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Record Books Don't Interest Gallen

Assistant manager looks ahead to Doncaster test

23 August 2018

Joe Gallen
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey’s impressive start to the season has seen fans rush to consult the history books.

Kenny Jackett’s side have won the opening four league games of the current campaign and will look to make it five when they visit Doncaster at the weekend.

The Blues have only managed that on one previous occasion – back in 1979/80 when they went on to secure Division Four promotion.

But Joe Gallen is not getting carried away by all the excitement and is simply focusing on Saturday’s Keepmoat Stadium contest.

Pompey’s assistant manager said: “It’s not something I would pay too much attention to – for us it’s just the next game.

“I don’t want to dampen things, but in a 46-game season you don’t really look at the first four being a start.

“If you’re still doing well after 10 then you might read into it at it a bit more, but it’s just too early at the moment.

"I don’t want to dampen things, but in a 46-game season you don’t really look at the first four being a start."

Joe Gallen

“It’s great that the fans are enjoying it, though, because the ones we’ve got here at Pompey are second to none.

“I know that’s easy to say, but I really do mean it. They’re a phenomenal bunch and have been great ever since we’ve been here.

“You can feel that bond developing between them and the players and that’s a really good sign for the future.

“I understand that they’re getting excited and I do think that our squad has improved from last season. I believe we’re better technically and are also a bit stronger.

“We finished eighth then and we’ve added some names, so I do feel that we can improve on what we did.”

Doncaster began the season with back-to-back victories, but have collected a single point from the past two fixtures.

Gallen said: “We made a bad start there last season. We went two goals down early on and it was a tall order to recover from that.

“So we’ll have to get the basics right, but we obviously go there full of confidence and will hopefully see another good performance.”

Pompey do not have many injury problems going into the game, with Dion Donohue the only player unavailable against Rovers.

Gallen said: “Dion didn’t join the actual training, but was out there running. He’ll be back with the rest of the boys next week.”

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