Wynter revels in wing-back role

Alex Wynter had an impressive Pompey debut. Picture: Joe Pepler
Alex Wynter had an impressive Pompey debut. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss Andy Awford believes the wing-back system brings out the best in Alex Wynter.

The loanee from Crystal Palace made his Pompey debut in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup 1-0 victory over Peterborough.

He did so in a right wing-back role as Awford elected to employ a new formation with three central defenders.

Certainly Wynter shone on his bow before being forced off after 61 minutes having received a knock to the head.

By that time he had already impressed the Fratton faithful with his attacking forays down the flank and some excellent deliveries into the penalty area.

Adam Webster replaced the 20-year-old in the position as the pair continue to fight it out for a first-team spot.

And Awford was delighted with his summer recruit’s showing.

He said: ‘Wing-backs suit Alex and Dan (Butler), they both want to get forward.

‘Wynter reminds me of Glen Johnson and we saw that on Tuesday night. He is a good footballer.

‘While Dan is better further up the pitch, he is more comfortable going forward.

‘With Alex, his energy really stood out for me, especially in the first half.

‘He bombed forward, got some balls into the box and I think his delivery was good.

‘The lad also defended well and his overall game was very good.

‘You look at right-back and Webster can play there, Devera can play there, Wynter can play there, Ben Close can play there so there is not a shortage of any position at the football club.

‘I can rotate people if I need to and we have a hectic schedule with Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday now.

‘It was a total team performance and we will go again on Saturday and hopefully get another positive result.’

The Fratton Park victory also marked a debut for Paul Robinson, while Miles Storey was granted his first start – and netted his first goal for the Blues.

The latter is on a season-long loan from Swindon and already this early in the new campaign has caught the eye.

Against the Posh the youngster was named in a central striking role and Awford praised his display.

He added: ‘Miles’ pace is there for all to see and that is his strength.

‘It is about can we get him into those areas, down the sides, over the top and around the box – and it worked well on Tuesday.

‘Pace does that, it makes teams drop off and then allows space for the other midfield players to play.

‘I also though Paul Robinson was fantastic. He has come in, marshalled it and talked to the defence.

‘I just felt it was a little too soon for him on Saturday, but Peterborough was the ideal game for him with the way they play – and he didn’t let me down.’