ADAM BARTON put his injury problems to bed and promised: I’m hungry for my chance.
The midfielder believes the stalled start to his Pompey career is fuelling his desire to be a success at Fratton Park.
You just have to think it’s made me even hungrier now.Adam Barton
Barton finally made his Blues debut in the 2-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Exeter City on Tuesday night.
That saw him put a frustrating period behind him after picking up a groin injury in the pre-season trip to Portugal.
The 24-year-old admitted watching on as Pompey start the season well has been hard to take.
But the former Coventry man is using that as a motivation to show what he can do.
Barton is now after the chance in the starting 11 to do just that.
He said: ‘I did my groin in Portugal.
‘When it happens, it happens. There’s nothing you can do about it.
‘It’s very frustrating sitting on the sidelines, watching the season kick on and not being able to do anything.
‘It’s especially hard at the start because everyone’s getting their feet in and the crowd are all booming.
‘It’s frustrating but, as long as I keep my head down and keep going, I’m sure my chance will come.
‘Watching from the sides, if I’d gone in at the start of the year I don’t think I would have felt the atmosphere as much as I have.
‘Maybe I wouldn’t have been as hungry as I feel now.
‘In a sense, it could be a good thing – if I can take a positive from it.
‘You can’t look at negatives all the time. You just have to think it’s made me even hungrier now.
‘I’m just wanting to get in and take my chance.’
Barton explained he has taken his rehabilitation from the groin problem steadily after suffering previous injury issues.
He has had to deal with major problems in the past, including a fractured lower back as well as a triple leg break and dislocated ankle.
Barton was used as a central defender in the Exeter City loss as he made his Pompey bow.
He admitted he was just glad to be back out on the pitch playing once again and feels he’s now ready to kick on.
Barton said: ‘I’m absolutely fine.
‘It may have been centre-back – where you don’t have to do as much running – but it was still a full 90 minutes.
‘I’ve been out a while now. It’s not good to be out all pre-season at a new team.
‘I’ve been careful. I’ve rushed back in the past but this time I’ve got it right, so hopefully I can stay out on the pitch.
‘It’s frustrating but I’ve been in football long enough to know what’s around the corner. If you keep working the chance will come.
‘That helps fitness-wise. I’ve worked hard with the physios and I feel like I’m pretty much there now.’