Bean keen to start the battle

Matt Fish and Marcus Bean. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143211-5)
Matt Fish and Marcus Bean. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143211-5)
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Marcus Bean is determined to show he will not be bullied in the League Two battlefield.

The 30-year-old midfielder arrived on loan from Colchester yesterday to restore some steel to the Pompey midfield in the wake of James Dunne’s absence through injury.

Bean, who won promotion from League Two with Brentford three seasons ago, is renowned as a competitor from his previous spells with QPR, Blackpool and loan stays at Swansea and Rotherham.

And it will be welcome news to Pompey fans that boss Andy Awford has recruited another aggressive presence to his side.

Bean said: ‘I’m a box-to-box midfielder.

‘I’m pretty combative but I try to give it simple and then look to get in the box to score goals.

‘I keep it pretty simple really. I get it, give it, break things up when I can and I enjoy a battle!

‘Every time I step on the pitch, I think to myself: “don’t let the other guy bully you or outplay you”.

‘I want to stamp my authority in midfield and be better than the person I am up against.

‘I always have that in 
my mind when I play any game.’

The Londoner has found himself surplus to requirements at Colchester since the arrival of new manager Tony Humes in September.

But he insists he is fit 
and ready to make an immediate impression at Fratton Park.

He said: ‘The new manager has come in with new ideas and I wasn’t in the side. I wasn’t doing anything on a Saturday and it was horrible sitting at home and watching Soccer Saturday!

‘You want to be out there playing, so I was delighted when I got the call.

‘I was told that Portsmouth wanted to take me – it was a no-brainer for me and I agreed immediately.

‘I’m looking forward to it.

‘I’ve been keeping myself fit, I’m experienced and I know what it takes to be able to do that.

‘I’m ready and raring to 
go.’