Barcham willing to adapt for Pompey

Andy Barcham. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Barcham. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Barcham has pledged to adapt his game in a bid to break back into Andy Awford’s side.

The 28-year-old was left out of Pompey’s line-up at Wycombe following the restoration of the 3-5-2 system.

Essentially a formation which has no place for wingers, the Blues went on to collect a highly-encouraging point at Adams Park.

Previously Barcham was starting to rediscover his form, winning plaudits against Southend when featuring in a conventional 4-4-2.

His determination to make the first-team once more saw him volunteer for reserve action against Bournemouth on Tuesday, serving as a left wing-back.

And should Awford retain wing-backs for the visit of Hartlepool this weekend, Barcham is eager to challenge for a spot.

He said: ‘I have never played left wing-back before but obviously that is the formation we are playing at the moment.

‘I asked to play in the reserves in the week because I wanted some game time. I haven’t played a whole lot of games this season so I’m still chasing match fitness.

‘It’s frustrating getting back into the team and being taken out of it but that’s football and the decision that has been made.

‘Obviously we changed to a different formation at Wycombe which is going to be difficult for me to get into, my position is not in that formation, there are no wingers.

‘All I can do is work to get into the positions that are there.

‘That is the formation the gaffer has decided to go with so you can sulk about it or try to adapt – and I tried my best in that role for the reserves.

‘At one point I nutmegged one of the Bournemouth players, although it was still a long way to travel afterwards so I was thinking perhaps I shouldn’t have done it!

‘It came off, although I’m not sure I should be trying things like that at wing-back!’

Barcham has started three of Pompey’s five most recent matches, being benched for the last two away trips.

With the Pools visiting Fratton Park on Saturday, Awford has some big decisions.

Barcham added; ‘I think it is going to take a bit longer to get back to my best.

‘It has been a bit of a stop-start season for me and when I do get in I am coming out again.

‘To get your match fitness up you need a good run of games, which is why I wanted to play for the reserves.

‘I am trying as hard as possible to get there as quickly as I can but it takes time getting your match sharpness.

‘I would like to think I was showing some of the things I can do against Southend but sometimes my head thinks about stuff I want to do and my body can’t do it at the moment!

‘All I can do is work on that and it will come.’