Ville ace ready to sweat for Pompey cause

Liam Walker on the ball. Picture: Steve Reid (124184-172)
Liam Walker on the ball. Picture: Steve Reid (124184-172)

Liam Walker celebrated his Pompey chance and promised: I’ll sweat for the shirt.

The Waterlooville midfielder made his first start for the Blues since September in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Yeovil.

It’s been a long and frustrating wait for starting minutes for the 24-year-old, who arrived at the club in the summer from Gibraltar.

But the playmaker showed what he is all about with some moments of creative quality.

Walker felt he wasn’t at the races in a first-half display that was as abject as any seen at Fratton Park in recent memory.

Pompey roused themselves after the break, however, and at least made a fist of the game as they pushed Yeovil back.

Walker played his role in that and is now pushing for more playing time as he looks to make his way in the English game.

He said: ‘I thought I did okay in the second half. The first half wasn’t the best.

‘I know my mistakes and need to work on them and make sure they don’t happen again.

‘If I get the chance again, I’ll try to do what I did in the second half and more.

‘We need to keep this club in League One and I’m ready to do all I can to help make that happen.

‘The strong side of my game is playmaking and I can score goals.

‘Hopefully, I can start scoring here and help us get some results.

‘The one thing I can do is offer 100 per cent as a minimum. I want this club to do well.

‘It’s been a long wait, sitting out week after week.

‘I appreciate being given the chance to get out there and show what I can do.

‘I want to play for Portsmouth. I want to get out there, play and sweat for the shirt.’

Saturday’s defeat made it 12 games without a win as Pompey remain entrenched in the League One drop zone.

The Blues’ ability to shoot themselves in the foot with terrible defending again reared its head for both goals.

Walker knows the side not only have to deal with balls into the box better – but also avoid giving away free-kicks in dangerous areas. He knows the Fratton faithful deserve better than what they are being served up at the moment.

Walker insisted he is prepared to deliver the commitment they demand as a minimum requirement.

He said: ‘The first-half was not good at all. It wasn’t acceptable.

‘We need to know what we did wrong and put it right – and fix it for the next game. We’ve been conceding from set-pieces. We need to stop giving the free-kicks away and defend them more strongly when we do.

‘The fans can’t be happy. It’s 12 games without a win.

‘I don’t care what club we are, you should get booed off when you are not performing.

‘They want to see 100 per cent. And they proved that when they clapped the players off at the second-half after we gave all we could give.

‘That’s what I want to do and what I want to give to them.

‘They appreciated that but the first half wasn’t acceptable.

‘We sat down at half-time and knew we had to battle.

‘That was what I tried to do, even if we didn’t get the result in the end.’