Fans assured Pompey will rise

Ricky Holmes. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ricky Holmes. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Ricky Holmes promised Pompey fans: We’ll be in the promotion shake-up.

The Blues attacker has moved to assure the Fratton faithful his team will be in the League Two honours hunt at the end of the season.

Pompey have undertaken a stuttering opening to the campaign in terms of results and currently sit 17th in the table.

The displays have warranted a greater return than the single win they have picked up from the opening six league fixtures.

Holmes remains confident results will soon be improving as a result of those displays.

The 26-year-old has plenty of campaigns in England’s fourth tier under his belt.

His experience tells him a side will often come up on the outside to gain promotion – and he reckons Pompey can be that outfit.

Holmes said: ‘We’ll get better and better as this season goes on.

‘I’ve been in this league a while and I know it’s not the team at the top early on who usually sit there.

‘It’s normally the side who come from the depths who end up right up there.

‘We are six games in, so I don’t think it’s twitchy-bum time just yet.

‘We will keep doing what we are doing and those draws we’ve had will turn into wins as the season goes on.

‘We’ll be up there – I can tell the fans that.

‘If they keep getting behind us that will be a huge bonus.’

Holmes has started the Blues’ past three games as his side go to Burton this weekend.

That has see him build momentum after a niggly foot injury in pre-season.

He has been used both out wide and in an attacking role behind a lone striker.

Holmes has found himself up against Jed Wallace for much of the season when it comes to starting on the right flank.

But he insisted their relationship is a good one – and underlined he has the versatility to be used in a number of roles.

Holmes said: ‘There are rivalries all over the place.

‘I’ve only played on the wing for about six months of last season.

‘I always played in behind a striker before that but me and Jed are fine. It’s a squad that gets you over the line in this league not individuals.

‘Some players don’t give other players respect if they are in their position.

‘Me and Jed have a good understanding.

‘We know we are fighting for the place but so is Barch.

‘We can both play on the left.

‘When I’ve played wide it’s always been on the left.

‘But Barch has been flying and in great form, so he’s kept his place.

‘I’ve come into the team and Jed is a young lad.

‘He’s my protégé. That’s what he calls himself.

‘He’s a good kid who will go on to bigger and better things – hopefully with Portsmouth

‘He has a bright future.’