Gallen relishing Pompey league start

Joe Gallen is delighted with both the opening-day venue and identity of the opposition following the release of Pompey's fixtures.   Â

Thursday, 21st June 2018, 6:40 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st June 2018, 7:43 pm
Pompey assistant manager Joe Gallen



The Blues are to kick off the 2018-19 campaign by hosting Luton on Saturday, August 8.

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Pompey assistant manager Joe Gallen

It's the sixth time in seven seasons Pompey have been handed a league curtain-raiser at Fratton Park '“ and fourth in a row.

And the assistant boss is looking forward to the clash.

Gallen said: '˜It is very nice to be at home, I must admit, mainly because I am pretty superstitious and last year we had a home game and won!

'˜That's the way I think '“ and it's also good to be up against one of the fancied teams in the league.

'˜Luton are a big club, historically they have been in divisions higher than even League One, so I think it's going to be a big game with two good teams possessing ambitions of doing well this year.

'˜It gives you an idea straightaway of where you are and Luton will have their eye on being in the top six I would have thought '“ and we have our eye on that as well.

'˜I think it's a good test for us, a good test for them, two big clubs playing each other and a good indication of where we are early on.'