Hermann: We have to hit the ground running

Hermann Hreidarsson
Hermann Hreidarsson
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New boy’s bitter-sweet Pompey experience

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Hermann Hreidarsson has demanded Pompey avoid a repeat of the mistakes that cost them dear this season.

The Blues defender, who is in continuing talks over a new deal at Fratton Park, wants his team to learn from the shocking start to the 2010-11 campaign which proved so costly.

Hreidarsson feels there were a number of problems which combined to wreck the club’s hopes of making the top six.

The well-documented off-the-pitch troubles contributed to that, with Pompey remaining in administration until October.

Hreidarsson feels it was a satisfactory campaign given all the club had to endure, though.

But the 36-year-old believes the seven games without a win at the outset was a fundamental factor in their failure to enjoy a more successful season.

Hreidarsson said: ‘I suppose the season’s been okay. We can’t be too disappointed.

‘We aimed for the top six and the play-offs. That wasn’t to be, though.

‘Who is to blame? What is to blame? Maybe there are a few factors. At the end of the day, though, we didn’t pick up enough points.

‘From the start, the last two seasons have been a problem.

‘The first seven or eight games have killed us.

‘We were miles behind and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. If you have a good start it gives the whole club confidence.

‘The players and the fans are lifted by that. Everyone gets a boost from that and it gives everyone the belief to kick on.

‘We have fought back from our problems this season. We nearly didn’t have a club but had a great run in October.

‘We slipped away a little bit and then had another great run in February and March.

‘Overall, it hasn’t been too bad.’

Hreidarsson has underlined his desire to remain at Pompey, with his current deal at a close.

Talks have taken place over that but the Blues have branded his wage demands ‘unrealistic’ and stated they will not be met.

Hreidarsson, who battled back from a career-threatening Achilles injury to play 29 times for Steve Cotterill’s men this season, wants to continue at the club, though.

He would like to stay put and see the squad’s numbers swelled, with just nine players contracted for the new campaign at present.

Hreidarsson feels getting a competitive group together will help the Blues get the kind of start needed to sustain a positive season.

He said: ‘I want to stay and I hope everyone wants to move forward from here.

‘We all want the squad to be strengthened a little bit.

‘We have to have a go from the start – not into the season – but from the first game.

‘Bang. Start. That’s the way forward. As long as we get the players before the season starts we can do that.’