Target man Jed aims for more

Jed Wallace is gunning for more Pompey goals after already accomplishing his pre-season target.

The midfielder took his season’s tally to 10 with a pair against Morecambe at the weekend.

Jed Wallace celebrates scoring at Exeter. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace celebrates scoring at Exeter. Picture: Joe Pepler

It ensures he has now reached the double-figure total he set himself in the summer – after just 24 matches.

Wallace is now the first Blues midfielder to hit at least 10 goals in a campaign since Paul Merson netted 12 in the unforgettable 2002-03 season.

And the 20-year-old – who has now scored 23 times in 95 Pompey games – has no intention of easing up.

He said: ‘I wanted to get into double figures this season and luckily that has happened soon, so now I have a real chance to kick on.

‘I’m not setting any new targets, number 11 is next on the agenda, hopefully when that comes it will be onto number 12 and number 13!

‘I don’t think I was playing particularly well in the first half against Morecambe to be fair but I have got a bit of knack when I am not playing well of sometimes popping up with a goal.

‘I had a bit of a dry spell in the middle of last season, so I’ve been trying to find that bit more consistency – hitting the net once every three or four games.

‘It is something I have spoken to the manager about.

‘I’m still a young player, only 20 years old, and am going to be up and down with my form.

‘There are times when I am not going to be playing.

‘But the manager knows better than anyone else how to manage me, which he has done this season in terms of training, where I have played on the pitch, all this sort of thing.

‘Goals-wise it is paying off, I have just got to keep going now and take each game as it comes.’

Wallace was Pompey’s top-scorer last season with seven goals.

He finished his maiden campaign in 2012-13 with six in 23 appearances.

Nowadays installed as the club’s penalty taker, three of his 10 goals this time around have come from the penalty spot.

But he currently has twice the amount of Craig Westcarr (five), while Miles Storey has three.

Next up on Wallace’s goal-scoring radar is struggling Tranmere on Saturday.

Micky Adams’ side are in the relegation zone having lost seven of their last 10 League Two games.

And Wallace is seeking an improvement to Pompey’s awful away form.

He added: ‘I saw Brentford on the box on Friday night against Fulham, they have won four on the trot now and must feel on top of the world, like we did at the end of last year.

‘Sometimes things don’t go to plan but we reacted well against Morecambe and have given ourselves a chance to build on it with an important away game at Tranmere.

‘We need to get a few more shots on target on the road.’