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Blues Return To Fratton

Joe Gallen on the benefits of training at Pompey's home

20 June 2020

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Joe Gallen
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Pompey players are used to performing in front of packed crowds at a noisy and vibrant Fratton Park.

But that will not be the case in the first leg of their League One play-off match against Oxford next month, of course.

The coronavirus pandemic means that games at all levels are having to take place behind closed doors for the time being.

And the Blues squad got a taste of what awaits them on July 3 by heading to the ground for a training session.

Assistant manager Joe Gallen explained: “It’s a long time since we’ve been down here, having been at the training ground for the past few weeks.

“So we thought that it would be a good idea to come and familiarise ourselves with Fratton Park again.

“We’ve got a brilliant home record and we’re used to winning games here, so we’re hoping to maintain that.

"We thought that it would be a good idea to come and familiarise ourselves with Fratton Park again."

Joe Gallen

“We’ve been doing a lot of sessions, but there’s nothing quite like having a full 11v11 and we had our first friendly against Reading recently.

“There’s a fine line for us at the moment between working our players hard and not picking up any injuries.

“We have another game lined up for this weekend. No matter how much you do, though, you’re never quite ready for the real thing.”

Ronan Curtis has returned to full training after missing that match against Reading with a glute injury.

Gallen said: “We’re very pleased to see him back because he’s been having a really good season for us and provides a big goal threat.”


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