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 Â
The Blues are to kick off the 2018-19 campaign by hosting Luton on Saturday, August 8.
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:Â '˜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 '“Â and it's also good to be up against one of the fancied teams in the league.
'˜Luton areÂ a big club,Â historically they have been in divisions higher than even League One, so I think it's going to be aÂ big game with two good teams possessingÂ 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,Â two big clubs playing each other and a good indication of where we are early on.'Â