One word sums it all up for striker

Craig Westcarr celebrates his goal. Picture: Barry Zee
Craig Westcarr celebrates his goal. Picture: Barry Zee
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Finally.

That one single word was Craig Westcarr’s tweet to his 5,000-odd followers on the social media website within 
a matter of minutes of the final whistle at Fratton 
Park.

He certainly had room for a few more in his 140 characters if he’d felt the need.

The power of Twitter means you can get your message out there to the masses these days, even if you only have one word to 
say.

In fairness, Westcarr did his talking on the pitch this time.

He scored one and made another with a pinpoint assist for Danny Hollands in a hard-earned, yet comprehensive 3-0 win over a poor Carlisle side that couldn’t handle Pompey’s rediscovered positivity and steel.

So what can we glean about his state of mind from that one word?

Relief. Although you can probably add in that fact that he was happy because of his use of a smiley face alongside his one word.

After a run of eight games without a goal, questions were being asked.

He hasn’t answered them emphatically just yet. But it’s a start.

It wasn’t just some of the grumbling element among the supporters who have yet to be convinced.

Andy Awford has shown a great deal of belief in him so far this term but the fact the Blues boss was attempting to bring in a striker from a Championship club this week, would suggest even his own faith has wavered.

If that move had come off, it’s unlikely Westcarr would have started this game and been on the pitch to snaffle the rebound within 80 seconds of the kick-off to send Pompey on their way.

And whether that proposed deal had any impact on the 29-year-old’s motivation is open to debate.

Some of his harshest critics have already unfairly branded him as lazy, even though he gets through plenty of running for the team.

But he is clearly a striker who relies on service and is unlikely to carve out too many opportunities for himself.

He also doesn’t seem to have done enough just yet to warrant a bit of slack from the groans when he makes a mistake, although he got a rapturous reception when he was substituted late on.

Pompey have had their fair share of misfiring strikers down the years.

With four goals in 14 appearances, Westcarr is no Scott McGarvey, Ian Baird or Lee Mills.