Portsmouth were hoping for an improved defensive display as Tottenham visited Fratton Park today.
The south-coast club have conceded 10 goals in the last two games and boss Harry Redknapp was given a boost with the return of captain and former Tottenham centre-half Sol Campbell.
Midfield playmaker Lassana Diarra passed a fitness test and Redknapp also gave former Reading winger Glen Little a debut in the Premier League clash, in place of John Utaka.
Bottom-of-the-table Tottenham had problems of their own with Gareth Bale joining their injured list. Manager Juande Ramos decided to put top-scorer Darren Bent on the bench alongside fit-again Luka Modric, and handed recalls to David Bentley, Gilberto and Michael Dawson.
Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Belhadj, Little, Diarra, Hughes, Armand Traore, Crouch, Defoe.
Subs: Ashdown, Kaboul, Hreidarsson, Pamarot, Utaka, Mvuemba, Kanu.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Jenas, Zokora, O’Hara, Gilberto, Pavlyuchenko.
Subs: Cesar, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bent, Modric, Gunter, Giovani.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)