Holmes: We need to seize JPT opportunity

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

Pompey must go all out for glory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

That’s verdict of winger Ricky Holmes.

The Blues go to Torquay tonight in the first round of the tournament, as they compete in it for the second time in the club’s history.

Guy Whittingham’s side know they are six matches from a Wembley appearance as they travel to Devon.

And Holmes believes it is a competition they should take seriously.

The 26-year-old feels the competition represents his side’s most realistic chance to achieve knockout success.

Holmes said: ‘I think there’s a big incentive for us to do well.

‘Bradford defeated the odds last season and made it to the Capital One Cup final.

‘I can’t see that happening again in many years.

‘The FA Cup is not a realistic opportunity for us.

‘This is a chance to get to Wembley for the fans and players.

‘The JPT can be that chance to get there.

‘So I hope we pick a strong team and go for it.

Holmes feels Pompey would take a huge following to Wembley if they were to get there.

He also believes the Torquay clash has importance after losing to Chesterfield on Saturday.

Holmes said: ‘You need to get to a winning mentality and this club has not had one for a few years.

‘We need to get that winning mentality back.

‘If we go to Torquay and get a result that will hold us in good stead, no matter what the competition is.

‘It’s nice to get away from the league sometimes.

‘There is nothing to fear and there’s not three points up for grabs.

‘I’ve played in the area final before, when Barnet lost to Swindon.

‘Playing at Wembley is a big, big prize for any player or fan.

‘There won’t be many here who have played at Wembley.

‘And if Pompey get to the final, blimey, we’ll sell it out.

‘I just hope we go for it.’