Pompey: Wallace given Daggers nod

Jed Wallace shows his frustration on a day to forget at Roots Hall on Saturday
Jed Wallace shows his frustration on a day to forget at Roots Hall on Saturday

Jed Wallace has been given the green light to play against Dagenham & Redbridge tonight.

But Ryan Taylor, Nigel Atangana and Nick Awford continue to be sidelined.

Wallace sparked fears of a lay-off when he came off in the 79th minute against Southend with a calf injury.

The problem is actually cramp-related and Andy Awford insists he is available for the Blues tomorrow.

Jack Whatmough has also been given the nod after being troubled by cramp at Roots Hall as well, yet managed to see out the 90 minutes.

But Awford is not anticipating any returns among his walking wounded for tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

‘Jed is fit, he will play,’ said Awford.

‘He got cramp and was then kicked on it so couldn’t put his foot on the floor. That made it doubly worse.

‘Jed was gutted and apologetic to me on the way home on the bus, he kept saying “I shouldn’t have cramp”, but he’s a young lad doing his utmost trying to get us back into the game.

‘So he is fit and will play – as is Jack Whatmough.

‘Nigel Atangana and Nick Awford trained yesterday morning and will train with the group on Thursday. They are the two closest now to getting back within the group.

‘With Ryan Taylor, the problem with his groin he had in pre-season has recurred so it’s a case of it settling down, but he won’t be available for Tuesday or Saturday.’

Meanwhile, Awford revealed how injuries hampered his substitutions on Saturday.

Wallace was forced to come off, while for a period there were concerns over Whatmough remaining on the pitch.

And for the Blues boss, the problems wrecked the timing of his team changes.

He added: ‘Every time we tried to make a substitution someone went down.

‘It was all bitty and we didn’t get Pat Agyemang on as early as we wanted to because we were making sure Jack was okay.

‘Then Jed went down!

‘We put Dan Butler on to go with wing-backs, but then couldn’t get Joe Devera on to do it because the injury to Jed used up another sub.’