Danny Hollands eyeing victory on Pompey return

Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Danny Hollands has missed Pompey’s last seven matches
  • Before his injury the midfielder had started 14 successive matches under Paul Cook

Danny Hollands has his eyes fixed on a crucial victory upon his return to Pompey’s squad.

Following six weeks out with a broken leg, the midfielder is back in the frame for tonight’s trip to Barnet (7.45pm).

I’m just looking to get back out there, it seems like a century ago since I last played a game football

Danny Hollands

Up until sustaining that injury at Ipswich Town in the FA Cup, Hollands had started 14 successive matches.

He can expect to be on the bench at the Hive tonight as Paul Cook’s side look for a win over the 18th-placed Bees.

Following a disappointing weekend draw at Yeovil, a win is required if the Blues are to put pressure on their promotion rivals.

Hollands said: ‘We have got to start winning games.

‘We know that as a squad and feel confident we can do it.

‘We have to stand up and be counted. If we are serious about what we want to do then we have to start putting the wins on the table.

‘I am confident we have enough in the squad to do what we want to do.

‘Even people I have played against say “How are you not higher than what you are?”.

‘For me, I can only think of a handful of games we haven’t controlled and been the better side.

‘That is the frustrating thing but at the end of the day you go and play a game of football, it doesn’t matter if you have more possession – it matters about the scoreline.

‘As a squad we need to make sure we start doing it at the business end of the season.’

During Hollands’ seven-game absence, Pompey have failed to keep a clean sheet.

And the 30-year-old is relishing being involved again.

He added: ‘I’m just looking to get back out there.

‘It seems like a century ago since I last played a game football. I might have to read the rule book again!’