Boss urges Pompey ambition

Guy Whittingham
Guy Whittingham

Guy Whittingham has warned his Pompey troops they must start climbing the table quickly.

The frustrated Blues boss saw his side held to a third 2-2 away draw of the season after dominating the game for long periods before Cheltenham’s injury-time equaliser.

But while some believe Pompey need time to stabilise after their recent brush with extinction, Whittingham maintains he is looking to mount a promotion challenge.

He said: ‘There are positives to come out of the game but you get frustrated that we’ve come away from home, played well, scored goals and only come away with a draw again.

‘We have played three away games, all of which we could and should have won.

‘So we should be six points better off and we’ve got to do something about it.

‘But we haven’t come in this season thinking “let’s just take our time”.

‘We want to bounce back. If you start the season thinking “we are here as a club and that’s all that matters”, then why not have a go at it?

‘It matters that we are here, of course it does.

‘But we want to do well and we need to start turning these draws into wins.’

While Pompey are definitely improving as the team plays together more, they are still conceding too many soft goals and the Blues boss is determined to eradicate the errors.

He said: ‘We all knew it was going to take time to get things right and we’ve always said that.

‘What we have is a group of players who can play good football.

‘But we need to balance that out and make ourselves harder to beat and harder to score against. We are working on it.’