Get set for a Barker revolution

Patrick Agyemang expects changes at Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang expects changes at Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler

PATRICK AGYEMANG is bracing himself for a Pompey revolution following Richie Barker’s arrival.

Agyemang is expecting there to be a turnaround in personnel after the appointment of Guy Whittingham’s successor at Fratton Park.

The striker feels plugging a leaky defence is going to be the first port of call for the man chosen to carry the Blues forward this season.

He felt some sympathy for Whittingham, who was given the boot two weeks ago.

But Agyemang is now fully expecting changes, as is always the case when a new man arrives at the helm.

He said: ‘Guy brought me to the club and I’m sad he left. I wish we could have done better for him.

‘That’s how it goes in football sometimes.

‘Now a new manager will come in and will want to change things around.

‘Guy’s gone and we are still here.

‘We are the ones who have to go out there and do it.

‘And we are the ones who have to show that to the new manager.’

Agyemang admits plugging a porous defence has to be the focus for Barker, after coming into the fray.

And the fact the team was put together in the summer carries no weight with the joint-top scorer.

‘We can’t keep saying we are a new team. We’ve been together a while now,’ said Agyemang.

‘We’ve played quite a few games together and know everyone’s strengths.

‘We can’t keep making excuses, we just need to start getting results. It’s as simple as that.

‘We’ve got to stop leaking goals. If someone comes in, we need to look at the shape and that issue.

‘We are improving and the defence played well in the main against Wycombe.

‘We defended well but there are lapses in concentration, and that’s what we need to sort out.

‘Maybe we need to work on that a bit more – and taking chances as well and our finishing.

‘I’m sure it will come – it’s just a matter of when.’

Agyemang remains confident Pompey possess the players to make an impact this season – but have to now show that.

He said: ‘The confidence will help. We need that.

‘The new manager coming in will want to get the most out of everyone.

‘The players are there to do it.

‘Fleetwood are the best team I’ve seen in this league.

‘Every single other team haven’t really hurt us, but it’s been our own mistakes.

‘We should have beaten Oxford, then beat them away when they were at the top of the table.

‘Southend the other day should have been 3-0 or 4-0, and they are at the top.

‘There is not much in it, but we need results to prove we are as good as everyone else in this league.’