Westcarr: Tables are ‘nonsense’ at this stage

Craig Westcarr Picture: Joe Pepler
Craig Westcarr Picture: Joe Pepler

CRAIG WESTCARR readied himself for Oxford and insisted: Forget about the table.

Westcarr will look to continue his goalscoring form as Pompey go to the Kassam Stadium tomorrow.

The 29-year-old got off the mark in League Two against Northampton on Tuesday night.

That was after a promising pre-season in which the summer arrival from Walsall bagged four goals.

Pompey take on the U’s tomorrow looking to build on their encouraging start to the campaign.

They sit fourth in the League Two table going into the game after two wins and a draw from their first three league outings.

In contrast, Michael Appleton’s side have struggled with three defeats in the league, to leave them near the foot of the table.

Westcarr laughed off the significance of league positions at this stage of the season, though.

He said: ‘It’s too early to be bothered. I’m not really bothered.

‘It’s too early for tables.

‘I’m not looking at it yet. It’s nonsense at the moment.

‘Maybe Oxford are looking at it early doors and thinking they need to get a win. Even then it’s still early.

‘They’ve lost three games and haven’t got a point.

‘But if they get four wins on the bounce they’ll be right at the top. That’s how it goes.’

With the confidence flowing in Pompey’s squad, Westcarr knows the team will be approaching tomorrow’s encounter in optimistic mood.

With Andy Awford switching things up in all of his games to date, more changes will be expected in his starting line-up.

Even if that means dipping in and out of the first team, Westcarr knows Awford is doing the right thing.

‘After a win like we had on Tuesday, you go into the next game looking forward to it,’ said the striker.

‘There aren’t any easy games.

‘We could easily have been struggling at this stage.

‘We just have to go into it professionally in the way we have been doing. It’s a busy time.

‘The gaffer has mixed it up and kept everything hungry.

‘In the long run it’s the right thing to do.

‘It’s important for fitness.’

The attention being afforded Pompey for their opening to the campaign is slowly gathering pace, with people now talking up what they can achieve this campaign.

Westcarr isn’t paying any particular attention to that, however, or the fact Pompey are bookies’ favourites for the title.

He added: ‘We can’t control that.

‘We’ll play our stuff and win games. At the end of the day we’ll get our head down and keep working hard.’