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Cowley: Feel The Connection

Boss excited about Fratton Return

4 August 2022

Danny Cowley
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Pompey excelled on home soil in the second half of last season, collecting goals and points by the bucketload.

So Danny Cowley wants to ensure the Fratton fun continues when supporters flock back to the south coast on Saturday.

His former club Lincoln are the visitors for the first piece of League One action on Portsea Island this season.

And the ability to forge strong bonds with the supporters was a key part of Cowley’s thinking during this summer’s recruitment drive.

The Blues boss said: “I can’t wait to get back to Fratton Park – we felt the connection last season and it grew stronger and stronger as the weeks unfolded.

“We won eight and drew two of the last 10 games and we know the influence that the supporters can have on our performance.

“We’ve spoken with the players about the power of Fratton Park and our supporters are unique in the way they can influence games.

“It's about energising them to help us because we know the way we want to play the game and it requires a lot of fuel that can be provided from the stands.

“Some of our younger players will not have experienced anything like playing at a sold out Fratton Park before.

“In our recruitment this summer we wanted to bring in people who had the qualities that can allow you to be successful in a Pompey shirt.

"We know the way we want to play the game and it requires a lot of fuel that can be provided from the stands."

Danny Cowley

“We know that the fans like us be high energy and play on the front foot, showing intensity, aggression and purpose.

“So we’ve been trying to add those things to the squad during the summer and also some more leadership in the group.”

Cowley enjoyed plenty of success in charge of Lincoln, securing National League and League Two titles, as well as EFL Trophy glory.

He said: “We’ll forever be appreciative of our time there and it will be nice to see some people who I class as friends.

“It’s a brilliant city and football club. Mark Kennedy has just gone in there and I’m sure he’s already aware of what a fantastic place it is to go to work every day.

“We only have good things to say about Lincoln, but come 3pm, we’ll be trying to get on the right side of the result.”

Clark Robertson missed last Saturday’s draw at Sheffield Wednesday with a foot problem, while Reeco Hackett continued his path back to full fitness by appearing from the bench.

Cowley said: “We’re hopeful that Clark will be available because we all know what he can bring to our side.

“Reeco started his pre-season later as he came back from injury and is a little bit further back from the rest of the group physically.

“But he’s trained really well this week and when I look at him, it really excites me. I believe he can be anything he wants to be.”


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