Webster relishing league kick off

Adam Webster. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam Webster. Picture: Joe Pepler

The summer pre-season fixture schedule is over, with six games completed.

Now Adam Webster is raring for the League Two campaign to get under way.

The 19-year-old lined-up against Charlton on Saturday as the Blues slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

It was a third successive start for the West Wittering youngster, who appears to have claimed the right-back slot for himself.

Now the attention turns to Exeter next week as Pompey kick off their season proper at St James Park.

And after a tough pre-season, Webster feels primed and ready for Football League action with the Blues.

He said ‘I thought it was quite a good performance for the boys against Charlton.

‘They are a good side and it was a good work out for us, hopefully we can take all the positives into next week and also learn from the things we didn’t do so well.

‘It was a completely different test for us compared to the other Championship side we have played – Bournemouth.

‘Bournemouth like to pass the ball in front of you and Charlton are a bit more direct so it was different styles.

‘In the first half on Tuesday we conceded three bad goals but we did a bit of work on Thursday and Friday on the defence, moving around and doing simple things and that has obviously helped.

‘We are raring to go now next week and hopefully can get those three points.’

Webster made four appearances for Pompey last season – all coming in the final month.

Brought back early from a second loan spell at Aldershot, the England under-19 international also netted twice, both yielding precious wins in the battle against relegation.

This time around Andy Awford has no intention of letting him leave Fratton Park on loan, underlined by plenty of pre-season starts.

And not only has Webster enjoyed his pre-season involvement, he believes it has been more effective than the previous campaign.

He added: ‘It has been a tougher pre-season compared to last year.

‘I think the boys are feeling that, too.

‘Last year was a bit different. This year they have drilled us more but not too much so we can’t move!

‘It has been a good, steady build-up through pre-season and we’re pleased with how it has gone.

‘Of course we pay attention to friendlies, it is about getting fit and being ready, these games are where you find out what you need to work on.

‘That is what we did after the first half on Tuesday, going on to work on it on the training ground at the end of last week, which benefited us.

‘It is all good and we can’t wait for Exeter now and the season to begin.’