Varney applauds Pompey loan ambition

113878-0871_PALACE_POMPEY_SR_1/11/11'Palace vs Pompey at Selhurst Park.'Luke Varney.''Picture:Steve Reid 113878-0871
113878-0871_PALACE_POMPEY_SR_1/11/11'Palace vs Pompey at Selhurst Park.'Luke Varney.''Picture:Steve Reid 113878-0871
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Liam Lawrence helping out in the ticket office at Fratton Park

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Luke Varney has welcomed Pompey moves to strengthen as the emergency loan window prepares to slam shut.

Michael Appleton wants to bring in up to three new faces to Fratton Park before Thursday’s deadline.

It’s a desire to bolster the squad inherited by the new Blues boss which has been applauded by Varney.

Pompey’s top scorer believes it is essential for player competition at the club that some signings are made.

As it stands, Appleton has 20 first-team players at his disposal.

And Varney would like to see that added to before the window closes at 5pm on Thursday afternoon.

He said: ‘Everyone knows we’ve got a small squad and there’s not a lot of competition.

‘I feel at times that we lose a player and we’re so short.

‘Liam (Lawrence) is out and that’s a big player for us, but we’re scratching about trying to get 11 out.

‘We want a settled team but a bit more competition, I believe.

‘Hopefully, he (Appleton) can bring that and it will bring the best out of the rest of the lads I’m sure.

‘It spurs you on. I’ve got no problem with that.

‘I’ve enjoyed competition for my place throughout my career and it has always got the best out of me.

‘I would welcome anyone who comes in and can improve us as a team, and I think all of us would think the same thing.

‘The team is the most important thing.’

Appleton’s urgency to recruit has been increased following Saturday’s abject Watford display.

The vast majority of Pompey’s players failed to impress their new manager during his first match in charge.

One of the few who did catch his eye, however, was loanee Abdul Razak.

The teenager impressed after coming on as a 71st-minute substitute for David Norris.

Regardless, it was a poor display from the visitors.

The large visiting support of 1,727 also made their feelings known, booing at the final whistle.

Earlier in the second half they chanted ‘What a load of rubbish’.

That Blues performance strengthened Appleton’s resolve to delve into the emergency loan window.

And Varney can appreciate the fans’ reaction to what they witnessed.

He added: ‘The fans were still singing at the final whistle and we appreciate them massively.

‘They are the paying public and we’ve got to put things right for them.

‘They are well within their rights.

‘The travelling fans haven’t had a lot to shout about this season.

‘The away results are something we know is a problem and we’re trying to get that monkey off our backs.’