Agyemang: Give me a chance

Patrick Agyemang in action against Southend on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang in action against Southend on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss points to lack of cutting edge

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Patrick Agyemang has urged Andy Awford to give him the chance to solve Pompey’s goal-scoring problems.

The striker is desperate to make a first start of the campaign, having proven his fitness following injury.

The Blues are currently enduring a barren spell in front of goal, having failed to net in their past three League Two fixtures.

Taking into account all competitions, they have now drawn blanks in four of the past five matches.

Tonight they host struggling Dagenham & Redbridge, with a positive result crucial.

With Ryan Taylor hampered with a groin injury, Ryan Bird departed and David Connolly out of favour, Awford’s striking ranks are presently depleted.

But Agyemang’s return to the squad has been timely, having recovered from a hamstring problem sustained on the eve of the season.

And following a second successive substitute appearance at Southend, the 33-year-old is eager to face the Daggers at Fratton Park to end the goal drought.

He said: ‘I felt alright when I came on against Southend.

‘A couple of balls were lumped into the air but, for me, my best attributes is when I get the ball to my feet.

‘The first time that happened I created a chance for the team, the second time I played it down the line to get a cross in.

‘If you get the ball into my feet I can create chances for the team and for myself.

‘I know it was a difficult one on Saturday because Jack Whatmough went down with cramp.

‘The gaffer wanted to bring me on 10 minutes earlier but had to make sure Jack didn’t come off. Once he was alright that was when I came on – and it was too late for a chance to come along.

‘That’s three league defeats in a row but I don’t think that has affected confidence – we just need to work hard in training and identify what is going wrong.

‘We need to have a more cutting edge up top, players need to get dug in really because they are not doing enough and it needs to improve.

‘The strikers need to stand up really, the defensive midfielders can only hold out for only so long.

‘I haven’t played that much but I am here to add something to it now, I am fit, feeling good and raring to go.’

The Daggers arrive tonight 19th in League Two, having won two of their opening seven league games.

That is followed by the Blues’ visit of Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

They represent two timely consecutive home matches for Pompey as they seek to emerge from the current blip.

Agyemang added: ‘It definitely helps having two home games because I know we are confident playing at home.

‘There might be a little bit more pressure on us now because we lost the game at Southend, but I am sure we can do better.

‘I am not concerned about creating chances. I just think we need to get the confidence back up. We have proven we can beat anyone in this league and create chances on our day.

‘We just need to start having our day more regularly and the results will start coming.’