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Appleton happy with 'solid' centre-backs

20 September 2012

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton feels he has found an effective central-defensive partnership - if he can keep them fit.

Gabor Gyepes made a swift recovery from an ankle injury to partner debutant Lubor Michalik in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Swindon. Appleton has got through a host of defenders already this season with Paul Connolly, Kevin Long and Ashley Westwood falling victim to the injury curse.

He said: "I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that they're still a pairing in five or six games time. "

Appleton continued: "It would be nice to have that many games with the same centre-back pairing.

"They're going to take time to gel - they've only trained together for a few days. They'll get up to match pace in five or six games.

"They're both solid enough and will win plenty of headers. People might say they lack a bit of mobility, but I think they've got enough experience to deal with that."

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