Spectator Chorley banking on another Pompey win

Ben Chorley Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Chorley Picture: Joe Pepler

The South Stand will be swelled by another Ben Chorley appearance tomorrow.

And the injured central defender will once again be roaring on the Blues as they seek a second win of the week.

The 31-year-old’s calf injury continues to rule him out of Pompey action at present.

In the meantime, he has spent the past two games watching from the stands, whether it be at Roots Hall or Fratton Park.

Chorley made his Pompey debut in a 1-0 win at Adams Park in January last season under Richie Barker.

That was the last time the sides met.

The ex-Stevenage man won’t be on the pitch tomorrow, but he is hoping for a repeat of that winning performance against Gareth Ainsworth’s side.

He said: ‘Wycombe have started well this season. I played with their manager and he did give everything as a footballer.

‘My first game here was away at Wycombe last season and they have changed it a little bit in who plays for them.

‘I know Paul Hayes up front and he nicks a goal, and we have to make sure we challenge him and get physical with him.

‘It’s going to be a difficult game – they always are in this league.

‘League One and League Two are harder than the ones above in terms of the physical aspects and winning challenges.

‘But however their manager sets up, we are at home and don’t fear anyone.

‘We want another three points but it’s not a given – it’s going to be hard graft, like most games are.’

Like the supporters, Chorley was a frustrated figure at Roots Hall last weekend for the 2-0 defeat.

But he was been delighted with how the team bounced back to defeat Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday.

He added: ‘After Southend it was about the next game and putting it right.

‘Tuesday was a scrappy game, and for the first 45 minutes you could feel the edginess.

‘I am quite a stickler for the little things and looked at the clock at eight minutes and it was the first time the crowd were a bit edgy.

‘I was hoping the players wouldn’t feel that and it took us a little while to get into it.

‘Dagenham didn’t have any real clear-cut chances and I don’t really think we did. Their keeper pulled off a save and Paul Jones also did with a good save at the top right, so it was a bit of a muchness until we got the goal.

‘Then Dagenham had to change a little bit, come out and their wingers had to start running the ball and the midfielder couldn’t drop as deep as he had been. In the end it was a good performance and 3-0 was emphatic.’