Mansfield Town gave a debut to loanee Chesterfield striker Mani Dieseruvwe for today’s big home game against play-off rivals Portsmouth.
The 6ft 5ins hitman was selected to partner Matt Green up front.
A big surprise today was the absence of winger Reggie Lambe, called up by Bermuda and set to miss the next three games.
In came Fulham loanee Sean Kavanagh for only his second Stags start.
Along with Lambe, also missing from the side that lost 1-0 at Bristol Rovers was Matty Blair, relegated to the bench.
Stags were looking to halt a run of three straight 1-0 defeats and no goals in 275 minutes of football to keep their play-offs dream alive.
STAGS: Shearer, Benning, Rose, Pearce, Collins (C), Clements, Green, Tafazolli, Dieseruvwe, Kavanagh, Alfei. Subs: Jensen, Chapman, Beardsley, Daniel, Blair, Thomas, Baxendale.
POMPEY: Fulton, Davies, Stevens, Webster, Burgess, Doyle, McNulty, Naismith, Smith, Bennett, Hollands. Subs: Bass, McGurk, Barton, Tollitt, Chaplin, Clarke, Evans. REFEREE: Carl Boyeston of East Yorkshire.
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