Jed’s joy at being spot on

Jed Wallace celebrates his goal. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace celebrates his goal. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Jed Wallace savoured 
his penalty joy in front of 
the Fratton end and admitted it had been a long time coming.

Wallace grabbed his fifth goal of the season with the killer second goal in last night’s 3-0 success over Dagenham & Redbridge.

The 20-year-old did the business from 12 yards after Matt Partridge pulled down Paul Robinson after 69 minutes.

That was the midfielder’s 18th senior goal since coming into the first-team picture at the start of last year.

But it’s been a long wait to do that in front of a partying Fratton end for Wallace.

He said: ‘It’s the first time I’ve scored in front of the Fratton end for a long time.

‘It might actually be the first time since my first goal in senior football.

‘It’s been 19 or 20 months now.

‘Let me tell you it’s the best feeling when you do that. I love it.

‘I want to be here and I want to be doing that regularly moving forward.

‘Hopefully I can be part of the club going places and help achieve that.’

Wallace’s spot-kick 
success last night follows him tucking away a penalty against AFC Bournemouth in pre-season.

He feels Pompey boss Andy Awford has shown confidence in his ability to handle pressure.

And the man who inked a new three-year deal in the summer is keen to repay that faith in him moving forward.

Wallace said: ‘I think I’m on penalties now.

‘I took one in pre-season and took one last night, so hopefully that can carry on.

‘The gaffer has put his trust in me and I appreciate that.

‘The heart was racing when I ran up in front of those fans but I was confident.’

– JORDAN CROSS