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Harrison: A Different Experience

Striker preparing for play-off clash at an empty Fratton Park

29 June 2020

Next week’s play-off meeting with Oxford is going to be an unusual experience for the Pompey side.

For a start they will have to do without the usual passionate backing from the Fratton faithful, as football continues to take place behind closed doors.

Then there is the small matter of competitive action at the start of July, when players would normally be returning for the start of pre-season training.

With a place in the Championship at stake, however, Ellis Harrison knows the Blues will have to adapt quickly.

The striker said: “We’re used to having around 17,000 fans backing us, so of course it’s going to be different.

“They get right behind the team and can give you an extra boost when you’re perhaps starting to tire a bit.

"We’re used to having around 17,000 fans backing us, so of course it’s going to be different."

Ellis Harrison

“There are also some moments when they’re not so happy with us, but that’s usually because we deserve it!

“It’ll probably affect us more than the other sides in the play-offs who don’t have that level of support.

“But when the final whistle blows after the second leg, we definitely don’t want to be making any excuses.

“It’s the same with the conditions. It doesn’t matter if it’s really hot or there’s torrential rain – you just get on with it.

“Everyone wants to go to Wembley for the chance to win promotion, so we need to go out there and make sure the job gets done.

“The play-offs are often really tight contests and it’s about who’s better on the day. We have to ensure it’s us.”

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