Fogden: Blues players revelled in Fratton roar

For Wes Fogden, it was one of the greatest footballing atmospheres he has ever played in.

What’s more, he has the video to prove it after his dad performed a spot of filming from his seat in the South Stand.

Pompey midfielder Wes Fogden Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey midfielder Wes Fogden Picture: Joe Pepler

Saturday was one of those special Fratton Park days, aided by a second-successive victory for Andy Awford’s side.

The Fratton faithful was at its very best – a factor Fogden believes inspired the players to produce an excellent 1-0 win over Hartlepool that was far more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.

A crowd of 15,273 were present, of which 187 were travelling away fans, as the old ground rocked.

Performance-wise, Fogden was the pick of an excellent bunch, with Jack Whatmough and Adam Webster also shining.

And the all-action midfielder has sung the praises of the Blues followers who helped create such a memorable occasion.

Fogden said: ‘I have had a couple of away games when I have been to Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday who, as the home sides, made so much noise, especially before the game.

‘Saturday at Fratton Park was right up there – it was throughout the match as well, constant singing.

‘My dad was sat in the South Stand and filmed some of it and it was even louder on video than it seemed on the pitch!

‘The atmosphere gave us that extra yard and you can feel the fans appreciating every little bit of hard work you are putting in.

‘The whole occasion from start to the finish was absolutely fantastic. For the whole 90 minutes everyone was together and united within that club – all one big family.

‘As players we took a bit of confidence from the Newport game and had a great week training and so got after Hartlepool.

‘We managed to get the early goal and it could have been two, but I thought we were in control throughout, working hard for the club because it is the least we can do.’

Fogden, who made his 15th appearance for the Blues on Saturday, had to come off in the 86th minute with a knee problem.

It was an exit which rightly drew a standing ovation from the Fratton faithful in recognition of his boundless energy and infinite effort.

And Fogden, afterwards, paid tribute to the late Jack Robinson.

He said: ‘That was really quite emotional before the game, I have got to admit.

‘Some of the lads met him and it makes you think how lucky you are. The response to that tribute was brilliant.’

– NEIL ALLEN