Blues out to avoid being set adrift with low

From left: James Dunne, Matt Tubbs and Joe Devera applaud the Fratton faithful Picture: Joe Pepler
From left: James Dunne, Matt Tubbs and Joe Devera applaud the Fratton faithful Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Football League low beckons for Pompey
  • Blues need to finish 13th to equal last season’s effort
  • Waddock out to give more youngsters playing time

POMPEY’s players are motivated to avoid being set adrift as the club’s lowest-ever league finishers.

The current crop of players are facing being cast alone as the team who slumped to the Blues’ worst-ever Football League position.

Nobody wants to be associated with records of that nature.

Matt Tubbs

Anything less than a win against York tomorrow would ensure they end up lower than last season’s 13th-place finish.

That sums up how disappointing a campaign it’s been, following hopes high of achieving promotion last August.

Striker Matt Tubbs knows the players will not want to be seen in that light.

And he is fully aware the fans deserve some end-of-season cheer after a hugely-disappointing campaign.

‘Nobody wants to be associated with records of that nature,’ said Tubbs.

‘It’s something for us to play for.

‘If we can’t go out and give it our all for 90 minutes then there is something wrong.

‘The players are about to have six weeks off.

‘We’ve got one game to go out and put in a performance, and then the season is over.

‘It’s up to us to sign off with a win and give the supporters something.’

Pompey can equal the same finish as last season, but will need results to go their way to do so.

Caretaker boss Gary Waddock believes the club’s next managerial appointment is the most important issue at present.

He believes another performance like the ones he’s seen from the players since he took charge will see a positive finale.

Waddock said: ‘The record can be a motivation.

‘We’re looking to continue performances.

‘If we get the performances right there’s a good chance of getting results.

‘It’s been a tough season, a difficult season.

‘Where we are at this moment in time, the most important thing is getting the position right as a manager.

‘We want to finish the season on a high, that’s for sure.

‘We want the win, but it has been a difficult period for everybody.’

With Pompey bringing the curtain down on the season tomorrow at Fratton Park, there is every chance Waddock will continue to give some of the club’s emerging players minutes.

Adam May, Conor Chaplin and Ben Close have all featured recently along with established youngsters Dan Butler, Adam Webster and Jed Wallace.

Waddock said: ‘In the games I’ve given younger players an opportunity. There may be a chance for more minutes.

‘It’d be nice to do that.

‘There’s good players here – good young players,

‘Conor Chaplin. Ben Close, Young Adam (May) and then Adam Webster and even Jed Wallace.

‘Sometimes you need that opportunity but when you get it you have to take it.

‘You also need someone prepared to put them in.

‘Awfs did and I’ve got some players here in these games.

‘There are good players here and, given time, there could be four, five or six who could make the team regularly.’