Pompey defender takes blame for goal

Jack Whatmough. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jack Whatmough. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matty Kennedy. Picture: Joe Pepler

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JACK WHATMOUGH held his hands up for Carlisle’s goal after winning the race to start the season.

Whatmough was given the nod to begin the campaign in Paul Cook’s first XI at the back in Saturday’s campaign-opening 1-1 draw.

It was the Gosport talent’s second start in 17 months after suffering a cruciate knee injury against Cheltenham in March 2015.

Whatmough felt he was at fault for Reggie Lambe’s 14th-minute goal in a testing first half.

But the 19-year-old vowed to learn from the experience after taking responsibility for it.

He said: ‘I’ll take the blame.

‘I dropped deep to cover Burge (Christian Burgess) and didn’t squeeze back up.

‘They got in-behind because of that. I’ll take the blame for that.

‘It wasn’t my strongest of 45 minutes. My passing wasn’t great. Maybe it was the occasion.

‘But I grew into the game and felt I got better as it went on. It’s a learning curve.

‘When Burge goes to win the ball I cover round.

‘It’s the first time we’ve played together in a competitive match.

‘I’ve got things to learn and he has things to learn about me.

‘It’s learning curve and I can only get better from it.’

Whatmough took heart from emphatically putting his injury problems behind him, however, with Saturday’s start.

The England under-19 man saw Cook’s selection as reward for the graft he’s put in to make a full recovery.

Whatmough said: ‘I’ve worked hard and I’ve pushed myself to show the gaffer I’m fit.

‘He gave me that opportunity, so hopefully I can get more chances to go out and impress.’

- JORDAN CROSS