Allan pledges to bounce back from Crawley disappointment

Scott Allan in action against Crawley
Scott Allan in action against Crawley

Scott Allan has pledged to bounce back from his Crawley disappointment and deliver the Pompey goods.

The on-loan midfielder was uncharacteristically wasteful in possession in the Boxing Day defeat.

The Blues’ failure to create in the final third was a glaring problem to emerge from the 2-1 defeat.

In addition, Allan struggled with the accuracy of his set-pieces throughout – from both corners and free-kicks.

The Scotsman remains a skilful and potentially highly-influential player on his day.

And he is ready to put that Crawley showing behind him to ramp up his game against Yeovil tomorrow.

He said: ‘Hopefully the pitch will be okay, we can get our heads on the game and get three points.

‘It can be hard with the ball up and down every five minutes like it was on Boxing Day.

‘It can be hard to influence things at times, but when the ball does come to me I need to create something. Hopefully I can deliver it.

‘My deliveries were pretty poor against Crawley, to be fair.

‘But you need to put it to bed, start afresh and put it right against Yeovil.

‘Guy (Whittingham) and Awfs (Andy Awford) have done really well. They’ve been positive and very professional in the way they’ve gone about the job.

‘To be fair, I’ve still felt just as settled here with them coming in. The pair of them have made it that way, and I’m sure every single one of the lads here would say the same. It has been 100-per-cent back to basics, but that’s what we’ve needed to do.

‘We’ve been letting in goals and put an end to it – then have done it again against Crawley.

‘Hopefully that’s just a blip.’

Yeovil represents Pompey’s final home match of 2012 – and their second at Fratton in 72 hours.

The pitch noticeably cut up during the Crawley match amid driving rain which eased only late on.

A crowd of 13,169 also shrugged off the elements to attend on that cold, damp night.

There were boos ringing around the ground at the final whistle following the loss to the Reds.

But Allan remains impressed at the support Pompey continue to receive.

He added: ‘If the fans keep coming out to these games we’ve got a chance.

‘Fair play to them, they’ve seen some rubbish games but keep turning up.

‘It surprises me how they turn out every week. It’s tremendous to see. I can only really think of Rangers up in Glasgow where you would see that happen.

‘It’s brilliant from them.’