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Cowley: Fans Key To Fine Fratton Form

Boss looking for more home success against Gillingham

21 April 2022

Danny Cowley
Photo: Jason Brown

January 31 saw clubs frantically trying to tie up their final bits of transfer business before the window closed.

And it was also the date that saw Pompey beaten on home soil for the last time, with Charlton securing a narrow win.

Of the last 24 points available at Fratton Park, 20 of them have been snapped up and 22 goals netted in that time.

So Danny Cowley is keen to see that form continue during back-to-back south coast contests against Gillingham and Wigan.

The Blues boss said: “We’re the sixth highest scorers at home in the division this season, although obviously we’ve been less successful on the road.

“But our record at Fratton Park has been very good – we’ve won six and drawn two of the past eight games.

“We really enjoy playing there and our supporters have certainly played a massive part in that success.

“You compare it to the back end of last season when I first arrived and it’s a much better ground when you’ve got them right behind you.

“Lincoln had pegged us back to 2-2 last Friday and we were tired, but there was a collective will inside the stadium.

"We really enjoy playing there and our supporters have certainly played a massive part in that success."

Danny Cowley

“That enthusiasm and energy from the fans translated onto the pitch and allowed us to find that winning goal.

“So we do want to finish strongly here and now have two really good home matches to look forward to.

“We know that we’ll be up against a very physical, direct and motivated Gillingham team on Saturday and Neil Harris has done a great job since taking charge there.”

Both of the upcoming Fratton fixtures will be watched by directors Eric Eisner and Andy Redman, who have made the trip over from America.

Cowley said: “It will be the first time that we’ve met them in person, although we’ve obviously had numerous Zoom calls.

“They bring such an energy and we’re really grateful for all of the support that the owners have given us.

“The club has come through a pandemic and they've spent more than £11 million on Fratton Park, as well as buying the training ground.

“You cannot underestimate how important that is for the foundations of this football club. It gives us a platform to hopefully build success on.”

Joe Morrell could return to Pompey’s midfield against the Gills after recovering from the dead leg he suffered against Lincoln.

Cowley said: “We have a few bumps and bruises, which is natural at this time of year, but we’re hopeful that he will be fit and available.”

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