Whittingham: We’ve followed the fans’ example

Gabor Gyepes celebrates his goal. Picture: Steve Reid (123963-971)
Gabor Gyepes celebrates his goal. Picture: Steve Reid (123963-971)

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Guy Whittingham reveal-ed his Pompey players have taken a leaf out of the fans’ book and declared: Our spirit is back.

The caretaker Blues boss saw his side twice fall behind at League One leaders Tranmere Rovers but then hit back to scrap for a 2-2 draw.

While questions have been asked of the team’s character in recent times, there was no doubting the fighting spirit at Prenton Park.

And they were backed to the hilt by another large vocal following who made the long trek north.

Whittingham said: ‘Let’s face it, we needed a bit of the spirit the fans have shown.

‘They came up in their numbers and they were excellent again.

‘When you look at the hard times we have had – to be averaging about 12,000 for every game and to get a good away following again, the lads are seeing that.

‘They realise the spirit the fans are showing will do the players well on the pitch.

‘They can show the same thing. So it’s pleasing when we have gone behind twice, we have come back.

‘It shows the players are up for the battle ahead.

‘It was summed up for me when Jake (Jervis) scored his goal. The substitutes were all sprinting up the line to congratulate him.

‘That really shows there is a spirit building here.’

Pompey are now unbeaten in two matches, although they have not tasted victory since a 3-1 win over Shrewsbury nine games ago.

And Whittingham is keen to see the revival continue next weekend.

‘If we get a victory against Preston next weekend, you could look back and say that this is the foundation for us,’ he said.

‘It’s okay coming away and getting draws but would we have preferred one win and one defeat because we’d have got one more point?

‘Having said that, we’ve come back from goals down in both games, so we’re pleased with that.

‘It’s a point and it’s a good point.

‘It will be a great point if we win our home game against Preston next week.’

Whittingham also admitted everyone at the club will be watching events at the High Court closely this week. With a valuation for Fratton Park set to be determined on Thursday and Friday, the Portsmouth Supporters Trust could take a giant step towards completing their proposed takeover.

He said: ‘It’s the biggest thing on our mind.

‘We will be concentrating on the game at the weekend first and foremost but we will have in mind what is going on there.

‘We will get on with the football side of things because we can’t control anything.

‘It will be a relief when it’s over.

‘We’re hoping that the end game is very close and then we can start planning properly.

‘But who knows what is going to happen?’