Gyepes lifts lid on Pompey triallist frenzy

Gabor Gyepes is relieved that Pompey now have a settled squad
Gabor Gyepes is relieved that Pompey now have a settled squad

Gabor Gyepes reflected on Pompey’s mid-season triallist chaos and insisted: That’s why we couldn’t win.

Gyepes has lifted the lid on the ‘open days’ at the Blues’ training ground as the club endured the worst winless run in their history.

Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham had been forced to undergo a mid-season squad overhaul in the wake of the club’s fight for survival.

Gyepes has since played a key role while that side have settled under Whittingham as the season reaches a conclusion.

That stability has seen Pompey lose just one of their past eight games going into today’s clash with Stevenage.

That’s a far cry from what Whittingham and his staff were faced with in January.

With Pompey’s wage bill being slashed and some players keen to jump ship, Whittingham was effectively forced to construct a new team on a shoestring budget at the start of 2013.

That led to a frenetic period at the training ground as triallists flooded into the club.

Gyepes told of the depth of that player search while Pompey went 23 games without a win.

He feels it’s no coincidence the Blues’ vast improvement in recent weeks has coincided with continuity unimaginable in that period.

Gyepes said: ‘We are a team now.

‘I remember earlier in the season when we had a period in the middle of the season when every day was open day.

‘I don’t know how many triallists were everywhere and visiting the training ground.

‘I remember one day they played a friendly game between each other. There were that many.

‘That wasn’t helping us. It’s not excuses, but when you look for a reason it’s easy to see that.

‘That’s why we couldn’t make a good performance and why we weren’t winning games.

‘Now, if you look at the past two months you can see almost the same XI every week. There aren’t as many changes.’

Gyepes feels fitness among the players who arrived this year is another key factor in Pompey’s strong end-of-season performances.

The defender pinpointed Patrick Agyemang as someone who highlights that.

Gyepes said: ‘The players who have joined us and were free agents are now getting in shape.

‘The players are now able to show us what they have.

‘I think Patrick Agyemang is a good example.

‘When he joined us he was a player who was not fit enough. He didn’t play with confidence, but now, game by game he has got better and can score and create chances.

‘He is doing a great job for the team. We are happy with him and the other lads who have also improved.

‘We know we have a chance to win games now.

‘It’s in our hands and things are a bit different.’