Hollands: Season of hurt will drive title assault

Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Hollands promises to right wrongs of nightmare season
  • Midfielder vows he feels supporters’ pain after struggles
  • Personal form has disappointed former Charlton man

DANNY HOLLANDS vowed the pain of Pompey’s season of failure will fire a title charge.

And the Blues midfielder promised supporters he is feeling the hurt of the club’s inability to deliver League Two success this term.

I do care. This year so much has been expected, and it hasn’t happened. It’s so frustrating.

Danny Hollands

Pompey bring the curtain down on a nightmare campaign against York at Fratton Park tomorrow.

Failure to deliver a spot in the play-offs has rendered the season one of the most disappointing in the club’s history.

Hollands told the Blues faithful he carries the burden of not producing results on his shoulders.

And the 29-year-old underlined putting that right will be the motivation to deliver moving forward.

‘Where does this season rank in my career? Right in the relegation zone. As a whole, it’s been disappointing personally and as a team,’ said Hollands.

‘We’ve underachieved. We know that. There hasn’t been many highlights.

‘But it’s only going to make us hungrier to do better next season.

‘We need to knuckle down and put it right next season. That’s all we can do.

‘The fans are fantastic and follow us up and down the country. We appreciate that.

‘Hopefully they will stick with us and we’ll put it right.

‘When people say we don’t care, it’s a load of rubbish.

‘When I lose a game it affects me Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. It goes on for the whole week. It really, really gets me down.

‘If you ask a footballer’s wife they will tell you. My missus tells me not to bother coming home if we lose.

‘I do care. This year, so much has been expected and it hasn’t happened. It’s so frustrating.

‘All I can think of is picking ourselves up and coming back stronger next season.’

Hollands delivered an honest assessment of his own form over the past nine months.

Much was expected of the former Charlton man following his arrival after a successful loan stay at the end of last season.

Although he failed to meet his standards, Hollands was adamant he hasn’t been found wanting for commitment.

He said: ‘I wanted more goals. I was played out of position at times, but I don’t want to moan about that. It’s a privilege to be on the pitch.

‘You don’t become a bad player overnight. I have enough confidence I can get my head down, work hard and get back to where I want to be.

‘I always give my all but sometimes it doesn’t go for you for whatever reason.

‘One thing people can’t say about me is I don’t try. I will always give my best.

‘I’m a firm believer in giving your all week-in, week-out, day-in, day out.

‘I try to do that and be a model professional. It’s my job and you want to do well.

‘I’ll do the same next year but, hopefully, everyone ups their standards and brings the club success.’