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Portsmouth player issues verdict on Sunderland man ahead of clash



Portsmouth’s Nathan Thompson has admitted he’s looking forward to testing himself against Aiden McGeady this weekend, highlighting the importance of ‘doing a job’ on the Republic of Ireland winger.

Portsmouth and Sunderland come head to head in a huge promotion six-pointer at the Stadium of Light tomorrow, with McGeady having recently admitted he’s playing with a broken foot to get his side through the next few matches.

That’s prompted a response from the Pompey midfielder, who has already had to managed the 33-year-old’s talents during the recent EFL Trophy final.

“Aiden is probably one of the only players capable in the league who can play with a weakened foot and still get away with it because he’s that good,” the 28-year-old told “But it is a test that I am looking forward to.”

Thompson believes the Black Cats reliance on McGeady means stopping him is pivotal to getting on the right side of a result at the weekend.

“We did a job on him at Fratton Park. We got close to him and got bodies around him. He’s able to create a bit of room and they rely on him a little bit to create opportunities for players up front. It’s important we do a job on him again.”

Both teams have three matches left to play, with Pompey two points behind Barnsley and Sunderland four behind. Defeat for either would be hugely damaging and almost certainly ensure a play-off campaign after the 46-game season has ended.

The Verdict

The injury isn’t something he specifically mentions, but using language such as ‘do a job’ does conjure up images of hatchet men, tough tackles and minimising threats.

Thompson isn’t suggesting he’ll target McGeady’s foot, but you can bet it gets mentioned in their pre-match preparations. One good tackle could rule McGeady out of the game, ending his threat completely.

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