Hollands delight at his return to form

Danny Hollands on the ball for Pompey against Charlton at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands on the ball for Pompey against Charlton at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler

Danny Hollands admitted his Bournemouth nightmare drove him on to shine in Pompey’s final match of pre-season.

The midfielder turned in a magnificent display in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Charlton, capped by scoring and also striking the crossbar.

It was a blistering return to form for a player who admitted his high standards had fallen during the previous fixture against the Cherries.

Hollands was caught in possession to gift his ex-club a third goal in the 3-2 loss on Tuesday night during his 45 minutes on pitch.

And he revealed it was the disappointment he felt after the display that left him determined to make amends against the Addicks.

He said: ‘Against Bournemouth I got caught on the ball for one goal and maybe should have scored.

‘It’s about personal pride really, you have got to show standards.

‘I slipped below those on Tuesday which was a bit of a disappointment.

‘I felt on Saturday my standards had been upped again and I kept the ball a lot better, which was pleasing.

‘It’s never nice when you don’t perform how you should, so it made me more determined against Charlton.

‘In my career, I don’t think I have ever really been caught in possession like that which is a disappointment and a bit of a nightmare.

‘It’s something I won’t be doing again hopefully.

‘It was just a bit of frustration chasing the game and knowing I had 45 minutes to put in my work, maybe there were certain things I wouldn’t do usually.

‘To make it worse, I should have converted at the other end. It was a chance I should have been putting away.

‘To not do so made a couple of negative points with the game.

‘I was disappointed with myself. I am honest about it and have my standards.

‘I felt I dropped below them and all you can do is try to get your head together and get back to where you want to be.

‘Against Charlton I felt I put a few things right and it was nice to get on the scoresheet as well.’

Igor Vetokele opened the scoring against Pompey, only for Hollands to level four minutes later with a close-range header.

George Tucudean then restored Charlton’s lead on 25 minutes.

After the break, Hollands struck the bar, while substitute Paul Jones saved a penalty at the other end.

Hollands added: ‘I felt we deserved more out of the game than we got.

‘For my goal I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

‘It would have been harder to missed. I could have put it in with my nose, chest or anything but they all count.

‘For the other chance I was looking to drill it back across the keeper, it got a little nick and unfortunately hit the crossbar.’