PORTLAND United manager Kyle Critchell feels the Blues can exploit weaknesses in Andover New Street’s game when the two sides meet at the Camp & Satherley Stadium tomorrow (3pm).

Critchell expects an entertaining game as both teams prefer an attacking brand of football.

Their results have also been prosperous, with Portland sitting seventh and New Street in ninth in the Velocity Wessex League Premier Division table.

Speaking to Echosport, Critchell outlined how he feels the islanders can hurt The Street.

He said: “They are probably a fairly unknown commodity to people but they’re, from my understanding, a very organised side, a very attacking side.

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“We’re going to have to be at our best defensively to win the game.

“That being said, I think on transition and on the counter we can create some chances as well. It probably sets itself up quite nicely for a very entertaining game.

“We’re going to do our homework and we’ve already set our gameplan up so we can defend in good areas, but we need to have an attacking intent behind us.

“If we do both of those things, it should give us a chance of getting the three points and we can build some more momentum.”

Looking at a congested mid-table, with only six points covering Portland in seventh to Fareham in 13th, Critchell said: “A victory would definitely make the league look prettier for us again.

“Any home game is a winnable game and it’s something we should be aiming for. We’re definitely aware of Andover’s threats.

“Apart from the top four, they’ve scored a huge amount of goals.”

He added: “At the beginning of the season I said I’d see us as a team that fits in between 10th and sixth.

“There’s always that hope, anticipation and what-if? Can we nick that fifth play-off spot?

“At the moment, it seems like it’s wide open. Brockenhurst are in there at the moment but there’s probably four or five sides in there fighting for it.

“While we can, we’re definitely going to strive for the highest position in the league table.”

Ben Morris misses out through unavailability, but George Stuttle returns.