Patience the key virtue for Jed

Jed Wallace celebrates with Jack Whatmough and James Dunne on Tuesday. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace celebrates with Jack Whatmough and James Dunne on Tuesday. Picture: Joe Pepler

JED WALLACE has asked for patience as Pompey look to build another powerful run of form.

The midfielder believes his team are still on course for a memorable campaign in League Two.

But he believes there are likely to be more blips along the way for the Blues in the coming months.

Wallace has targeted a top-seven finish for his team this season.

They got back on course against Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday night, after three league defeats on the bounce.

Now they look to build on that against Wycombe on Saturday.

Wallace is upbeat about what can be achieved.

But he is hopeful ambitions are realistic among fans.

He said: ‘I looked at the table on Saturday and thought: We can’t lose our next two.

‘But, really, there’s no need to panic.

‘We’re really starting to get together as a team.

‘We started so well and maybe expectations went up.

‘We can’t play that way all season.

‘We’re in League Two for a reason. Maybe we don’t play well every week.

‘But we need to play better than the other side and make sure we’re in that top seven come May.

‘That’s all I’m worried about.

‘People need to stay patient with us. If that happens we’ll do well.

‘We have massive desire to do well and please the fans, who back us so well.

‘Sometimes we try and it doesn’t always come off, but hopefully people can be patient with the new things we’re trying, like the formation.

‘We know this is a fantastic place to play football and we have a good set of players here.

‘It’s a long season. We are going to lose games and we are going to win games.

‘I don’t think there is any need to panic if we don’t win every game we play.’

Patience isn’t something Wallace has afforded himself when it’s come to his own form.

The 20-year-old is his own harshest critic when it comes to assessing his performances.

But he has been quietly satisfied 
with his showings over the opening 11 games.

Wallace is pleased with a return of five goals in that period after inking a new three-year deal in the summer.

But that couldn’t be said for his first-half showing against Dagenham.

He explained he felt he was 
eventually rewarded for trying to do the right things.

Wallace said: ‘For me, with the sort of player I am, sometimes things come off for me and sometimes they don’t.

‘I understand that frustrates some people, but I’m never going to be someone who passes the ball backwards.

‘That’s not the way I do things.

‘Hiding away is not the way I ever do things.

‘Sometimes it works for me and sometimes it doesn’t.

‘I was really disappointed with my first-half performance on Tuesday.

‘But then I scored and set one up in the second half, so hopefully I made up for it a little bit.’