Hollands: My goal confidence is back

Danny Hollands Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands Picture: Joe Pepler
Joe Hancott in action for Pompey Reserves against Southend. Picture: Colin Farmery

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IN-FORM Danny Hollands targeted a goalscoring run for Pompey and admitted: My confidence is back.

Hollands spoke of his relief at feeling he is contributing to the Blues’ cause once again.

Now the midfielder wants a return to his free-scoring form of last season, after finally getting back on the goal trail.

The former Charlton man has bagged two goals on the bounce after a frustrating 17-game spell without scoring this season.

That follows five strikes in five games at the end of the last campaign, which marked him out as an attacking threat from midfield.

Hollands spared Pompey’s blushes in the 2-2 FA Cup draw with Aldershot with his 81st-minute equaliser.

He was one of the few home players to emerge with any credit from that game.

The 29-year-old is fully aware of his duties to his side, and knows that is as much about defending as attacking.

Hollands is remaining coy on the goal target he is aiming for this season.

But he feels he is now providing the kind of form and threat he is capable of.

‘I want to do my bit for the team,’ said Hollands.

‘That means defending as well as attacking and putting the ball into the back of the net.

‘Everyone has to do their part. As long as I get to the tally I’m aiming for I’ll be happy. I’d take me not scoring and the team getting three points any day of the week, though.

‘When you go on the pitch you want to do your bit for the team. I’m happy people feel that’s the case.

‘I had no problems thinking I would get to my tally.

‘I’m a long way away from it at the moment, but I feel more confident in front of goal.

‘When you get a couple you hope a few more will come. I’m hoping that will still happen.

‘Two in two is not a bad start, so hopefully I can continue making runs forward and put the ball in when I get the chance.

‘I have to do the other side of the game as well.

‘I have to remain confident I can get to my own tally and do my bit for the team.’

Hollands has little doubt he has benefited from Pompey’s switch to a 4-4-2 formation in recent weeks.

That has been the case for the past four games since the 3-0 defeat at Bury last month.

Hollands feels that formation allows him better opportunities to get into goalscoring positions.

He said: ‘As a central midfielder, when you play 4-4-2, you have someone outside you and it gives one of you licence to get into the box. That helps.

‘It’s nice to be playing in a 4-4-2 but it’s obviously the manager’s choice the way he wants to go.

‘He wants to do what’s best for the team and, if I’m playing, I’m happy to do whatever.

‘The main thing is being on the pitch and then, whatever role I do, I’ll try to do that to the best of my ability.’