East out to heap pain on strugglers

Danny East was back on Boxing Day. Picture: Barry Zee
Danny East was back on Boxing Day. Picture: Barry Zee

JUST OVER three weeks ago he feared his career was over.

Now Pompey’s new hard man is vowing to get the bragging rights over his former side at Fratton Park tomorrow.

Yes, Danny East is definitely a no-nonsense throwback of a footballer

That was seen in dramatic style at the start of the month when he was involved in a horror fall against Wycombe at Fratton Park.

Now he is back in the equation with former side Northampton in his sights, weeks after fearing his neck was broken.

East was brought into the first-team picture against Dagenham & Redbridge by boss Richie Barker, and helped Pompey to a much-needed clean sheet in the 1-0 success.

The 22-year-old added his tigerish qualities to the side with a much-needed battling approach.

Rock-bottom Northampton are up next tomorrow, a team the former Hull man knows all about.

East played 19 games under Aidy Boothroyd with the Cobblers last season.

He admitted he is surprised to see them struggling at the foot of the table.

But he has no second thoughts about heaping more woe on them at Fratton Park.

East said: ‘I played 20 games or so for them last season so it’s a big game for me.

‘I can’t wait to play against them and put one over on them.

‘It’s about Portsmouth for me now.

‘I was there for the first half of the season and then I had a slipped disc.

‘I only heard that the manager had left the other day and I was gutted for him because he’s a nice guy.

‘But I’m sure they will turn the corner because they have got a good squad.

‘We’ve got to be careful about that, go about our own business and get the three points.

‘They are a club you would expect to see at the other end.

‘Everyone would have put them in the promotion frame.

‘But they are not there and we need to take advantage of that.

‘There are some good experienced players there like Clive Platt and plenty of others.

‘But we need to follow up this result and get on top of them again. Their backs are against the wall and I am sure they will be up for it as much as we will be.’

Ending the nine-game run without a win has lifted some of the tension building at Pompey, as they careered down the League Two table.

Now East wants back-to-back wins for the first time since March.

East said: ‘There was a bit of tension towards the end against Dagenham –of course there was.

‘But we did well to soak up that pressure. It felt that we were together.

‘It happens in most games where you see the top sides come under pressure late in the game when they are winning. We needed that, we had to absorb the pressure and deal with it.

‘I felt we did that. They didn’t really get a sniff and Trev (Carson) didn’t make one save. We dealt with what they threw at us. It was good to stop that run of nine games without a win.

‘Last season, I know it was 23 games without a win and that’s mad.

‘So it’s good to stop that now and hopefully we can make it back-to-back wins.’