Agyemang impressed with Wallace’s blossoming Pompey career

Jed Wallace's equaliser against Doncaster Rovers was his third goal for the club following his promotion to the first team Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace's equaliser against Doncaster Rovers was his third goal for the club following his promotion to the first team Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace strode forward to score a left-footed equaliser against Doncaster Rovers.

And in Patrick Agyemang’s eyes, it represented another giant step in the on-going development of the teenager.

It had been a first half to forget at the Keepmoat Stadium for midfielder Wallace, who struggled to come to terms with a pitch devoid of grass and swamped by a muddy surface.

He wasn’t the only one of the Pompey players who suffered, yet Wallace stood out the most during those opening 45 minutes as Guy Whittingham’s men struggled to retain possession.

Agyemang was the architect for that equaliser – as Wallace bounced back.

It was his cross from the right which found its way to the 18-year-old – having gone underneath the foot of David Connolly – and the goal followed.

That crisp 75th-minute strike secured an impressive 1-1 draw at the League One leaders, who now sit four points clear.

And Agyemang believes the fixture also emphasised Wallace’s resilience and a confidence growing in front of his eyes.

He said: ‘The first half Jed didn’t have the best of games, but in the second half he kept on going and, credit to him, got his goal in the end.

‘That first half he gave the ball away a couple of times and lost a little bit of confidence. But no-one got on to him and we gave him encouragement.

‘He’s a young lad but it’s a case of “get the ball, take one or two touches, get your confidence back and once you do that you can start running with the ball and it happened”.

‘Jed got his goal, got running and got another shot off.

‘He runs all day, he doesn’t stop running. He’s young and hungry at the moment, he will get better – and he listens, as well.

‘He listens to the experienced lads and wants to learn, so it’s good.

‘It helps if you have got someone up front who gives him information to feed off. Obviously, you can’t go past everyone so if he has got an option to play it to the front and get it back, it’s good for his game.

‘I have told him when he wants to come inside I can play to feet and I will hold it and lay it into him or turn myself, it’s just a bit of both.

‘He has definitely taken it on board.

‘I think he’s improving. Maybe it is because he is playing with more experience around him, but he is learning, taking it on board and using it.’

Doncaster was Agyemang’s ninth appearance since arriving at Fratton Park in February. During that time the Blues have rediscovered some form, losing just three of those encounters.

And the former QPR striker has been impressed with what he has seen during his loan spell so far.

He added: ‘I wasn’t here before so can only tell you what I have seen since I have been here.

‘My first game at Bournemouth we worked hard and from then have gone from strength to strength. We don’t look like a team at the bottom.

‘A lot of good players have come through and been in and out of this place, but there are still a lot of good players here.

‘It’s just getting that base and good formula to start winning games – and we are starting to get that now.’