Pom­pey play up, but Guy stays calm

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By James Hil­sum

GUY Whit­ting­ham in­sists his Portsmouth side won’t get car­ried away af­ter swat­ting More­cambe aside to claim their first win of the sea­son.

Pom­pey cruised to­wards vic­tory af­ter strikes from Jed Wal­lace, David Con­nolly and Pa­trick Agye­mang wrapped up the game be­fore half-time.

But Whit­ting­ham ad­mit­ted there was no room for com­pla­cency af­ter the south coast side failed to im­prove on their first-half goals tally.

“It is not as eu­phoric as you might think, be­cause we wanted to get an­other goal,” he said.

“There is a re­lief there be­cause you want to start win­ning as soon as you can and it was good to keep a clean sheet.

“This is our first win, but that gives us no right to go to Mans­field and win.”

While Whit­ting­ham was hardly jumping for joy, it was cer­tainly a much more joy­ous af­fair than the 4-1 open­ing day drub­bing by Ox­ford, in what proved to be a bru­tal re-in­tro­duc­tion to the Football League’s base­ment tier.

Wal­lace gave the hosts the lead in the 20th minute af­ter Agye­mang found the winger with a per­fectly-timed pass which he duly dis­patched past re­place­ment keeper An­dreas Aresti­dou.

Aresti­dou took the place of Barry Roche, who was taken ill be­fore the game - and he had his hands full for much of the first half.

The keeper had to pick the ball out of the net again six min­utes later, as a driv­ing run by Wal­lace found Con­nolly in space, and af­ter a Shrimps clear­ance gave the ball straight back to the vet­eran, he coolly fin­ished.

Things quickly got worse for More­cambe when An­drew Wright was given a sec­ond yel­low card af­ter an­other late chal­lenge, this time on Bar­cham.

Pom­pey wrapped up the points three min­utes later, when Agye­mang latched onto an­other through ball by Con­nolly and saw his shot ric­o­chet off the far post and into the net.

It meant a mis­er­able long jour­ney back to Lan­cashire for the 113 Shrimps fans and man­ager Jim Bent­ley blamed a lack of dis­ci­pline. “We’ve given them a leg up with the send­ing off and he should know bet­ter than that,” said Bent­ley.“But the sec­ond goal was the killer; they were four on one with us from our cor­ner. It’s all about those lit­tle things, but we’ll learn from it.”

But the More­cambe boss be­lieves his side came across one of the league’s strong­est teams.

“Credit to the lads in the sec­ond half, we could have even got a goal our­selves, but Portsmouth are one of the favourites this sea­son.”

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