Andy Barcham: Portsmouth winger happy with position switch

Andy Barcham
Andy Barcham has scored five times for Portsmouth since joining them in 2013

Portsmouth's Andy Barcham says he is happy to play in an unfamiliar wing-back role to get first-team football.

The 28-year-old, who has played 15 times this term, is usually a winger, but started a new role for the reserves in Tuesday's draw with Bournemouth.

Pompey have moved to a 3-5-2 in recent weeks, prompting the position switch.

"I've got to try to adapt and show what I can do. It was a bit different for me but a very useful experience," he told BBC Radio Solent.

Barcham has struggled to hold down a starting berth this year, but he thinks his skills as a winger will help in his new spot.

"First and foremost with a 3-5-2 we're looking to stay strong and solid and then get forward, so it helps to be an attacking full-back."

Meanwhile, 18-year-old midfielder Ben Close has joined Poole Town on a one-month youth loan.

Close has appeared in six games for Pompey this season since making his debut in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie with Yeovil in September.