Pompey striker hungry for more goals

Luke Varney gives his team-mates the thumbs up. Picture: Barry Zee
Luke Varney gives his team-mates the thumbs up. Picture: Barry Zee
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Luke Varney has vowed to continue his scoring spree as he revels in his new Pompey role.

The former Derby forward netted twice in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Doncaster Rovers.

He has now scored three goals in as many matches since reverting to a central striking position.

Varney has been given a new lease of life in the 4-4-2 system employed so effectively over the past three matches.

The 29-year-old hammered 25 goals in the 2006-07 League One campaign for Crewe.

But he has failed to notch double figures in a season since, during spells at four clubs.

Now he has five in 11 games overall for the Blues since his summer arrival from Pride Park.

And he is targeting many more as he aims to maintain his Pompey purple patch. He said: ‘Liam (Lawrence) said to me after Saturday’s game: “You know why you are getting those tap-ins – it’s because you are working hard”.

‘I suppose the harder you work the luckier you get, as the saying goes, and I think that is working for me at the moment.

‘I am just enjoying playing up top now.

‘I think for all the hard work I do playing on the left, if you are more central you are a bit closer to the goal so are bound to score a few more.

‘Stuart (Gray) asked me when I came here if it was my preferred position on the left.

‘And I said I wouldn’t mind another crack up front.

‘I hadn’t played there for a couple of years. I do enjoy it and that is where I started my career. So I’m really pleased he has given me that chance to keep continuing and progressing in that position.

‘I think we were going to play that way against Barnsley anyway, that was implemented earlier in the week.

‘So long may the goals continue and as long as we keep picking the points up, I will be happy enough.’

It was Varney who gave Pompey an early lead against Rovers on Saturday.

The visitors levelled through Simon Gillett and then proceeded to dominate.

Some Blues fans booed Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray’s side off at half time.

But an improved display after the break saw Varney and Dave Kitson net to secure a 3-1 win.

And the two-goal striker admitted the first-half showing was not good enough.

He added: ‘We were slightly disappointed with the performance off the back of a great couple of games for the boys.

‘We felt a bit lethargic in the first half and didn’t play that confidently.

‘We were ahead but haven’t been in that situation much this year.

‘We are normally chasing games, so it’s a different environment.

‘We didn’t have the crowd egging us on because we were winning, so I think the best thing that could have happened was conceding that goal and coming in at 1-1.

‘We were resting on our laurels a little bit and I am really pleased we managed to turn it around.’