Hollands: Role change has affected goals return

Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler

Danny Hollands believes his adapted role has affected his Pompey goals return this season.

The midfielder enjoyed an outstanding purple patch in front of goal after initially joining on loan last season – notching five goals in seven games and scoring a hat-trick in the final game of the 2013-14 campaign.

But it’s been a different story this term, with just two goals in 33 appearances so far.

While Hollands feels more defensive duties have limited his attacking opportunities, he insists he has no issue with the positional switch and is determined to add to his goal haul over the coming weeks.

Hollands said: ‘It’s been a bit of an up and down season – not just for myself, but for everyone.

‘We’ve changed formation and there have been a few different bits and bobs.

‘Personally, I would like to have a few more goals on the board than I have.

‘Some performances have been good and some haven’t been as good as I would have liked them to be.

‘Some of the time I have gone on to the pitch wanting to play a bit further forward or whatever.

‘But the manager makes the decisions and I’m just happy to be on the pitch playing.

‘I will always try to do my bit for the team and now we are starting to push on.

‘I’m enjoying it and hopefully I can grab a few more goals along the way.

‘There are different roles for different games but I definitely want to add more goals. We shall see.’

The 29-year-old joined the club on a permanent basis in the summer and Blues fans were hoping he would be able to continue his rich goalscoring form. But Hollands admits it is not as simple as that.

He said: ‘It’s tough to follow that kind of form.

‘And it can create a bit of expectation on you.

‘But for any footballer at any standard, if you have a purple patch like that, it’s great.

‘Hopefully I can grab a few more goals because that is certainly a target.

‘Playing 3-5-2 with myself and Dunney (James Dunne) in there and Jed (Wallace) has more of a free role.

‘It is a bit more defensive for me and Dunney but we have got to make the team tick.

‘One of us can break forward into the box but it’s not always that easy.

‘There have been a lot of miles covered and sometimes you just can’t make it to the box.

‘You have to sit back and pick up the second balls.’

And while a few more goals from other departments would ease the burden on Wallace, Hollands is prepared to do whatever it takes to continue the recent revival.

He added: ‘As long as Portsmouth Football Club are winning games and we are pushing up the table, that is my main concern.

‘I go on the pitch and try to do my bit. If I can play well and contribute, I am more than happy.’