Connolly: Pompey play reaping rewards

David Connolly
David Connolly

David Connolly believes Pompey are playing their way into form as they seek to keep their slim survival hopes alive.

The Blues have lost only two of their past nine matches in an impressive turnaround.

Guy Whittingham’s reinvigorated side are producing performances and results to cheer the beleaguered Fratton faithful in the battle to stay up.

For Connolly, the improved run reflects a greater emphasis on passing the ball through the team.

It’s a style he believes is also currently bringing the best out of him and strike-partner Patrick Agyemang.

And the veteran striker has praised Whittingham’s influence.

He said: ‘I think if you are going to play with Patrick and me it’s no good lumping the ball in the air because we are just not going to be getting anywhere.

‘I would like to think over the past month or two we have actually passed the ball a lot better.

‘In fact, I know we have because a friend of mine came to a game two months ago. I hadn’t spoken to him since, then he went on Saturday (against Coventry) and said it was two completely different sides.

‘He was right. I think that is the case, we are playing better football and are seeing the results for that.

‘In every team there has to be some sort of focus point going forward, such as retaining the ball and getting your team up the pitch.

‘If we pass it like we are doing that works very well.

‘The gaffer and Andy (Awford) have put on some really good sessions for the team in their shape and how we should play and get the ball into the front.

‘A lot of the training we do is coming up in the matches now and things are looking a lot better.’