Whittingham: It was vital to stay patient in quest for first win

Guy Whittingham felt the team may need time. Picture: Joe Pepler
Guy Whittingham felt the team may need time. Picture: Joe Pepler

Guy Whittingham’s patience was finally rewarded.

Outside the dressing room the pressure had been building.

Some sections of the Fratton faithful were demanding immediate results.

While the Blues boss talked of bedding in his 12 new faces, others called for immediate positive results from the opening three fixtures.

Pompey finally got their first win on Saturday, at the fourth time of asking this season.

Jed Wallace, David Connolly and Patrick Agyemang all netted in a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Ten-man Morecambe were the victims.

And the ever relaxed Whittingham believes his much-changed playing squad is now beginning to gel.

He said: ‘I think I would be wrong to say I wasn’t concerned about not winning yet.

‘Of course, you want to start as well as you can.

‘But we knew with the influx of new players, that it might take a bit of time.

‘We know the team are getting used to each other, we know it is going to take time for them to be a cohesive unit.

‘But we are steadily working on it.

‘Everybody is beginning to get used to how people play.

‘There was no impatience inside the club.

‘We have got 12 new players and it will take time – as most people in football will know – to get them as a unit and working together. That is what we are trying to do.

‘Against Morecambe what was more pleasing was the way we defended.

‘Yes they were down to 10 men but still you have got to make sure you keep the clean sheets.

‘Going forwards I think we’ve got good movement and a good understanding between players.’

All the goals came in the first half but despite not hitting the same highs in the second period, Whittingham was happy not to concede.

The Blues boss said: ‘It is hard to keep that tempo in a way because obviously you get tired and put a lot into that first-half performance.

‘We said to them at half-time, the most important thing during that second half was that we didn’t concede.

‘We didn’t keep the ball enough to pull them around a bit.

‘With 10 men you need to shift the ball around quicker and I think sometimes we went back instead of going forward.

‘When we did go forward on occasions we went too long.

‘But everybody would have taken a 3-0 victory before the game.’

– neil allen