Wallace happy to share the glow

Jed Wallace. Picture:Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace. Picture:Joe Pepler

While Jed Wallace has been Pompey’s most reliable attacking force for much of the campaign, he admits he had no issue playing a supporting role as Pompey’s missing men turned up.

Both Craig Westcarr and Danny Hollands netted long-overdue goals, while Ricky Holmes turned in his best display of the season by a distance in a team performance that suggested the Blues are just starting to gather some real momentum.

Wallace has occasionally been criticised for trying to do too much on his own this season but it’s hard to blame the seven-goal midfielder for that when he seemed to be the only one offering a threat at times.

But that was certainly not the case this time around as Pompey attacked with pace and in numbers in a 3-0 win that could easily have been the tonking that boss Andy Awford has been predicting for several weeks.

While others may have stolen the headlines this time, the 20-year-old leading goalscorer was more than happy to play his part and take a seat in his ‘deckchair’.

He said: ‘To be fair, I don’t think I was that involved in this game and we spanked them 3-0.

‘So it’s a promising sign.

‘When Holmesy is playing like that on the left, I might as well get a deckchair out and watch him tear the full-back to pieces.

‘It’s a team game. If I don’t touch the ball and we win 5-0, I won’t be complaining.

‘I think I prefer playing in a 4-4-2.

‘There are more people in the final third to cause damage.

‘But if we play four at the back, three at the back or five at the back, I’m not really bothered as long as we get three points.

‘We are getting the ball in the right areas, we’ve got Miles Storey and Craig Westcarr who are willing runners and we’ve got the two wingers to back play up.

‘I also think we’re seeing the best of Danny Hollands and James Dunne now we’ve got two in there.

‘At the moment, it’s an exciting time but nobody is getting carried away with anything.

‘It’s one game at a time, although that’s a horrible cliché. That’s all we are thinking about.’

There was a real drive about Pompey and they went for the throat from the start of the contest.

And Wallace hinted there has been a change in emphasis to get at the opposition as quickly as possible.

He said: ‘I think we have shown that if we get off to a good start at home, other teams will crumble a little bit.

‘We showed that with the early goal and we didn’t really look back from there.

‘I thought we controlled the game and everyone put a real shift in.

‘Confidence is quite high at the moment but we know we have got to replicate that away from home a bit more.’

Wallace also had praise for Westcarr and has tipped him for an important contribution this season.

He said: ‘I gave him a bit of stick. I told him it was a tap-in and the keeper should have done better.

‘But he has worked tremendously hard in the past few weeks and I was really pleased for him.

‘He is a proven striker at this level and above and will get well into double figures

‘He will be an important player for us over the course of the season.’