Local boy Wallace keen to avoid upset

Jed Wallace celebrates his goal against Shrewsbury Town. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace celebrates his goal against Shrewsbury Town. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace has revealed he will never be able to set foot back on his home patch again if Pompey are the victims of a big FA Cup shock.

The Blues midfielder hails from Farnborough and revealed he often used to watch Vanarama Conference outfit Aldershot as a youngster.

And while he already has his motivation for a high-profile FA Cup run, Wallace also has his own reasons for making sure Pompey progress.

Wallace said: ‘I’m from Farnborough, which is just around the corner from Aldershot.

‘I used to go there to watch games when I was a kid with a few of my friends.

‘I didn’t really support them so much but I used to go and watch whoever was at home – Aldershot, Farnborough or Basingstoke.

‘So for me, I absolutely cannot lose that game or I will never be able to go home again.

‘When Aldershot came out in the draw, I just laughed.

‘The phone went mad with texts and calls from friends who are Aldershot fans.

‘There has been a bit of banter flying around.

‘But we don’t need any extra motivation – it’s the FA Cup.

‘If we win two games, we could get anyone here at Fratton Park.

‘It would be great for us to get a Premier League team here.

‘But we can’t think beyond this game and we won’t be taking Aldershot lightly.

‘I understand they have sold out their 2,500 allocation and knowing their fans as I do, it’s bound to be an unbelievable atmosphere.’

The League Two campaign takes a break for a week but Wallace believes this still represents a chance to build on recent performances.

Although Pompey have found some consistency at Fratton Park this season, Wallace knows the Blues’ away form needs to be addressed if the club can maintain hopes of challenging for promotion this season.

He said: ‘It’s been a bit up and down for us as a group.

‘The stats don’t lie – the home form has been terrific but we have got to be a bit more solid away from home.

‘We should have had wins at Hartlepool and York with the way we played there.

‘But I know when I am in a good team and I know when I’m not in a good team.

‘I really think we will be right in amongst it at the end of the season.

‘I’m still pretty young but I have played enough times to know when the group is good.

‘There is a positive feeling around the place, we all work hard.

‘There are a lot of good senior pros and a lot of hungry youngsters. That is a good blend to have.’