Portsmouth assistant manager Joe Gallen has hinted that the system used to beat Birmingham City could be used in the long run for Pompey.
Speaking to Portsmouth News following his side’s 3-0 win over the Championship side, the Pompey assistant admitted that the success of the 4-3-3 formation deployed by Kenny Jackett could be used in the upcoming weeks, and that it will be used this weekend against Tranmere Rovers.
Portsmouth largely used a 4-2-3-1 system last season as formation stats from Transfermarkt show.
Speaking to the press following Portsmouth’s impressive win over Birmingham, Gallen said: “We slightly changed the system where we played with a number four and two eights. That was different to Saturday when we played with two fours and a 10.
“The manager has come with a system where he’s played a four, two eights and a front three. We’ve got good players and need to find the appropriate system for them. Once that gets set we feel capable of winning four, five or six on the trot.”
Indeed, finding a new system and formation to work with is an encouraging sign from Jackett, who missed out on promotion to the Championship last season via the play-offs to Sunderland.
With two key players from last season in Matt Clarke and Jamal Lewis both gone this summer, a change in tactics might have been in the back of Jackett’s mind, and with the Pompey manager now going ahead with a plan of evolving the tactics, it could be the changing element to the squad that seemingly takes the south coast team into the promotion spots come the end of the season.
Portsmouth got off to a poor start to their League One campaign last weekend, but with a win against Birmingham with the new system under Jackett’s belt, it could give the team the confidence they need to take Tranmere Rovers head-on and get their season back on track.
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