Defender urges Pompey to maintain momentum

Jack Whatmough. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jack Whatmough. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jack Whatmough has urged improving Pompey to maintain their encouraging momentum as they head to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Andy Awford’s men have now taken four points from their past two matches following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Hartlepool.

It was a first victory since November 22 last year and only a sixth in the last 29 matches in all competitions.

Nonetheless, the triumph against Pools and the draw at title hopefuls Wycombe the previous week have lifted spirits.

Certainly for Whatmough there is a sense progress is being made, with successive clean sheets recorded in the process.

Tonight Pompey head to the Daggers (7.45pm), a side level on points yet one place below Awford’s team in 17th spot.

And the Gosport teenager is eager for the Blues to build on their welcome recent upturn in results.

He said: ‘We got a great point away from home at Wycombe who were top of the league, then we beat Hartlepool.

‘It’s difficult when you play top of the league and then bottom of the league to keep your standards high, but we have done that.

‘We’ve got momentum now, we’ve got a point, then three points and can build on that going into tonight’s Dagenham & Redbridge game.

‘Every game in this league is a winnable game, we have played the top of the league, we have played the bottom of the league and I don’t think the league defines the best teams and the poor teams.

‘Every match is winnable from now until the end of the season.

‘This is the chance to build, we cannot let up now and take it easy, we have to keep on pushing up the league.

‘We’ll go to Dagenham tonight and give them a good performance like we did at Wycombe and then Hartlepool – we can build on that.’

Wayne Burnett’s side have picked up of late, with three wins arriving in their last six fixtures.

The most recent came at the weekend, 39-year-old Jamie Cureton netting twice in a 2-0 victory at York.

Pompey have an excellent record against the Daggers following their arrival in the Football League, winning the previous three encounters.

James Dunne, Jed Wallace and Andy Barcham all netted in a 3-0 Fratton Park victory in September.

The Blues also completed a win double last season, including the memorable 4-1 triumph at Victoria Road on the way to staying in League Two under Awford.

It’s a fixture Whatmough remembers only too well.

The defender added: ‘I played in that win at their place, it was probably our best match of the season.

‘We played really well that day, there were a lot of good performances and hopefully we can repeat it tonight.

‘It’s a case of continuing our form so let’s go to Dagenham and get more points.’