Bondz N’Gala delivered a powerful Pompey debut and promised: I’ll put my body on the line.
The defender impressed with a no-nonsense display at the heart of the Blues back-line in the 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Bournemouth last night.
N’Gala gave an insight into his game and what supporters can expect to see after he agreed a month’s deal at Fratton Park last week.
The 23-year-old made some fine full-length interventions to deny the Cherries clear goalscoring opportunities.
He insisted he had no problem doing that, as a player who relishes physical battles. And the former West Ham trainee, who was released by Stevenage last season, is looking for further chances to do just that for Guy Whittingham’s side.
He said: ‘I’m delighted to play again. It’s pleasing to get my first 90 minutes of the season under my belt.
‘I love defending. I’m a defender first and foremost and that is what I like to do.
‘If a striker goes through on goal I’ll be the first to throw my body on the line.
‘Hopefully, I can inspire others to do the same and bring their strengths to the team.
‘I defend first and foremost. I like the physical battles and I relish that.’
N’Gala has been quick to settle in at his new club.
Appearing at the Hawks in pre-season and spending time on trial previously has made that task easier.
‘It’s a great set of lads here and it’s been easy for me to slot in with them,’ he said.
‘It’s gone well and the game in pre-season and this week’s training has helped me to settle in quicker.’
– JORDAN CROSS