Fans’ favourite proves his Pompey worth

Patrick Agyemang was back with a bang last night. Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang was back with a bang last night. Picture: Joe Pepler

Patrick Agyemang insp-ired Pompey’s return to form and vowed: It’s a timely reminder of what I can do.

Agyemang delivered a man-of-the-match display as Andy Awford’s men picked up a 3-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge at Fratton Park last night.

That ended a run of three league defeats on the spin which had stalled a promising start in League Two.

Agyemang was instrumental in the success in his first start for Pompey since April.

The 33-year-old teed up James Dunne for the opener five minutes before the break to end the Blues run of 320 minutes without a league goal.

And the talismanic striker was given a standing ovation by the home crowd when he came off with 17 minutes left.

Agyemang has now put a hamstring injury behind him and believes last night’s display brought his talents to people’s attentions again.

He said: ‘I was a bit disappointed to be out at the start of the season.

‘But I’ve been back for the last three weeks really but the manager has chosen not to use me.

‘He used me this time and I wanted to show him and everyone else I’ve still got it and can still do the business.

‘A timely reminder is exactly what it was for me.

‘Before the game I was thinking the minimum from me was to give a star performance.

‘I thought even if I don’t get the goal I want to get man-of-the-match or get assists.

‘I got that assist and played well, so I’m happy.’

Agyemang’s performance was typical of what Pompey fans have come to expect of him in his time at the club, since he arrived in January last year.

The former QPR man’s hold-up play was crucial to the victory.

Agyemang’s fortunes have fluctuated under the different managers he worked under.

He explained he held talks with Awford in the summer to see what his plans were for him.

Agyemang is content he has a role to play at the club moving forward, in the final season of his existing deal.

And he is happy that is the case.

Agyemang said: ‘There was a lot of football which went through me last season.

‘Richie Barker changed that and went down the sides, so I wasn’t playing.

‘Then Awfs came in and preferred Tayls (Ryan Taylor).

‘That’s fine and I had no complaints because the team was winning and I’m a professional.

‘But I’ve had a chance and been able to remind people what I can do.

‘Me and the manager had a chat in the summer. I like to know what’s going on.

‘I haven’t really been close to managers in the past and been able to approach them.

‘But I know I can speak to Awfs and I’m older now, feel more confident and express myself. I want to play and I’m happy at the moment.’