Carson: I’d swap clean sheets for goals

Pompey keeper Trevor Carson Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey keeper Trevor Carson Picture: Joe Pepler

TREVOR CARSON admitted clean sheets are offering him little consolation as Pompey stutter in front of goal.

The keeper kept his third shutout on the bounce in last night’s 0-0 draw with high-flying Burton.

It’s now 395 minutes without the 26-year-old being beaten for the Blues, but Richie Barker’s men have failed to score over the same period in three consecutive stalemates.

And that is a cause of consternation for the Northern Irishman, who admitted he’d give away his clean sheets for goals at the other end in a heartbeat.

‘It’s frustrating. One 0-0 is fine, but three in a row is a bit different,’ said Carson

‘As a keeper, you are happy with clean sheets and a little bit of me is happy at that. But I’d sacrifice conceding a goal to win a game 2-1.

‘It just doesn’t seem to be going for us and, if I’m honest, we haven’t done enough to win the game.

‘I can’t put the finger on it at the moment but we are lacking that spark.’

Carson explained there has been focus on defensive improvement in Barker’s time at Fratton Parker.

But that doesn’t mean the Pompey manager, who was a striker in his playing days, is ignoring matters at the other end of the pitch.

Carson added: ‘We don’t look like beating teams by a few goals at the moment.

‘We’ve worked hard on the defence since the gaffer has come in. But he hasn’t neglected the forwards.

‘We spend a lot of time working on finishing.’