Pompey midfielder given licence to score

Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler

DANNY HOLLANDS will be given the freedom to continue his end-of-season goalscoring spree.

Pompey boss Andy Awford is keen to allow his new recruit to cause damage with his deep-lying runs in the new campaign.

Hollands’ loan spell with the Blues was peppered with outstanding goal-scoring form, as he bagged five goals in six starts.

Awford promised he will be allowed the opportunity to continue in that vein moving forward.

He said: ‘We have the two sitters in midfield, whoever they are.

‘But there is a licence for Danny to go – just at the right time.

‘That’s why I talk about know-how, experience and picking those moments when to go.

‘He got a couple of goals at set pieces last season.

‘Although we play with two sitters, it’s not a restricted role.

‘If we played with one sitter with two runners, like we have in the past, that one really does have to sit.

‘We may do that on occasions.

‘But he’s had that freedom to go and do what he’s done.’

Despite his return at the end of the campaign, Awford admitted he hasn’t signed Hollands particularly for his prowess in front of goal.

The Pompey boss joked he doesn’t expect the goals to flow for him at his current rate.

Awford added: ‘He’s always around the box, in and around things. You can see that.

‘I think people will remember his hat-trick against Plymouth. He got two headers arriving late.

‘So that is an added bonus in his game.

‘I didn’t sign him as a goal-scoring midfielder.

‘If he carries on at that ratio next season I’ll be happy! He’ll be leading goalscorer in the league!’