Blues midfielder won’t be tamed by referees

Jonathan Hogg in action against Derby
Jonathan Hogg in action against Derby
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Fearless Jonathan Hogg is willing to rack up the bookings in a bid to fire Pompey up the Championship table.

The on-loan Aston Villa midfielder has impressed in his short time at Fratton Park with his tigerish tackling and willingness to scrap.

That approach earned him the man-of-the-match accolade in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Derby.

It also saw Hogg receive a second-half booking from referee Neil Swarbrick following one particular thunderous challenge.

It looked a harsh decision from the Preston official, prompting the home fans to chant ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’.

Not that it bothered Hogg, who refused to tone down his display.

And the combative 22-year-old has pledged to carry on tackling, regardless of retribution from referees.

Hogg said: ‘I do it for the team. I will tackle anything.

‘I won’t back out of anything.

‘When I received that yellow card on Saturday, I thought I got the ball.

I didn’t even think it was a foul, never mind a booking but the referee makes his decision.

‘I’m going to get bookings, I like to get among it and tackle and do the dirty work, you could say.

‘But I don’t mind getting a booking.’

Hogg has now been booked three times in 10 appearances this season.

Just one has come from his three Blues games since arriving last month.

Now he is looking to build on his recent encouraging displays.

Hogg, who is on loan at Pompey until the end of the season, added: ‘Once we got the ball down against Derby and passed it a bit I got involved in the game a lot more.

‘I think there is still better to come from me. It’s about getting settled.

‘I am getting used to the boys and the surroundings at the moment.

‘The more you play with them, the more confident you get, definitely.’