TOM YOUNG: Pompey finally start to show true grit...
By Tom Young
Thursday 30 Jan 2014 20:06:00
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Remember last summer, when several players brought in with experience in higher divisions?


Simon Ferry had played in League One, Therry Racon in the Championship and Agyemang in the Premier League to name but three. This arguably incorrectly raised our expectations and convinced us that we could walk League Two, after all, we are Pompey, right?

Well, sorry to say it but we were wrong. We're not the Portsmouth we once were and entered the season with a team that wasn't good enough and more importantly, couldn't do the gritty jobs.

After seeing the side lose games too easily, fail to see out matches we were winning and just simply fail to fight and show that it actually had a backbone, it was obvious that things needed to change; the team didn't have the necessary qualities to be successful.

Most fans have known this for some time, but now it seems the management team and even the players themselves have cottoned on Lately, it's been clear that the type of player being brought in has changed and Richie Barker and Co now look for "good athletes" rather than players signed because of their past rather than the present.

Rewind back just a few days to the signing on Ben Chorley. Leadership has definitely been one of those qualities we've lacked this season and he has already been speaking like a leader. "I'll run through a brick wall and will always stand up and be counted". If he wanted to make a good first impression then he did so.

Chorley seems to understand that the way out of League Two is do the ugly things first, the flashy things after. His performance at Wycombe on Tuesday night proved it. The captain’s armband, a clean sheet and a win.

Maybe it’s too late for us this season but Barker – provided we can get a few wins and pull away from the drop zone - has got the time to experiment with his raw formula of a side which you could now truly call "League Two".

It actually boasts the qualities, especially the gritty ones, to succeed in the free –for-all division that is League Two.

Tom Young is a student journalist. You can follow him @stanmoreblue95


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