Westcarr: Pompey can count on me

Craig Westcarr is congratulated by Johnny Ertl as he fires Pompey to victory at Thurrock. Picture: Joe Pepler
Craig Westcarr is congratulated by Johnny Ertl as he fires Pompey to victory at Thurrock. Picture: Joe Pepler

Craig Westcarr has promised he’s prepared to take on Pompey’s goalscoring pressure this season.

Westcarr showcased more of his predatory instinct last night with both goals in the 2-0 win over Thurrock.

That took his pre-season tally to four as Andy Awford’s men got another useful 90 minutes under their belt in Essex.

The 29-year-old looked sharp in his 45-minute outing against former Blues player Mark Stimson’s side.

And there was a clinical edge to both of his goals as he looked to continue building sharpness.

Svetoslav Tordorov was the last Pompey player to break 20 goals in a season back in the 2002-03 campaign.

Westcarr was staying coy on his own ambition on that front for the nine months in League Two which lie ahead.

But the man who hit 16 goals in League One last season for Walsall knows there is expectations for him on that front.

He is confident he can deliver on them for his new side.

Westcarr said: ‘I scored a few goals last season and of course I’m looking to continue that.

‘I need to keep pushing on and keep scoring goals and feel I can do that.

‘There is pressure but there is always pressure and there should be.

‘I’ve got my own thoughts on how many goals I should get or how many goals I want to get.

‘I’ll keep that to myself. I’m just looking forward to trying to do that and trying to play my way into it for that first game at Exeter.’

Westcarr’s goals made it three pre-season wins from three for Pompey.

And it’s 12 goals scored in those games with just a single effort conceded.

Westcarr isn’t getting carried away about that start to the warm-up fixtures at all, however.

He is just satisfied things are progressing nicely at his new club at the moment.

And the former Nottingham Forest man is pleased he is settling in to his new surroundings.

Westcarr said: ‘It’s about getting sharpness and building an understanding with players at this time of the season.

‘We created a lot of chances, and, on another day, we would have scored three or four more goals.

‘I’ve been in teams when we’ve lost every other game in pre-season – and then started like a house on fire.

‘We’ve ended up in the play-offs and getting promoted.

‘It’s about fitness and knowing the system we’re playing to.

‘It’s about keeping fit, staying away from injuries and doing everything right which comes with that.

‘We want to implement what the manager wants.

‘That’s what it’s all about right now.

‘We want to win, yes, but making sure we’re right for the Exeter game is the main thing.’