Fortress Fratton key to promotion hopes

Jed Wallace
Jed Wallace

JED WALLACE has hailed the return of Fortress Fratton.

Pompey face Wycombe at Fratton Park on Saturday looking to improve strong home form.

The Blues put Dagenham & Redbridge to the sword on Tuesday night as they picked up a 3-0 League Two success.

Andy Awford’s side have lost just one of the eight games played on their own patch since he came into the manager’s job at the end of March.

Wallace has been pleased with that run, and feels reproducing that over the rest of the campaign will go a long way to ensuring Pompey are in the promotion shake-up next May.

‘Our home form is going to be important,’ said Wallace.

‘If we can get a little bit more solid away from home and then pick the majority of points at home, we’ll be in a strong position come May.

‘Fratton Park is where you want to play your football.

‘It’s been great here for the last load of games, with the exception of the Newport County game.

‘Our home form has been pretty good apart from that.

‘Long may that continue.’

Wallace knows teams will still view a trip to Fratton Park as a big occasion over the coming months.

That was clear last season as visiting sides raised their games and Pompey often struggled to cope.

The midfielder feels the Blues are now coping better with that scenario.

Wycombe will no doubt be fired up for the occasion tomorrow, and arrive in strong form after a promising start to the season.

The Chairboys are unbeaten in five and snared a 2-2 draw at Fratton last season – with a stoppage-time leveller.

Wallace knows it may be a case of winning ugly at times on home soil.

He added: ‘You can’t look at any game and expect to get three points.

‘Teams play so much better than what they normally do when they come here.

‘As you’ve seen in every league, it happens to the big clubs in that division.

‘We’re looking forward to tomorrow. It’s a game we feel we can win. We feel that with every game with the players we’ve got.

‘There will be times when we have to dig in and it’s isn’t going to be fun.

‘It may not be nice for those on the pitch or in the stands, but we have to dig in and get the three points.

‘In football, that’s what is important. ‘If we can do that here we give ourselves a chance on the road.’