Goal hero thrilled with Morecambe contribution
He bagged five goals in his debut campaign in the senior side last year.
And it has not taken Jed Wallace long to open his 2013/14 account, netting in Pompey’s 3-0 victory over Morecambe.
The teenage midfielder opened the scoring with a cool finish and also teed-up David Connolly for the Blues’ second.
And Wallace was delighted to make such a big contribution to Pompey’s first victory of the season.
He said: “I just had to believe in myself. I got a good first touch and I can’t explain how happy I was when I saw the ball go in.
“I just started jumping up and down and I had to calm myself down for about five minutes afterwards. It was a big relief for me.
“The result means a lot to me – just as it does to the other players.
“We played well in the first half against Oxford and had more than 20 shots up at Accrington, so we knew we just had to keep at it.
“We’ve got players like Ricky Holmes and Tom Craddock coming off the bench and I think the players we’ve got going forward would be good in League One.
“I think we will score goals in this league and we also looked a lot more solid at the back.”
Wallace believes he now has to maintain a high standard if he wants to keep his place in the side.
He said: “When the goal went in I thought ‘phew’ – now I might be able to stay in the team!
“But, seriously, everyone saw what we were capable of at Accrington and training went up another level during the week. There are a lot of good players here.”