Strike shows Pompey’s left side is alright for Barcham

Andy Barcham, centre, in action against Bournemouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Andy Barcham, centre, in action against Bournemouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Andy Barcham lit up the pre-season trip to Bournemouth with his super strike and promised: That’s what I love to do.

The winger impressed as Pompey went down to a 2-1 loss to Bournemouth at Dean Court last night.

Barcham cancelled out a similarly-impressive effort from Mohamed Coulibaly with a 25-yard piledriver in the 65th minute before Harry Cornick won the game for the home side courtesy of a deflected 80th-minute strike.

Barcham latched on to a pass from Ricky Holmes following his driving run and unleashed a fine finish after cutting in off the left flank.

It’s a trademark manoeuvre from the man who operates largely as right-footed player on the left side.

And the 26-year-old, who signed a three-year deal after leaving Scunthorpe in the summer, is planning for repeat performances in League Two this season.

Barcham said: ‘I do like that finish. It is one that I’ve worked on throughout my career.

‘It’s nice that it has come off for me in the game.

‘I’m a right-footer playing on the left a lot of the time.

‘So it’s something I’m able to do and hopefully we’ll see more of it this season.

‘It’s shaping up nicely for us now. I think we are going to come good come the start of the season.’

Pompey may have fallen to their second defeat to Championship opposition in 72 hours last night but there were positives to take from their performance.

Barcham certainly felt that was the case against a Cherries side who passed the ball well and caused problems.

Pompey worked on neutralising that threat, while having their own impact on proceedings whenever possible.

Barcham said; ‘It’s a difficult game – they are a great side.

‘We knew it was going to be hard against them.

‘We had something in mind about how we would play against them beforehand.

‘We worked on defensive shape beforehand and being tight and together as a unit.

‘So we did that and put a good shift in.

‘I got a good 90 minutes under my belt and that is what it’s about in pre-season.

‘The results are not as important as the season but we went about things in the right way.

‘They use a three in the middle of midfield and are strong.

‘They like to pick their passes, cut you open and be difficult to play against.

‘We are going to come up against teams like that in the league as well.

‘Not everyone plays 4-4-2. There are a lot of formations out there.

‘It’s good for us to try to react to the problems they are going to cause.

‘That was part of what we had to do – and we did it quite well.’