Portsmouth head coach Kenny Jackett has told The News that James Vaughan was dropped from the squad as  he wanted something a little different on the bench.

Vaughan is currently on loan at Portsmouth from Wigan Athletic and it’s fair to say this move hasn’t worked out for either party. After signing on loan at the end of the January transfer window, he has only made seven appearances, all of them coming as a substitute. But despite that, he is usually named on the bench and is seen as a solid squad player though he is yet to score.

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But for Saturday’s match against Rochdale, which they won comfortably 4-1, Vaughan was dropped from the bench and would have to watch the game from the stands with Louis Dennis coming in to replace him. when asked about this, Jackett said that he did this because he wanted something a bit different on the bench for this match.

He said: “It was just selection, James was fully fit – I just decided to go with somebody slightly different.”

“With the likes of Hawkins and Omar Bogle in, I wanted somebody different. Louis Dennis can cover maybe one or two different positions and formations.”

“Louis has done very well this year without getting many opportunities, but we’ve been pretty strong going forward.”

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“It is tough for him, but I want to keep him encouraged because he is a player I do believe in.”

“It’s just one or two different positions, that’s where it was on Saturday.”

“Being able to change formation at the right time is quite important.”

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