Roberts: Baker can enhance impressive Pompey goal tally

Carl Baker celebrates scoring against Mansfield. Picture: Joe Pepler
Carl Baker celebrates scoring against Mansfield. Picture: Joe Pepler
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GARY ROBERTS has tipped Carl Baker to be an increasingly influential attacking weapon for Pompey this season.

Two late strikes from Baker helped see off Mansfield 4-0 at Fratton Park last weekend.

He’s already returned an impressive six goals in 16 games since his Blues arrival in the summer.

Roberts, who plays alongside Baker behind the striker for Pompey, feels the attributes the former MK Dons and Coventry City player has make him a difficult player to shackle.

Ahead of today’s trip to Cheltenham, he is confident the goals will continue to flow for his team-mate.

Roberts said: ‘Carl can use both feet.

‘You don’t see many players who can come in on their left foot and on their right foot like he can.

‘He sees the goal, he sees the goal posts and he shoots straight away.

‘Carl will get you 10 or 15 goals a season and he is on course for that.

‘He’s judged on his goals, he’s a forward player.

‘Carl has got six goals so far and he’s not far off one in two, which is not bad.

‘He will want to do better as well, he will want to get his goals up.

‘Goals win games and if he can produce a few more it will be smashing for the team.’