Wallace delight at ‘embarrassing’ Ertl jig

Johnny Ertl performs his jig at Cheltenham Picture: Joe Pepler
Johnny Ertl performs his jig at Cheltenham Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace revealed his delight at Johnny Ertl’s maiden Pompey goal but insisted: That celebration was embarrassing!

The Blues skipper opened his scoring account for the club in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Cheltenham.

But Wallace, whose excellent right-flank raid and subsequent delivery created the opportunity for the Austrian to score, was left less than impressed with Ertl’s improvised jig to mark the occasion.

He revealed: ‘When I looked up and saw Johnny running away, at first I thought “what is he doing claiming the goal?”

‘I was so happy for Johnny to score.

‘He has deserved to score – he’s had so many chances.

‘Last year there were a few times where he’d come running into the box and smash it and it’d be blocked.

‘But I’m not sure about his celebration, though.

‘I know his girlfriend is an unbelievable singer, but whether he thinks he has got a bit of flair or rhythm or something I don’t know

‘I’m not having it at all!

‘Yassin (Moutaouakil) picked me up when Johnny scored and as I was hanging upside-down I caught a glimpse of him celebrating like Elvis Pressley.

‘I’ve seen the photos – it’s awful, embarassing!

‘What was he doing?’

Wallace revealed that his skipper has been known to get carried away when scoring in training.

But the Blues youngster this week advised his midfield team-mate to stick to breaking up the play.

‘He’ll score the odd goal in training but when we are playing on with the game, Johnny will still be celebrating and doing a dance,’ said Wallace.

‘He had one shot this week in training and I was like “whoaah, chill!”

‘I said to him “just concentrate on breaking up the play and giving the ball to Simon Ferry”.’