Striker reveals plan to end goal woes

Patrick Agyemang in action for Pompey against Burton Albion. Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang in action for Pompey against Burton Albion. Picture: Joe Pepler

Patrick Agyemang has pinpointed midfield creativity as the key to ending Pompey’s misfiring form.

And the striker revealed Richie Barker has highlighted supply from wide areas as the area for focus after three successive blanks.

Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Burton Albion made it a hat-trick of stalemates for the Blues.

The first of them – at league leaders Chesterfield – offered grounds for optimism.

But that was then tempered by the two home draws against Cheltenham and the Brewers.

Barker’s men had 10 shots on goal against the Spireites but could only muster one on target in each of the past couple of outings.

Agyemang promised there has been plenty of focus on attacking intent in training.

That has centred on feeding Pompey’s wide men and delivering the ball into dangerous areas.

Agyemang said: ‘If we can keep solid, I’m sure we’ll get a goal or two at the other end.

‘I believe we are capable of creating chances for us to take.

‘We have to just keep working hard at it.

‘There needs to be some more creativity in midfield.

‘That will help us to create the chances.

‘The manager is working on that in training.

‘We need to take what we do in training out there on to the pitch more consistently.

‘The manager wants the ball forward and wide.

‘He wants more crosses coming in. He doesn’t feel enough crosses are coming in – with the right quality.

‘We will work at it and, with a bit of luck, I think we will start to turn the corner soon.’

Agyemang could not do anything to add a cutting edge to Pompey’s attack on Tuesday night.

Although he went agonisingly close with a 51st-minute shot which looked destined to go in before hitting the inside of the post and trickling to safety.

It was the 33-year-old’s first 90 minutes since the 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town in January.

Agyemang showed his usual flashes of class but felt he was not at his sharpest.

He admitted he is unsure now whether he did enough to hold down his place for the trip to Fleetwood.

He said: ‘It’s my first game for a while and maybe you could see that.

‘I wasn’t at my best. I’ve had a long period without playing now.

‘There have been bits and pieces here and there.

‘So I was happy to get 90 minutes under my belt.

‘Overall, I was happy to be fit and back in the side.

‘Did I do enough to start Saturday? I’m not sure.

‘There was the chance I should probably have taken.

‘But there wasn’t masses of supply for me on Tuesday.

‘There were always two men around me, too.

‘I’m battling to be a part of things, though, and we are all fighting for our place in the team.’