Wynter:Long week to prepare Shrimpers response

Alex Wynter Picture: Joe Pepler
Alex Wynter Picture: Joe Pepler

ALEX WYNTER has demanded a battling response from his team-mates at Southend.

Pompey go to Roots Hall tomorrow aiming to put two league defeats on the bounce behind them.

That has seen a flying start to the season hit the buffers, with the Blues now sat ninth in the table after six games.

Andy Awford’s squad have had a long week to dwell on the Burton result, with no midweek game for the first time this term.

Wynter knows his team need to put the losses to bed now, however.

Phil Brown’s side have also hit a patch of rocky form, but have been producing decent performances.

But on-loan Wynter is aware his team have to put in a fighting performance against the Shrimpers tomorrow.

Wynter said: ‘We were disappointed by the Burton defeat.

‘We had 24 hours to get over it and then prepare to go again this week.

‘There has been two defeats in the league, but we quickly need to put that behind us.

‘We’ve done our homework for Southend and prepared well for it.

‘We have to go there and give it our all.

‘It’s going to be a battle there, we know that.

‘League One and League Two are similar. Every week it’s a fight.’

Wynter made his league bow for Pompey at the Pirelli Stadium last Sunday in the 2-0 loss to the league leaders.

That showed he was fully over his bout of concussion picked up in the Capital One Cup success at Peterborough.

The 20-year-old operated in the right-back berth in a 4-2-3-1 formation against the Brewers.

He linked up with Jed Wallace there – a player the Crystal Palace loanee was aware of before arriving in the summer.

Wynter has seen the midfielder operate in a wing-back role along with Ricky Holmes.

He praised the job the pair have both done there, but feels he could give Awford something different in that position.

‘I knew Jed off the field, through a friend of mine,’ said Wynter.

‘That helps when you are aware of someone. It helped me to settle in straight away.

‘Jed did really well here last season.

‘You’d watch the Football League Show and see him scoring all the time, so I know what he’s all about.

‘Him and Ricky have both done good jobs filling in at wing-back. They are probably wingers who would like to attack a bit more than get back in.

‘It’s normal when you are an attacking player.

‘But I think they have both done great jobs for the team in there.’