Pompey have talent to hit goal trail

Pompey striker Craig Westcarr   Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey striker Craig Westcarr Picture: Joe Pepler

Craig Westcarr believes Pompey are laden with goalscoring talent to lighten his load for the new campaign.

The Blues hitman reckons there are a host of players who can hit double figures for their side this season.

Westcarr has grabbed four goals in a promising warm-up period following his arrival from Walsall.

The 29-year-old has spoken of his happiness to take on the weight of goalscoring expectation for Andy Awford’s men.

But, after assessing his team-mates, he feels there is more than enough forward-thinking prowess in the ranks to give him support.

Pompey know their goal return last term wasn’t up to scratch, with Jed Wallace topping their scoring charts with seven strikes.

But, with Awford employing a 4-2-3-1 formation at the end of last season, attacking intent flowed.

And Westcarr is confident that will be the case in his maiden campaign with the Blues.

He said: ‘We know the goal return last season wasn’t good enough.

‘We are working hard on stuff every day to put that right and eradicate that.

‘We know we’ve got seven or eight players who are going to get into double figures this season.

‘I believe that can push us forward to where we need to be.

‘It’s great scoring but at the end of the day – for me – it’s about winning and moving forward.

‘It’s about the team winning and getting to where we want to be at the end of the season.’

Westcarr believes cashing in on the impetus created at the end of last season will be a key factor if Pompey are to start well in League Two, as the side go to Exeter next weekend.

He explained detecting that buzz around the club was a big factor in him choosing to link up with Awford’s men.

He said: From the first day I signed and the first time I met the manager there was a good feeling.

‘When I spoke to the manager and Mark (Catlin), you knew where the club wanted to go immediately.

‘They have kept that feeling going from last season.

‘The momentum here was probably the main thing about me coming.

‘There is that positiveness and they have been able to keep that going.

‘I don’t keep myself that alert with what people are saying or expecting.

‘The manager has spoken to us and we all have our own aims.

‘That all gets kept in house but we are determined to meet them this season.

‘I’m told the players finished the last season well.

‘I’ve heard and been told all about that.

‘It will be good to be able to keep the momentum going from that.’