Sodje: Our bodies are on the line for Pompey fans

Sam Sodje has vowed to give his all for Pompey's fans  Picture: Joe Pepler
Sam Sodje has vowed to give his all for Pompey's fans Picture: Joe Pepler

Sam Sodje sounded a Pompey war cry and promised fans: We care.

The central defender has vowed to put his body on the line as the Blues go in search of their first win in 21 games against Carlisle tomorrow.

Guy Whittingham’s side do that after being lifted by a clean sheet and point in the 0-0 draw at Hartlepool on Tuesday, which halted a nine-game losing run.

Sodje delivered a man-of-the-match performance at Victoria Park, as he robustly kept the home side at bay with his no-nonsense defending.

The Nigerian believes that display showed the committed style his game is all about.

Sodje knows Pompey fans are suffering from their club’s struggles on and off the pitch at the moment.

But he moved to reassure them the players at Fratton Park are committed to the cause.

The days of the Blues shelling out big-money wages on players are long gone but so are some of the mercenaries who prospered from that.

Sodje underlined that those who remain are motivated by the prospect of representing Pompey instead of financial gain.

He said: ‘I know what the fans are going through but what they should bear in mind is the players are here for them.

‘We are not here just to be a footballer and not care. I am not here for money.

‘I hate losing. I will put my neck on the line for them and do anything to win.

‘I will play with all my heart and give them what they deserve and want.

‘You can see from the characters of the people here they will do the same.

‘When you see the characters of them and get to know them, you see they want to play for the club.

‘I’ve played at the highest level for my country and for Olympic teams.

‘But this is what I am. I am not at Portsmouth just for my own good.

‘I play with my heart and hate losing. That’s what I will do for this club.

‘I just hope we do something at home now because we are long overdue a good result for the fans there.’

The clash with Carlisle tomorrow represents a chance for Pompey fans to see their first win since October 20.

It’s been 120 long days since Shrewsbury were defeated at Fratton Park.

Sodje has nothing but praise for the supporters who have stood behind their team during that run, while waiting to see if they will have a club in the Football League next season.

He insists their backing is the best he has seen in a career which has spanned spells at the likes of Leeds, West Brom, Reading and Charlton.

And he feels he is well placed to have empathy with the Fratton faithful after facing struggles of his own.

Sodje said: ‘I’ve played for some big, big clubs.

‘But I’ve never seen anything like it (at Pompey) – it’s ridiculous.

‘I know there’s only so much you can take in life.

‘I know this because I grew up in Africa and times were hard. There is only so much you can take but they keep coming.

‘I have to say thank you to them for that.

‘Yes, these are hard times but they are the best fans ever.’