Holmes: Blues boss may regret letting me go

Ricky Holmes. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ricky Holmes. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ricky Holmes believes Andy Awford may now regret his decision to allow him to leave Pompey after downing his former side.

Last season’s player of the year was allowed to join Northampton on a free transfer in January after falling out of favour at Fratton Park.

But the former Barnet man capped an excellent first-half display with the only goal of the game as he reminded his former employers of what he could do.

Holmes said: ‘I spoke to him (Awford) before the game.

‘There was no bad blood there.

‘It’s a matter of opinions. He wasn’t having me at the time but maybe after that performance, he might think he made a mistake.

It’s a matter of opinions. He wasn’t having me at the time but maybe after that performance, he might think he made a mistake.

Ricky Holmes

‘Of course it means more to score the winner against them – they released me. They 
are all good guys and I had a great time there. It’s a shame it was cut short.

‘But things are working out for me here now.’

Holmes also insisted he held no hard feelings towards those Pompey fans who booed him.

He said: ‘It didn’t surprise me – it happens at every club.

‘Whenever you play against your former team, their fans are going to get on at you.

‘They were always great to me when I was there and they voted me as their player of the year so maybe they just saw me as a bit of a threat.

‘They didn’t want me to play well against their team.

‘Before the game, I would have said if it was going to be 1-0, I would score the winner and thankfully that happened.’

– STEVE WILSON