Danny Hollands savoured his league return and admitted: It’s good to be back.
The midfielder admitted he felt the need for Pompey to get a positive result at Bristol Rovers as he came back into the equation.
If you go into a team and you lose it’s going one way for you.Danny Hollands
Hollands made his first league start of the season and produced a dependable display in anchoring the midfield.
The 29-year-old got his first league 90 minutes in since last term’s final-day draw against York City in May.
He was thankful to be able to get the chance to do that.
And the former Charlton man explained he felt it was important for his side to get a result as he came into the starting line-up.
Hollands said: ‘It’s nice to get out there and get some minutes under my belt.
‘It’s good to be part of a team doing well.
‘I’ve played in the cups and done okay.
‘But to be told I’m playing in the league is a big boost.
‘The league is the bread and butter and this club wants to win promotion and go through the leagues.
‘It’s no secret, so to be part of it and get a winning result is great.
‘If you go into a team and you lose it’s going one way for you.
So it’s nice to come into the team, get some minutes under my belt, enjoy it and get the three points.
‘I can go home and reflect well on that now. It’s something I can be happy with.’
Hollands formed part of a new-look defensive midfield partnership with Adam Barton at the Memorial Ground.
With Michael Doyle suspended and Nigel Atangana missing with a back problem, the pair won the midfield battle.
Hollands stated he felt comfortable playing alongside Barton.
He said: ‘I know how he plays and what he can do.
‘It’s nice to get on the pitch and get those minutes.
‘I’ve got confidence in anyone I take to the field with here.’
Pompey earned plenty of plaudits for the quality of their goals as they moved to the top of the table.
Gareth Evans’ first-half header was taken sharply, while Jayden Stockley clinically took the second goal 19 minutes from time.
That came at the end of a flowing passing move and telling delivery from Ben Davies.
Hollands felt the goal showed the work on the training ground is paying off.
He said: ‘That’s what we practice every day.
‘That’s the way the gaffer wants to play. It’s working.
‘If we continue to work on it on the training pitch, it will come off even more than it is a the moment.’