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Saturday 13 September K.O. 15:00

UNSY FORCED TO WAIT

UNSY FORCED TO WAIT

Portsmouth coach Joe Jordan has vowed not to be swayed by sentimentality surrounding David Unsworth when helping to select the team to face Everton.

Unsworth, who has recently recovered from a hamstring injury, has spoken of his desire to face his former club on his old stomping ground, but Jordan said:

"It wasn't a question of saving him for the Everton game.

"The team was picked on merit and that's how David will want to get back in. He won't expect any sentiment vote even though we know he's desperate to play.

"The fact that he's back is a bonus along with Dejan Stefanovic. These are two players who have been out and we've been a bit light at the back.

"But now we have more options for a crowded programme. One of them will play against Everton but we'll see who."

Unsy, who recently returned to Goodison to watch the 200th Merseyside derby, is looking to get one over his former club after suffering defeat to Everton at Fratton Park in September.

He said: "It was a bit of an anti-climax because I had all my people there after being bombarded for tickets in the week and we didn't come up to scratch on the day, although I thought it could have gone either way.

"So it would be nice to get a big welcome up there. I was disappointed to leave because I was there 12 years with just a little break at West Ham and I think I was the highest scoring Premiership defender with over 30 goals.

"I've landed on my feet at Portsmouth. The family love the area and it is a great set of lads, but playing for Everton was special. I got a huge chant from the crowd at the last Merseyside derby and that will stay with me a long time."

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