Pompey boss delighted with Barcham progress

Andy Barcham was given a start against Luton. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Barcham was given a start against Luton. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford believes there is plenty more to come from Andy Barcham following his Luton impact.

The winger was granted a surprise start for Sunday’s trip to the high-flying Hatters, which finished in a 1-1 draw.

Marking his first league start since the opening day of the season at Exeter, the 28-year-old caught the eye during his 76 minutes on pitch, especially in the first half.

Operating on the left of an attacking three behind Ryan Taylor, Barcham’s pace and trickery posed plenty of problems for the hosts.

The former Gillingham man has re-emerged into the first team during the past two weeks, having recovered from a groin problem.

And Awford is delighted with how he is feeling his way back into the side.

‘Andy has been on the bench in the previous two games and gone on for little spells,’ said the manager.

‘I just felt at Luton, with having the two games in three days, it was a good opportunity for him to come in.

‘The way we wanted to play, with Nigel (Atangana) loose again running towards Taylor and the two wide players in (Jed) Wallace and Barcham, it was his game.

‘In the first half he was a major threat, he really was, and it was good to see.

‘There is an opportunity for every player in the squad and they will all play their part, that will happen, and Andy put in a very good performance.

‘We need him to get fitter and, obviously, that comes with match practice so he can start doing what he did in the first half for 90 minutes.

‘He played very well in a good team performance.’

Barcham has made 12 Pompey appearances this season and five starts in 2014.