Hollands: Pompey squad raring to go

Pompey midfielder Danny Hollands Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey midfielder Danny Hollands Picture: Joe Pepler

Pumped-up Pompey are primed and raring to be unleashed on League Two.

That is the message from Danny Hollands, who has shrugged off the three defeats which ended the Blues’ pre-season campaign.

Andy Awford’s men head to Exeter tomorrow for the start of what many Blues fans hope can be a play-off push at the minimum.

The squad has been overhauled in the summer, with greater strength added to playing numbers.

And regardless of successive defeats to Ebbsfleet, Bournemouth and Charlton, Hollands has been encouraged by the side’s progress.

He said: ‘I have really enjoyed this pre-season, it has been a pleasure to be part of.

‘Maybe results in certain games haven’t gone too well but I think that’s good because it gives you that edge that you want to get back to winning ways.

‘Our last two performances have been very good against teams two leagues above us. With Bournemouth, I think they will be in and around the play-offs come the end of the season so there is no negatives losing 3-2 to them.

‘Against Charlton I thought we looked the fitter team and created chances, the only thing was we didn’t finish off those opportunities, which was a bit of an annoyance.

‘But I think they are two games where we can be positive and take them into the start of the season.

‘You look at the Ebbsfleet defeat and these things happen. In some ways those little things can help you because they can make you stronger.

‘As a squad you think everything is going fine and dandy and then get something like that and it kind of shocks you and makes you up your levels a bit more.

‘But pre-season is a fitness exercise for most of the team and we looked fit and are in good habits. We can take that into tomorrow.

‘We are definitely ready. It has been a good pre-season, we feel fit, have got back into the groove of things and hopefully can make it count at Exeter.’

Awford’s men travel to St James Park for the start of five matches in 15 days.

Peterborough visit Fratton Park on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup.