Lualua: You can be heroes

Lomana Tresor LuaLua, Blackpool
Lomana Tresor LuaLua, Blackpool
Stuart O'Keefe. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey midfielder will relish facing former club

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Pompey’s players have been challenged to write themselves into folklore by triumphing over Southampton.

That is the message from Lomana Lualua, whose star turn six-and-a-half years ago will never be forgotten by Blues supporters.

The enigmatic forward was the Pompey hero in the last Fratton Park south coast derby in April 2005.

He scored twice and also won a penalty as Alain Perrin’s side raced into a 4-1 lead after just 27 minutes.

That scintillating cameo was brought to an untimely end a minute later when he limped out of the action with a hamstring injury.

But the damage had already been done by Lualua, who hopes to be watching from the stands when the sides lock horns on Sunday.

And he has urged those Pompey participants this time around not to waste the opportunity to etch their name into the club’s history books.

‘It was amazing,’ he said.

‘What a day. Just a perfect day.

‘It was great for us winning the game to set the record straight which team was the best team in the area.

‘The atmosphere was amazing and the players were really hyped up.

‘For me, living in the city and having been at the club so long, I knew how much it meant to the supporters.

‘I just wanted to play my part in making history and winning that game.

‘To be part of that history is very, very special.

‘The players have the chance to do that on Sunday and they should not waste it.

‘It is so precious.

‘I am so grateful I managed to be a success in such a special match.

‘It is in the top three games in my career and I would say was my best game for Portsmouth.

‘I lived in Port Solent and I knew the area.

‘I was always around Southsea and I knew how much that game meant to the supporters.

‘After that match everyone in the dressing room was buzzing and the city was buzzing.

‘What a game! I loved it and the fans loved it.

‘I wish I was playing in this game. This is what you look forward to.

‘The players out there need to make the most of it, they can achieve something special which will never be forgotten by the Portsmouth fans.’

Lualua scored 19 goals in 91 matches during a three-and-a-half year spell at Fratton Park.

He left in August 2007 for Greek side Olympiacos.

Spells in Qatar at Al-Arabi and Cyprus side Omonia followed before moving to current club Blackpool in October.

And he’s keeping his fingers crossed close friend Benjani can get him a ticket for Sunday.

He added: ‘Even though I have left, Portsmouth is still in my heart.

‘I think I might come down to watch it.

‘We (Blackpool) have a game on Saturday at home to Watford.

‘I am going to speak to Benji about getting me a ticket.

‘It will be great if he can, that’s still my team.’