New boy warns it will get ugly

Portsmouth's Toumani Diagouraga in action against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night. Picture: Joe Pepler
Portsmouth's Toumani Diagouraga in action against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night. Picture: Joe Pepler

Toumani Diagouraga has promised he is prepared to do the ugly stuff to power Pompey to Football League survival.

And the Blues’ new loan recruit warned the pretty football will have to wait until the club’s future in League Two has been secured.

Diagouraga delivered a man-of-the-match display on his home debut in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Accrington.

The 26-year-old’s hard running caught the eye as his energy added an extra dimension to his team’s play.

The Frenchman explained that is what his game is all about and he is determined to continue in the same vein at Chesterfield on Monday.

But Diagouraga admitted there may not be too much room for free-flowing play over the final 13 games of the season.

‘At times on Tuesday, it wasn’t too pretty,’ he said.

‘But I think with the situation the team is in at the moment, we need to work hard and get the win.

‘That’s the most important thing.

‘After we get a few wins and get up the table, we can worry about the pretty stuff.

‘I can play that role of going box to box.

‘But lately I have been playing in the holding role at Brentford.

‘I do whatever the manager wants from me.

‘Getting up and down the pitch was a big part of my game before but every manager is different.

‘I think it is one of my strengths to get around the pitch and run all day.’

The move to Pompey has paved the way for Diagouraga to start two games in three days – his first from the outset since the start of December.

His loan period from Brentford covers a further four matches.

But the player, who had offers to join League One sides, is open to the thought of staying beyond that period.

Diagouraga said: ‘It was all about getting back playing.

‘It’s been good to play football because I haven’t played 90 minutes for about two months.

‘So it’s been good to play two games in the space of three days.

‘I’m getting fitter and sharper with every game.

‘I could have gone to a couple of other clubs in League One but I had a good chat with the manager, he rang me up and I decided to come here.

‘I’m just looking at it that I will give 100 per cent for Portsmouth Football Club.

‘And after the end of the month, if they want me to go back or they want me to stay, I will be happy.

‘I’m just concentrating on this month at the moment.

‘I want to play as much as I can and help the team get some results.

‘And then we will see where we are at the end of the month.

‘It’s not ideal to be here for only a few weeks.

‘But sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

‘So I will give everything while I’m here.’