Agyemang: Fans’ faith in me is key

The Fratton faithful have got Patrick Agyemang's confidence soaring. Picture: Sarah Standing (13824-5534)
The Fratton faithful have got Patrick Agyemang's confidence soaring. Picture: Sarah Standing (13824-5534)
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Patrick Agyemang savoured his standing ovation and admitted: My confidence is thriving.

And the Blues striker thanked Pompey’s fans for allowing his belief to grow after played a key role in Coventry’s downfall.

Agyemang grabbed the second goal of his loan stay in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the Sky Blues.

The 32-year-old delivered another textbook example of how to lead the line with his hold-up play, constantly troubling Steven Pressley’s side.

Pompey’s performance was full of positives but there were few more encouraging than the display of the man who arrived from Stevenage last month.

Agyemang explained the move to Fratton Park had rebuilt his morale.

He again spoke of the fact that ebbing confidence has been a big factor in his career.

But that belief is riding the crest of the wave as he finds himself appreciated by Pompey fans.

That was seen as he was afforded a standing ovation by the home crowd when he was replaced by John Akinde late on.

Agyemang told of his appreciation for that reception – and underlined the fact he would like to stay at Pompey long term.

He said: ‘I’m playing well and enjoying it, so hopefully the team continue to do well.

‘At the moment, I’m feeling good and I feel I can do anything.

‘I’m a massive confidence player. I’m my own worst critic. Even when I do well I normally find something to bring me down.

‘That’s been a downfall in my career. I should be more positive.

‘But I do feel really positive at the moment.

‘It feels good (to get a standing ovation). I’ve got the whole crowd shouting my name and telling me I’ve done well. I have to take that as a big positive.

‘We’re taking it as it comes because we don’t know what is going on at the club at the moment.

‘I can’t say I’m going to be here next year because no-one can.

‘But I’m here at the moment and that’s what I want to work on.

‘The way things are going with the crowd and the manager I wouldn’t mind staying, though.’

Agyemang’s understanding with David Connolly continues to improve – and the evidence of that was present in Saturday’s performance.

The striker believes a settled side in allowing Pompey’s understanding to grow.

The side was changed for the first time in six games with Shaun Cooper replacing Dan Butler.

Agyemang believes both the side’s stability and the weekend change are plus points.

He said: ‘As I’m getting older and more experienced I can do the hold-up play.

‘That allows David to go in behind and I can add to that as well.

‘At the moment it’s going well and it’s solid performances.

‘We strong at the back and there’s a threat up front. It’s looking good.

‘We have been able to keep everyone fit.

‘Dan has been doing well but has played a lot of games.

‘It’s been something like 13 games in a row.

‘So I think that’s the only reason he came out of the side.

‘He needs a rest but Shaun Cooper came in and did really well.’