Linvoy primed for arrival of former outfit

Pompey's Brett Pitman celebrates after scoring his second goal in their 2-0 win at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

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Linvoy Primus welcomed the prospect of entertaining his former club Barnet in the Carling Cup.

Primus will watch Pompey take on the side he started his career at in the first round of the competition.

The Blues will meet Lawrie Sanchez’s outfit at Fratton Park the week beginning August 8.

It will be an occasion that will have an extra bit of spice for the man who played 147 games for the north London side between 1994 and 1997.

Primus said: ‘I’ll be looking forward to seeing that famous yellow and black strip at Fratton Park.

‘I only ever came up against Barnet on one occasion after leaving the club and it was in this competition when I was at Reading.

‘Apart from the promotion season at Pompey, I had some of the best times of my career when I was there.

‘All the players were in the same position financially, there were no egos, it was a young team and we shared some good times together.

‘There were people like Maik Taylor, Dougie Freedman, Gary Breen and myself who went on to play Premier League football.

‘It was a great football education for me.

‘It would have been emotional if I was playing still.

‘But it will still bring back some nice memories.’

Barnet endured a tough period last season, securing their league status on the final day of the campaign at the expense of Lincoln.

Primus said: ‘As a former club, Barnet are someone I always look out for and see how they are doing in the table.

‘They hung on by the skin of their teeth last season.

‘They have been relegated before but have managed to get back in there.

‘I think it will be tough for them again next season, but I hope they do okay.’