Proud Pompey boss wants more of the same

Pompey boss Guy Whittingham, right, with Romain Padovani Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Guy Whittingham, right, with Romain Padovani Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss Guy Whittingham witnessed pride return to his side and demanded: Keep it going.

The Blues emphatically buried the memory of their York nightmare with a 3-0 win over in-form Rochdale on Saturday.

Jed Wallace and two second-half Bondz N’Gala headers did the damage and lifted the mood around Fratton Park.

Dale had won four games on the bounce going into the game, with Keith Hill manager of the month for September.

But they were never allowed into the clash as Pompey set about them from the outset.

It was a performance which was the perfect response to the abject 4-2 loss at York.

Whittingham spoke of his pleasure at seeing a fitting answer from his players to that loss.

He insisted the endeavour produced is the minimum requirement from his team.

Now the challenge is for Pompey to keep that form up moving forward.

They will get a quick chance to deliver again, as they go to Oxford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tomorrow.

Whittingham said: ‘That’s the sort of performance we should have.

‘We worked hard and that is what is expected.

‘Our front men chased things down and the midfield and defence squeezed up.

‘We kept our concentration and chased lost causes.

‘They were great and I’m pleased the fans were given something to cheer about. I’m delighted.

‘You should expect performances like that and we have to keep it up.

‘The players can enjoy the win but we have to keep it up.

‘We have a game tomorrow and the players have to do the right things.

‘We owed the fans that performance. They have never stopped giving their backing, no matter what.

‘The performance last week wasn’t good enough.

‘I will always thank the supporters. They know what we’re trying to do here.

‘We are appreciative of the fact they are appreciative of what this club is about.

‘We’re working hard together to make sure they are proud of their football club again.’

Striker Ashley Harris has returned to Pompey ahead of the Oxford trip after ending his loan stay at Hawks. Danny East missed Saturday’s game with a knock, while David Connolly sat out of the clash with a calf injury.

Tomorrow’s game will be too early for Simon Ferry but he is expected to train this week after a hamstring injury.

Whittingham said: ‘Danny has a slight knock. It was too much to put him on today. We need everybody.

‘Simon is coming on. Hamstrings are ones you have to protect. Hopefully he’ll be back in training this week.

‘David had a knock to his calf. You don’t want to risk people if they are not right.

‘Ashley is back. It didn’t work out for him at Havant & Waterlooville. He needs to get his head down and work hard in training.’