Adam McGurk wants Pompey togetherness

Adam McGurk Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam McGurk Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey have lost two of their 16 league matches this season – drawing seven times
  • McGurk played 37 times in Burton’s League Two title success last term
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Adam McGurk has called for calm Pompey heads.

And the forward presented his time as a League Two title-winner with Burton as proof that sticking together can yield success.

I certainly believe in what the manager is doing, he has improved us loads, and we will get better. It’s just about bouncing back

Adam McGurk

The Blues suffered only their second defeat in 16 league matches when they lost 2-1 at Notts County on Saturday.

It also means the third-placed side have now gone three fixtures without victory, after drawing the other two.

McGurk was part of the Brewers side which last season went undefeated for the opening nine matches.

They then endured three successive losses against AFC Wimbledon, Bury and then Brighton in the Capital One Cup.

Regardless, Burton marched to the title – and promotion – by finishing unbeaten in their final 12 matches.

And 26-year-old McGurk is well aware of the strengths required to get out of the bottom division.

He said: ‘It is hard for any team, even Manchester United, if the opposition puts 11 men 40 yards from the goal. It is hard to break down any side if they are organised.

‘I don’t think we can get too disheartened with Saturday’s loss. It should hurt us all, which it does, but it is all about bouncing back.

‘You are not going to go the whole season without defeat and the main thing now is we bounce back and get another run going.

‘At Burton, in September last year, we lost three in a row after being unbeaten in the first nine – and that rocked us for a bit.

‘That is where you need to get together. You have got to keep supporting each other, make sure there is no tension in the dressing room or cliques.

‘You have to stay together and believe in what you are doing.

‘I certainly believe in what the manager is doing. He has improved us loads, and we will get better. It’s just about bouncing back.

‘We are not going to win every game and you have to take it on the chin every now and then, even though it is frustrating after dominating.

‘It is not as if we got battered at Notts County. That would be concerning if we had or were losing without looking threatening.’

Pompey’s league programme is now on hold as they entertain Macclesfield in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Time for the Blues to move on from that Magpies outcome.

McGurk added: ‘I thought we were good.

‘We looked dangerous in the first half, while in the second half we dominated the ball for the majority of the time without the penetration.

‘I couldn’t really see them (Notts County) scoring.

‘Then it’s just a free-kick into the box, everyone has missed it and it has beaten Murphs (Brian Murphy), so that’s it, it’s in, it’s done, no point crying about it.

‘It’s done and we just have to get on with it.’