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Gallen: We Miss Fratton Faithful

Assistant manager looks ahead to Plymouth test

4 February 2021

Joe Gallen
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Joe Gallen believes Pompey’s results so far this season prove how much they are missing the Fratton faithful.

Supporters have been allowed into the ground on just two occasions, with 2,000 present to watch December’s clashes with Peterborough and Fleetwood.

It is perhaps the reason why away form has been so much better, with just one defeat on the road compared to five on home soil.

And Gallen hopes the Blues can put that right when an in-form Plymouth side head to Portsea Island this weekend.

Pompey’s assistant manager said: “It was a very good result and performance for us against a quality Charlton side earlier in the week.

“That was pleasing after two successive losses and so now we’re very much looking forward to facing Plymouth.

"We’re very much victims of that and of course we’re missing our supporters and the atmosphere they create."

Joe Gallen

“It’s hindering most home teams to not have any fans inside the ground – it certainly seems to have levelled the playing field.

“We’re very much victims of that and of course we’re missing our supporters and the atmosphere they create.

“But it’s something you’ve got to deal with and if we can fix it for this Saturday than that would be a great tonic for us.”

Plymouth have yet to lose a league match in 2021 and have beaten Sunderland and Swindon in their past two away fixtures.

Gallen said: “They’ve got some top players and we know that Luke Jephcott, for example, is having a strong season. His movement in the box is exceptional.

“He’s certainly one for us to watch out for, but they’ve got a clear identity throughout the side and I don’t see it being anything other than a tough game for us.”

Pompey have no new injury concerns ahead of Argyle’s visit, although Jack Whatmough remains suspended.

Gallen said: “Paul Downing and Alex Bass are both out, but Ben Close is back training and had a full session, so he’ll be available for selection.”

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