Bean warns new club ahead of Pompey clash

Marcus Bean. Picture: Joe Pepler
Marcus Bean. Picture: Joe Pepler

MARCUS BEAN warned his Wycombe team-mates not to take Pompey lightly.

The man who joined the Chairboys after a loan spell at Fratton Park, which ended earlier this month, believes the Blues are in a false position in League Two.

And the midfielder has pinpointed winger Jed Wallace as a man the leaders will have to look out for on Saturday.

Bean admitted it was a tough call to make the switch to Adams Park, after six games and a single goal when on loan with Andy Awford’s side.

The 30-year-old impressed in that time and Awford was keen to give him a deal.

But with an agreement until the end of the campaign on the table, Bean instead preferred to sign the 18-month contract offered to him by Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth.

The former Brentford and QPR man is hopeful of a decent reception from the away fans he was recently playing for this weekend.

Bean said: ‘We will have to be wary as their league position doesn’t tell the full story.

‘Jed (Wallace) is scoring all the goals at the moment.

‘They have good players and a lot of quality.

‘But if we stick to our task and do what we do best we should be okay.

‘I’m not too sure what their fans will say, but I like to think I left on good terms.

‘I gave my all for Portsmouth with some good performances and I wish them all the best – apart from on Saturday.

‘I left because they wanted to extend my loan, but I wanted something more permanent, and that’s what Wycombe offered me.

‘It may have been a no-brainer for me, but it was still a difficult decision as I enjoyed my time there.’

It was Bean’s success in the lower leagues which prompted Awford to take him on loan after he’d fallen out of favour at Colchester.

The Jamaican international has picked up three promotions in his career to date.

After helping his new club to two wins and a draw in three appearances, he feels another could be on the agenda.

Bean said: ‘We have a lot of the ingredients here already that my other promotion-winning sides have had, and hopefully my experience can help us over the line.

‘It’s all about the willingness of the younger lads to learn, and I always try to be an ear for them to talk to. I’ve only been here a short time, but I’ve seen some good things.’