Pompey midfielder silences cyber critics

David Connolly, left, congratulates a relieved Jed Wallace after his goal against Morecambe. Picture: Joe Pepler
David Connolly, left, congratulates a relieved Jed Wallace after his goal against Morecambe. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace silenced the online knockers and admitted: My resolve has been tested.

The midfielder has thanked Pompey fans and Guy Whittingham for showing faith in him in after he sunk Morecambe.

Wallace scored the opener and delivered an all-action performance as his side picked up their first win of the season on Saturday.

The 3-0 success at Fratton Park kickstarted the Blues’ campaign as they put the Shrimps to the sword with a devastating first-half display.

Wallace was at the heart of that after enduring a difficult opening to the season.

The 19-year-old’s form this term has yet to hit the highs of his breakthrough last campaign.

Wallace has also found himself subjected to abuse on Twitter in a difficult period.

He admitted it has been a tough time for him – but the support he has received has carried him through it.

Wallace said: ‘The manager has shown faith in me and I hope I’ve repaid some of that by getting on the scoresheet.

‘I have not had the best of times in the first few games.

‘I’ve never been so relieved when the ball hit the back of the net.

‘People know I’m confident but the last couple of weeks have tested me.

‘People know there were some Twitter messages but I’ve also had about 500 saying “calm down, you are only young”.

‘Twitter can be a great tool but sometimes you have to put up with things. But I had hundreds of good messages for every one that was bad.

‘I just block them. The block button is getting some use. I think it’s broken!

‘A lot of the younger generation are used to Premier League players here.

‘I’m not a Premier League player and nor is anyone else here.

‘If you are going to compare me to Kevin Prince Boateng, I’m not surprised I’m getting abuse!

‘But I appreciate all the support I have had.

‘People may think I’m above myself but that’s not the case at all.

‘I would probably get beaten up by my dad if that was the case! I’m not one to be like that.

‘A lot of people have told me to stick at it and it will come.

‘You don’t start doubting yourself but you train right and do the right things, so it’s frustrating when things don’t come off for you.

‘I just felt like I needed something to bounce in off my knee to give me a boost.

‘I’m just glad people have stuck by me. Hopefully now I can push on.’

Wallace underlined his commitment to Pompey with discussions over his future taking place.

He doesn’t see a situation arising where he will not ink a new deal.

Wallace said: ‘I’m in talks and we both know what we want.

‘I need to focus on my football and then everything else can deal with itself.

‘The club want me and I want to be here.

‘I’ve spoken briefly about it and when I get around to it I will sign.’