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Carson: Happy To Be Back

22 October 2013

Keeper looking forward to first team return

Trevor Carson had to watch Pompey beat Bury from the sidelines on Saturday.

The keeper was unable to play against his parent club and saw stand-in Phil Smith keep a clean sheet in the 1-0 victory.

But Guy Whittingham has already said that Carson will return to the side for tonight’s League Two test against Wycombe.

And the Northern Irishman is confident that Pompey can extend their four-match unbeaten run.

Carson said: “Watching from the sides is never good and it was a bit frustrating at the weekend, but it was a good result and a clean sheet.

“I get on well with most of the lads at Bury, but 100 per cent of me wanted Pompey to get the win.

“We didn’t play particularly well, but we ground out a result and that’s a good sign in football.

“Phil did really well, but the manager said before the game that I’d be back in the side and that the position was mine to lose.

“Wycombe look a decent side under Gareth Ainsworth and we’re well aware of what their threats are. But if we’re at it then there aren’t many teams in the division that can stop us.”

Pompey are now just four points adrift of the play-off pack having dropped only two points from their last three league matches.

But Carson wants to extend that good form and believes the Blues have the personnel in place to do just that. 

He said: “We’re on a great run at the minute with three wins out of four. This league is really tight so a couple more wins will catapult us up the table.

“You see it all the time in the lower leagues. A team puts a run of six or seven wins together and all of a sudden they’re up there.

“We’ve got the squad capable of doing that and if we get a few injuries then we’ve got others who we can rely upon to come in and do a good job. We saw that on Saturday when Phil came in and did really well.

“The lads all know where we want to be come the end of the season. This is a massive club and there’s been a big transition, but we’re slowly coming together as a team.”

Pompey have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two home matches and Carson has plenty of faith in the men protecting his goal.

He said: “The two centre-backs have had a stable partnership for the last few games and that’s shown – they’ve been outstanding.

“We haven’t conceded more than one goal in the four games that I’ve been here and we look very strong.

“Then we’ve got experienced full-backs and Johnny Ertl provides great security for the back four.”

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