Morecambe have given Blues timely awakening

Ian Foster. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ian Foster. Picture: Joe Pepler

Foster: We’ve been given wake-up call

And the Blues players have been told they were guilty of taking the threat of Morecambe too lightly in Saturday’s dramatic 3-3 draw.

If we takes teams lightly we won’t get away with it, that’s for sure.

Ian Foster

Paul Cook’s side fell three goals behind in 38 minutes to the rampant Shrimps during a first-half horror show at Fratton Park.

But a stirring comeback was completed in stoppage-time as 10-man Pompey salvaged a point with Jayden Stockley’s 95th-minute leveller.

All the talk has been of Cook’s men charging to promotion this season.

First-team coach Ian Foster believes the game served as a warning to players getting wrapped up in the hype.

Foster said: ‘It’s early days and, with the best will in the world, it’s probably fortunate this happened to us at this stage.

‘It shows you if our standards drop we will get punished.

‘If we take teams lightly we won’t get away with it, that’s for sure.

‘Maybe one or two of the players have been guilty of that.

‘So maybe it’s not a bad thing it’s happened now.

‘It’s best it happens early in the season.

‘The lads can now take stock of the game.

‘We can analyse this now and improve – that’s the biggest thing we need to do.

‘We need to improve – all of us.’

Foster took solace from the resolve Pompey showed – and the quality the team possesses – to earn themselves a point.

He said: ‘As a group, for 45 minutes it was clear to see we weren’t at it.

‘But we’ve shown character to get ourselves a point.

‘The quality we’ve got in the team has allowed us to get three goals.

‘And we could have got one or two more.’