Pompey striker ready to make mark

Patrick Agyemang makes his Blues return at Burton. Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang makes his Blues return at Burton. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss praise for riding out defensive storm

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PATRICK AGYEMANG is ready to return to the Pompey fray at full throttle.

Andy Awford believes the striker is totally over his injury worries.

And that means Awford can now confidently welcome Agyemang’s mercurial talent back into the first-team picture.

The 33-year-old made a 16-minute appearance off the bench in the 2-0 defeat at Burton Albion on Sunday.

That confirmed an end to his hamstring injury after a cameo in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Yeovil last week.

Awford is pleased he can now use a player whose talent has often changed games during his 17 months at Fratton Park.

He said: ‘It was good to see Pat back out there again against Burton.

‘He’s had his hamstring injury, but he is back fit now.

‘He’s a good player to have around the place.’

Agyemang will sharpen his fitness as Pompey reserves travel to face Peterborough today.

That game marks the welcome return of second-string football for the Blues.

Agyemang is the ideal example of someone who will benefit from that decision.

Awford said: ‘Pat will play in the reserve game at Peterborough to get some more minutes into him.

‘Then we will see where he is at for the weekend.

‘He brings people into play and gives you something a bit different, because he has got that in his locker.’

– JORDAN CROSS

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