Pompey 0 AFC Wimbledon 0: Enda Stevens ready to take some extra risks

Enda Stevens. Picture: Joe Pepler
Enda Stevens. Picture: Joe Pepler

Enda Stevens believes Pompey must start taking a few more risks with their play.

The Blues left-back was part of another frustrating afternoon at Fratton Park as Paul Cook’s side once again failed in their attempts to secure a home victory.

We can probably afford to be a bit more spontaneous and a bit more risky

Enda Stevens

The 0-0 scoreline saw Pompey slip down to fourth in the League Two standings after the other results this weekend.

While it is certainly no cause for panic stations just yet, the home form must be starting to become a concern for the manager and his coaching staff.

So far this campaign, the Blues have already dropped 15 points at home having taken 12 from a possible 27 from their nine fixtures at Fratton.

But it’s a healthy 17 points out of 24 on their travels, which keeps them well in the promotion hunt, even when they have not been firing on all cylinders.

Pompey’s defence continues to look pretty secure.

But Stevens now thinks there’s scope to take a few more risks in search of a victory without upsetting those solid foundations.

He said: ‘I still think we look solid enough at the back and Wimbledon didn’t create too much.

‘I think that base is there for us to build from.

‘Now it’s just about us being a bit more fluent going forward and maybe taking a few more risks as individuals.

‘I think we can afford to be a bit more open now and it wouldn’t affect everything else.

‘We’ve got the solid two centre-backs and the two guys in midfield.

‘We should have enough from the rest of us to create a few more chances.

‘We can probably afford to be a bit more spontaneous and a bit more risky.

‘Of course, you want to make sure the balance doesn’t go the other way and that’s what we will be working on.

‘It’s pretty tough because we are trying to create opportunities and obviously want to score a lot more goals than we are at the moment.

‘Teams are coming here and giving us a lot of respect.

‘We probably didn’t create enough chances and we didn’t work the goalkeeper enough.

‘So we’re disappointed with that.’

The Irishman felt it was one of the Pompey’s poorer displays of an otherwise encouraging campaign.

And a bright start looked like it could yield an early goal for Cook’s side.

Stevens said: ‘It’s frustrating.

‘We weren’t at our best and I’m not going to say we were.

‘I thought we started very well and we had them pinned in.

‘But after that start, we got a bit sloppy and they started getting in behind us.

‘Then we dropped a bit deeper.

‘It’s just not quite happening for us at the moment.’

While there were some boos of frustration from the supporters at the final whistle, Stevens insists the fans are not alone with their disappointment.

He said: We’re always frustrated when we don’t win as well.

‘We want to win every game.

‘It’s not like we are sitting back. We are dominating most games.

‘We just need that little bit of luck to go our way to get that confidence going.’