Pompey striker is after crosses to end goal drought

John Akinde in action at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler
John Akinde in action at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler

John Akinde believes Pompey will profit if they can start finding more quality crosses for him and Patrick Agyemang to feed on.

The new Blues striker has yet to get off the mark for the club – but came close on a couple of occasions in the 1-0 defeat at Oldham as he bids to rediscover his match sharpness.

There is now a temptation for Pompey to go long to the powerful strike combination.

But Akinde – like any striker – wants quality crosses from good areas to attack.

He said: ‘It’s something we are working on.

‘You want crosses and better balls into the box to attack.

‘I thought we did that better in this game and there was some good quality coming into the box at times to try to get on the end of a few things.

‘I didn’t quite manage to convert them but with a bit more game time, I will feel a bit sharper and start taking those half-chances that come my way.

‘I’m a big striker but I like to play football – who doesn’t?

‘I think we are working on that and trying to get it wide to get crosses in and playing to feet in the right areas.

‘I’m confident I will score goals if I get the chances coming my way.’

The former Crawley man spotted encouraging signs from Pompey’s performance, even though he was left disappointed by defeat once again.

He said: ‘It’s frustrating because I thought we played well and created a few chances in the first half.

‘And I could have scored with that chance I had in the first half.

‘I still thought we could get something out of the game but when the man gets sent off, it changes things a lot.

‘When they had the extra man, they kept the ball well at times and made things difficult for us.’

The striker felt Sam Sodje’s dismissal was a turning point.

He said: ‘I didn’t get a view of what happened.

‘I just heard people shouting and running over so I don’t know what happened there.

‘If we had 11 men, I think we would have done a lot better.

‘Sam apologised to the boys but he didn’t really say what happened.

‘But I thought we were in the game and it’s difficult when you go down to 10 men. You just have to scrap for a few things after that.’