Fish looks for fresh start at Pompey

Pompey went down to Aldershot in the FA Cup on Wednesday night. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey went down to Aldershot in the FA Cup on Wednesday night. Picture: Joe Pepler

New loan recruit Matt Fish is confident the Pompey heads have cleared from their FA Cup hangover.

The right-back arrived from Gillingham until January as Andy Awford made a double loan swoop yesterday.

But rather than walking into downbeat gloom after the midweek humbling exit at Aldershot Town, Fish failed to detect any air of depression on his first day training with the Blues squad.

And he confessed he was unaware Pompey had even played the Shots on Wednesday until he was informed.

He said: ‘I wouldn’t have known they just got beaten in the FA Cup – there was no sign of that in training and nobody was down.

‘There was no doom and gloom. The music was on in the changing room and the boys seemed alright to me.

‘I didn’t even know they had played on Wednesday until someone told me.

‘It’s the FA Cup and you have got to move on.

‘Gillingham got knocked out as well and it’s all about what happens on the day.

‘You can’t live in the past – you have got to move on and get on with it.

‘Someone told me once: “don’t get too low with the lows or too high with the highs”.

‘So everyone needs to go out there and show that against Morecambe.’

Although Alex Wynter and Joe Devera have filled in at right-back for much of the campaign, both of them prefer to play in the centre of defence.

But Fish’s arrival now means the Blues have a genuine full-back to play in the position.

While Awford has been scouring the market for potential additions for some time, it was a speedy move for the 25-year-old.

‘Gillingham have been wanting me to go out and get some games,’ said Fish.

‘They put my name out there and my agent has been working on things for a few weeks.

‘But I only found out about the interest from Portsmouth on Thursday afternoon and my agent told me it had all been sorted.

‘You can’t turn down a club like Portsmouth.

‘I was supposed to be travelling to Bradford with Gillingham but I went home and packed my stuff and got down as quickly as I could.’

It’s also a change in approach from Awford, who has targeted players who know all about League Two, rather than looking for players from a higher level.

Fish, who was a regular in the Gills’ League Two title-winning side from two seasons ago, said: ‘The gaffer said he wants people who know the league.

‘When we won League Two, I played 45 games – so I know what this division is all about.

‘Hopefully, I can bring that to the team and help Portsmouth win some games.’

And while it’s a short-term deal at the moment, there is scope for that to be extended.

‘I’m just looking to get some games and will take it from there,’ added Fish.

‘Hopefully, I can show a few people at Portsmouth what I’m made of and then what will be, will be.

‘At the moment, it’s a loan deal until January. You never know what will happen, so I’ll do my best and take things from there.’