Defender delivers survival promise

Sonny Bradley celebrates his goal against Southend Picture: Joe Pepler
Sonny Bradley celebrates his goal against Southend Picture: Joe Pepler

SONNY BRADLEY has reassured Pompey fans and insisted: We won’t get relegated.

Pompey go into tomorrow’s bottom-of-the-table battle with Accrington Stanley four points clear of the League Two drop zone.

The New Year’s Day defeat to Southend means it’s one win in 12 for Richie Barker’s men going into the game at Fratton Park.

Defeat would see James Beattie’s Stanley outfit leapfrog the Blues in a campaign which now has them looking to avoid a dogfight at the foot of the table.

Bradley admitted that is where ambitions currently lie for a Pompey team who were many bookies’ pre-season favourties for the title.

But the 22-year-old former Hull defender is insistent dropping out of the Football League will not happen.

Bradley said; ‘We definitely won’t get relegated.

‘I looked at it (at the start of the season) and thought we’ve got a chance here of winning the league – that’s what we wanted to do.

‘But that’s obviously not the way it’s gone.

‘I don’t know where we are in the table now. I choose not to look at it but we are in a fight.

‘There’s no point looking up. We’ve got to get safe first and be more solid as a team.

‘The gaffer’s in now and I think, hopefully, he’s going to bring a bit of solidarity to the team.

‘If he does – and I’m sure he will – hopefully we’re going to have a very good second half to the league season.’

Bradley was encouraged by the display at Southend, with Barker’s side suffering a 2-1 defeat thanks to Ryan Leonard’s last-gasp screamer that gave Blues keeper Trevor Carson no chance.

However, the centre-half is desperate to see his team quickly put the frustrating outcome behind them.

He said: ‘It’s about how you bounce back now.

‘The top teams – like Manchester United and Manchester City – do get upset and are devastated but they bounce back.

‘The quicker we can get it out of our system, the better we’ll progress.’