Pompey v Barnet: This will define our start

PAUL COOK believes the Barnet clash will ‘define’ Pompey’s start to the season.

The Blues look to put two frustrating home league draws to bed against the Bees at Fratton Park tomorrow.

Pompey manager Paul Cook Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey manager Paul Cook Picture: Joe Pepler

Cook’s side currently sit fifth in League Two on 12 points after six games.

That’s three points off early pacesetters Leyton Orient, with the same distance down to Carlisle in 11th.

Cook feels the table is now starting to take some shape.

The 48-year-old reckons a win against Martin Allen’s men will make it a decent start for his side.

I think it’s a big game in terms of it being defining.

Paul Cook

Cook said: ‘This is a good game for us and one to look forward to.

‘I just think the league is starting to take a little bit of shape.

‘I think it’s a big game in terms of it being defining.

‘We’re going into fixtures now where good results will see you get stronger.

‘Tomorrow, if we win, will put us in a very strong position in the league.

‘We’d have played seven games and have 15 points.

‘I call that a good start.

‘At the minute we are just flirting between having a good start and rocking.

‘A strong performance against Barnet will see us to a very good start.’

Meanwhile, Brian Murphy is winning his race to be fit for the Barnet clash.

Murphy was withdrawn at the interval against Accrington Stanley last weekend with a groin injury.

That leaves Cook weighing up whether to go with the Irishman or sticking with Paul Jones, who replaced Murphy against Accrington.

Cook added: ‘Brian is okay and should be back.

‘He felt his groin and it was more of precaution really.

‘That gives me a decision to make about who to choose.’