Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett is delighted to be able to unleash Omar Bogle on Walsall this evening, after the striker missed the recent defeat against Charlton.
Pompey have fallen out of the automatic promotion spots recently after a poor run of form, with Bogle signed in January to add depth to their attack.
Jackett told Portsmouth.co.uk that Bogle missed out this weekend through injury, but that he’s thrilled to finally have the former Grimsby man back in the fold this evening.
“We didn’t want to risk Omar on Saturday. It was a very, very close one and he felt okay, but generally we give players coming back from a hamstring a full week’s training. We think he’s now had enough time and are comfortable we’ve done everything right to get him back – and for him to stay back.”
Jackett’s side are in fourth place, eight points adrift of the top two and boast just one win in their last ten league matches.
The former Wolves boss hopes the 25-year-old, on loan from Cardiff City, can add an extra dimension to their attack.
“He has done well, is a talented player and, no disrespect to anybody who has played up front, he has given us a little bit more mobility in the centre-forward position. In terms of judging him, we are pleased with what we have seen so far – and are looking forward to him doing well.”
Ollie Hawkins, the player likely to miss out, has six goals from 25 starts, whilst last season’s leading scorer Brett Pitman has five from seven starts, but has made 15 appearances from the bench.
Bogle has bagged two in six for Portsmouth, but they desperate need to give their season a shot in the arm. They led convincingly at one stage, but have looked increasingly like a side destined to stay in League One.
It’s harsh on both Oliver Hawkins and Brett Pitman, neither have looked particularly bad and have helped lay on goals for Jamal Lowe and Ronan Curtis, who have 11 each.