Pompey need to find a ‘proper poacher’

Guy Whittingham
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I will admit to being rather negative about Pompey in this column over the past few months.

It just seemed that this was a team who had too many excuses for finding a way to lose.

Often those excuses came from ex-manager Steve Cotterill, who sometimes gave the impression that defeats were part of some dastardly plot against the club.

Cotterill was in similar ‘how did we lose that?’ mode after Pompey had beaten his Forest team 3-0 on Saturday.

It did strike a familiar chord.

But from Pompey’s perspective, there is now a real chance to push on up the table.

The performance in an admittedly dull game at Palace last week was exactly the kind of mean, tight ‘give ’em nowt’ display required.

Keeper Stephen Henderson hardly had to make a serious save all night – and if Pompey continue to play like that away, results on the road will pick up.

As I left Selhurst Park, there was a feeling of perhaps a corner being turned.

Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray will have left the ship in rather better condition than they found it when they hand over to the new manager.

But there is still a need to splash out a little on a ‘proper poacher’ in January.

Trouble is, every team is looking for one, and they don’t come cheap in fees or wages.

Down the years, Pompey have had the likes of Ron Saunders, Ray Hiron, Dave Kemp, Alan Biley, Mark Hateley, Whittingham and many more who were instinctive scorers.

Time to find another in that mould.