United front will save season

Wes Fogden. Picture: Joe Pepler
Wes Fogden. Picture: Joe Pepler

Wes Fogden called on Pompey’s talented individuals to become a team to save their season.

Fogden believes the Blues have to find a united front to start turning draws into wins and pull away from the League Two drop zone.

Richie Barker’s men go into tomorrow’s meeting with AFC Wimbledon on a run of a single defeat from the past six games.

But just one of those games produced a win, with four draws and a loss arriving in the same period.

The challenge now is to turn those single points into maximums.

Fogden believes a work ethic as a group rather than playing for yourself is the way to do that.

He said: ‘We have great individuals and we’ve only lost a couple in the last seven or eight games.

‘So things are going in the right direction.

‘We just need to get three points instead of the draws.

‘Like I say, we’re working hard as a team now and the wins are going to come.

‘Recently, it has been individual but on Saturday we came together as a team.

‘That’s the way it has to be until the end of the season.’

Fogden feels he has seen a greater sense of unity about Pompey’s work since he arrived from Bournemouth last month.

And he has noted a work ethic among the squad he reckons will ultimately pay off.

Fogden said: ‘We have to stand up and be leaders and keep talking to each other.

‘We have ended up paying the penalty for not playing to the final whistle against Exeter.

‘We put in a great shift but we need to do it from the start of the game until the finish.

‘At 1-0 up we were fighting last Saturday.

‘We knew it would be a battle but we are working hard for each other.

‘That’s a positive to be taken into the Wimbledon game.’

The balance between defence and attack has been forwarded as a problem Pompey have had to come to terms with of late.

Barker made shoring his leaky back line-up a priority over free-flowing football on his arrival in December.

That has proved relatively successful, with four clean sheets picked up in nine games.

After four goals from open play in the past six games, it’s now about marrying that greater resolve with forward purpose.

Fogden said: ‘It’s a balancing act. If you are pushing too many on you will get caught out and vice versa.

‘It’s playing each game and seeing how we get on while we are playing it.’