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Barcham: A Frustrating Afternoon

24 August 2013

Winger felt it was two points dropped for Pompey at Mansfield

Andy Barcham opened his goalscoring account with an assured finish at Mansfield.

The winger also played a pivotal role in Pompey’s second, with his saved shot landing kindly for David Connolly.

But it was a sense of frustration rather than joy that enveloped the summer signing as he left the pitch.

Barcham was annoyed that the Blues let slip their interval lead and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

He said: “It was very frustrating. We’re disappointed that we’ve gone in front and not seen it through.

“We know Mansfield like to get the ball into the box and it’s something we’ve been working on in training.

“We defended so well for most of the game and dealt with everything they could throw at us.

“It’s just a shame that we were unable to hang on for the three points. We know it’s a case of two points dropped.

“It’s something that has happened before this season and it’s something that we’ll work on.

“We can’t keep getting in front and settling for a draw – we need to turn them into wins when we’re performing well.

“It doesn’t feel like we’ve got a point because it’s a game we could have won. You could see the same reaction on everyone’s face.”

Despite being disappointed with the result, Barcham was happy to get his first Blues goal.

He said: “I was delighted to score and feel like I should have got one sooner. Jed did well to pick me out and it was nice for me to get on the scoresheet.

“We knew there would be a lot of room for us in certain areas and we tried to take advantage of that.

“We caused them a few problems in the wide areas in the first half, although it didn’t work out quite as well in the second.”

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