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Gallen: Confidence Is High

Assistant manager looks ahead to Lincoln test

27 January 2020

Kenny Jackett and Joe Gallen
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey can approach a hectic stage of the season with plenty of belief.

Cup progress means that the Blues have plenty of games coming up, with midweek fixtures aplenty to negotiate.

One of them takes place this Tuesday, with a trip to face a Lincoln side who currently sit 12th in the League One standings.

And after a fine performance to defeat Barnsley in the FA Cup at the weekend, Joe Gallen insists that confidence is coursing through the camp.

Pompey’s assistant manager said: “We look at the league table and there are some games in hand for us – a lot of which are at home, which is a positive.

“There’s plenty of belief around the squad at the moment and also from the supporters. The momentum is building and we need to keep going.

“The cup games are great, but we need to play just as well on Tuesday night and then again against Sunderland.

"There’s plenty of belief around the squad at the moment and also from the supporters."

Joe Gallen

“I’ve not been to Lincoln since I was playing for Shrewsbury – which is a long time ago! I haven’t been there as a coach or observer.

“We’ve been watching a lot of their matches and working things out because they’ve beaten Sunderland and Ipswich there.

“I think there will be a big atmosphere against Pompey and we’re looking forward to the game because we’re in good form.

“Our aim is to go there, play well and win, but we know it’s going to be tough against a side who are on the up.”

Andy Cannon produced arguably his strongest performance of the season as the Tykes were dumped out of the cup.

Gallen said: “He’s played quite a lot of games recently and always made a really big impact, but I think it’s fair to say that Saturday was his best yet.

“We’re very pleased and it helps us to have three out-and-out midfielders. He’s got a lot of ability on the ball.

“But now it’s on to the next game and he needs to maintain those performance levels because we do have a few candidates in that role.”

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