East: Pompey strike duo will continue to fire

Patrick Agyemang on the attack at Accrington. Picture: Ste Jones
Patrick Agyemang on the attack at Accrington. Picture: Ste Jones
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Danny East has backed Pompey’s striking double act to plunder the goals in League Two this season.

Patrick Agyemang and David Connolly find themselves in the bottom division of the Football League for the first time in their long careers.

Yet already both have got off the mark from the opening two matches of the league campaign.

Connolly’s double in the 2-2 draw at Accrington last weekend ensured the 36-year-old has now scored in every division in England.

It also takes his partnership with Agyemang to 12 goals from 12 starts.

Since paired together for the first time for Pompey in February against MK Dons, Connolly has netted nine times and Agyemang three.

It’s an understanding initially honed at Wimbledon more than a decade earlier.

And East believes the duo can keep on firing, continuing with the visit of Morecambe on Saturday.

He said: ‘I think this is a partnership which will get a lot of goals.

‘They are a very good partnership who work well together, even in training.

‘They come together so well and it is pleasing on the eye as well, they are good to watch.

‘Connolly is unbelievable. He looks 17, doesn’t he?

‘Now he is up and running this season.

‘He is always talking, he’s very busy – busy around the box.

‘And his link-up play is very good.

‘As for his finishing, it is unbelievable and he will get goals.

‘With Pat it is incredible how good his feet are for the size of him.

‘People think he is there just to head it and bring others into play, but he showed on Saturday a little bit more than that.

‘Every game I have seen him so far, he has proven how good his feet are.

‘The pair of them are going to keep scoring goals as well, you can see that.’

It took five games before Guy Whittingham was eventually able to match the pair up at Pompey last season.

That was down to injury to Connolly and the presence of on-loan striker James Keene.

Since the 1-1 draw with MK Dons, however, they have been his preferred striking choice – and for good reason.

They have started 12 of the Blues’ past 14 matches together in the league, netting 12 goals between them.

Connolly was rotated and didn’t feature in the Capital One Cup defeat at Bournemouth earlier this week.

His replacement that day was Tom Craddock.

And East also believes there is plenty of alternative fire-power in the Pompey squad this season.

He added: ‘There are other strikers as well, on the bench raring to go.

‘Craddock has got a great record in this league and can score a lot of goals and obviously there is Ryan (Bird) and (Ashley) Harris as well.

‘There are options.’