Unbeaten Pompey’s character delights Richardson

Michael Doyle is crucial to Pompey's resilience. Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle is crucial to Pompey's resilience. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey are among five sides presently unbeaten across the four leagues
  • Manchester City, Leicester City, Brighton and Gillingham have also yet to lose in league football
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Unbeaten Pompey are beginning to demonstrate their character.

That is the verdict of Leam Richardson, with the Blues sitting third in League Two clutching an unbeaten record as they prepare to head to Oxford United.

It was a case of 14 players in and 14 players out once Paul Cook had taken the Fratton Park helm in May.

An unbeaten pre-season has been matched by Pompey not losing any of their opening seven league fixtures.

The most recent clash was last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Barnet, having fought back from being 1-0 down.

Last month the Blues also staged a remarkable comeback against Morecambe to claim a 3-3 draw, having been behind to three goals after 38 minutes.

At present they are the only unbeaten side in League Two – and one of only five across the top four divisions.

Aside from Pompey, the others are Manchester City, Leicester City, Brighton and Gillingham.

And Pompey’s assistant manager has been impressed with the inner strength of the Blues.

Richardson said: ‘The character we showed against Barnet was brilliant.

‘It wasn’t a surprise to me, though.

‘We certainly don’t know people’s characters as well as we will do in the end because we are all new here but I knew we didn’t lie down.

‘You have the likes of Michael Doyle, Gary Roberts and Ben Davies who have been around the block and will keep you going, they will dig you through.

‘Then you have the energy of Conor Chaplin, Adam McGurk, Nigel Atangana, plus the two young lads at the back and you have got a good blend.

‘It is our job to get the balance, get the blend and to try to get the right result and the character is also there.

‘This club needs good players on the pitch and the fans need success – and we will all try our best to deliver that.’

Pompey’s victory over the Bees was only a second win at home in the league this season.

It followed disappointing Fratton Park draws against Morecambe and Accrington – outcomes which prompted two changes to Saturday’s starting line-up.

Yet for all the frustration of a goalless draw against Stanley, John Coleman’s side then notably collected a 1-0 triumph at Bristol Rovers last weekend.

Richardson added; ‘Accrington went away to Bristol Rovers and got a win, so perhaps at the minute it wasn’t a bad result that we drew with them.

‘We are in transition, we haven’t got any given right to win at the minute.

‘We can’t be promoted or successful yesterday, we have come through a period as a club that we need to be on the same page and go forward in the same strides.

‘And we are slowly getting to that place.’

Meanwhile, Pompey have sold their 2,500 allocation for Saturday’s Kassam Stadium visit.