Paul Cook fires goalkeeper warning at Pompey

Brian Murphy. Picture: Joe Pepler
Brian Murphy. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Poke leaves Pompey on loan having never played for the first team
  • Triallist Murphy spent the last four years at QPR, making six appearances
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Paul Cook has warned Paul Jones his Pompey place is not safe.

And the Blues boss has already shaken up his goalkeeping department by loaning Michael Poke to Eastleigh.

It’s good for Michael that he goes out and plays football now. I think he has been too long without football, he needs to play

Paul Cook

Jones was an unused substitute at Woking last night as Pompey secured a 2-0 victory.

Instead former QPR and Bohemians keeper Brian Murphy featured for the entire 90 minutes at the Kingfield Stadium.

Earlier in the day, Jones’ understudy Poke agreed a switch to Eastleigh until January, leaving Pompey with only one keeper.

Now Murphy has arrived as a triallist as Cook seeks to create added competition.

He said: ‘I just feel we need to create more competition for places in areas.

‘I feel we have conceded a lot of goals over the past year. People will always have someone to blame and I want to shake it up – so that is what we are going to do.

‘No-one’s position is safe at the club.

‘I think when you finish in the league position we did (last year) it’s easy to point the finger of blame towards someone, I am not particularly like that, I like to think we are all culpable.

‘But nobody is safe, we just want to work hard to get better.

‘It’s good for Michael that he goes out and plays football now. I think he has been too long without football, he needs to play.

‘Brian (Murphy) has obviously been a top keeper so we are working away to see what we can do.

‘We probably couldn’t afford him at the minute but you never know what changes day by day.

‘I came across him in Ireland, he played for Bohemians and conceded a record low amount of goals when they won the league. He’s a fantastic goalkeeper.

‘He’s had a bit of time at QPR as an understudy, we will just wait and see what happens.’

Meanwhile, Theo Robinson’s loan spell has ended at Fratton Park.

The former Doncaster Rovers striker appeared in all four of Pompey’s previous friendlies, netting against Gosport Borough.

However, the Blues have decided against making an offer, ensuring their hunt for another striker continues.

Cook has admitted, though, that talks over a deal for Gareth Evans are progressing as he continues to impress.

The midfielder netted against Woking last night, adding to the one he scored against Coventry City on Tuesday.

Cook added: ‘At the minute Theo has left the club.

‘We just want to keep looking at other options and aren’t in a position at present to offer him a contract. We thought it best he goes and gets a contract.

‘Theo’s a good player, I’m sure he will get one.

‘We are speaking to Gareth at the minute and hopefully something will come of that.’