We have to ignore manager hunt

Andy Barcham scores his opener against Southend on Tuesday night Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Barcham scores his opener against Southend on Tuesday night Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Barcham has called on Pompey to put the noise surrounding their search for a manager aside as they go to Hartlepool.

The winger admitted confidence is low as the Blues travel to Victoria Park tomorrow hoping to halt a five-game losing run.

Barcham’s fantastic opener after 90 seconds couldn’t stop his side going down to a 2-1 loss to 10-man Southend on Tuesday night.

The match marked the first game after Guy Whittingham’s surprise sacking 24 hours before the match at Fratton Park.

But Barcham believes his team need to do all they can to ignore the talk about contenders to replace Whittingham going into the game.

He said: ‘It’s out of our hands on who is going to come in and when that will be.

‘All we can do is to carry on in the meantime and Andy Awford will get our full backing.

‘We’ve got a tough game at Hartlepool and then another midweek game next week. It’s an important period for us.

‘We can’t afford to take our eye off the ball and we need to get our heads down, work hard and hopefully get some better results.’

Barcham made no bones about the fact self-belief is at a low ebb for Pompey as they face a long trip north.

He said: ‘It’s another difficult game this weekend and it’s a long trip away from home.

‘Confidence is unfortunately pretty low. It comes with results and playing well, and we’re not doing that at the moment.

‘It can only come from turning things around.

‘Had we got the goal and won 1-0 on Tuesday, it would have been a major lift for us.

‘We need to get that platform and then build on it. It was frustrating that it didn’t happen against Southend but hopefully it can come tomorrow.’