Boss wants Pompey to find the right balance
Guy Whittingham insists that Pompey will not ditch their passing philosophy.
The Blues have collected just one point from their opening two league fixtures ahead of Saturday’s clash with Morecambe.
A 4-1 home defeat to Oxford on the opening day was followed by a 2-2 draw at Accrington.
Pompey were easy on the eye in both of those games and created plenty of chances at the Crown Ground last week.
Whittingham does not believe the long-ball stereotype associated with the lower leagues, but concedes his side do have to sharpen up at the back.
The Blues boss said: “There is a perception that this division is all about lumping the ball forward.
“But if the two sides we’ve played so far are anything to go by, that’s definitely not the case.
“We want to keep playing attractive football, but also have to ensure that we don’t leave ourselves too open at the back.
“We understand that there needs to be a balance between attacking and defending and are working hard to get that right.”
Morecambe, like Pompey, have collected a single League Two point so far, although did shock Wolves to progress in the Capital One Cup.
Whittingham said: “I think Morecambe deserve congratulating for what they’ve achieved and for the way they play.
“The way they approach every game is spot on and Jim Bentley will make sure his side work hard.
“We understand the importance of getting that first win on the board, but it will be a tough test on Saturday.”