Halford: Our team spirit has never been stronger

120497-529_BLACKPOOL_POMPEY_SR_11/2/12'Action from Blackpool vs Pompey at Bloomfield Road.'Jason Pearce talking with Greg Halford.''Picture:Steve Reid (120497-529)
120497-529_BLACKPOOL_POMPEY_SR_11/2/12'Action from Blackpool vs Pompey at Bloomfield Road.'Jason Pearce talking with Greg Halford.''Picture:Steve Reid (120497-529)
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Greg Halford has fought through administration before and battled against the threat of liquidation with Pompey.

But he believes the Blues’ team spirit has never been stronger than during the current financial crisis at Fratton Park.

The club yesterday made an application to the High Court to go into administration in light of their continuing financial crisis.

These remain dark, dark days for everyone connected with Portsmouth Football Club.

Off the field, the never-say-die spirit shines brightly among the Fratton faithful.

On the pitch, Michael Appleton’s players remain defiant, producing unquestionably committed performances.

The sight of them hurling their shirts into the away section at Bloomfield Road following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Blackpool was a poignant one.

A gesture of togetherness in the trenches.

Halford initially joined Pompey last season on loan when the club were in administration.

He was also present that fateful weekend at Hull in October 2010 when fans were told liquidation was on its way.

Team spirit dragged the players through such perilous moments.

But he believes the bond among the current squad surpasses even that.

He said: ‘We will continue to fight, that will always happen.

‘The team spirit we have is second to none.

‘I thought it was good last year when I was here – but this year is just on a different level.

‘I don’t know why. I suppose it is because of the position we are in.

‘We went through it a little bit last year when we went to Hull, and all the rumours we had gone into liquidation and everything like that.

‘But just this year is amazing. We seem even stronger as a group.

‘Perhaps it is because we haven’t got any loan players so it makes it more of a tight-knit squad.

‘It’s difficult to put your finger on, really.

‘We can’t think about wages at the minute, it’s not down to us.

‘All we can do is go out on a Saturday or Tuesday night and get as many points as we can and as many goals as we can and try to please the fans.

‘Until those upstairs figure what happens, we’ll just keep on playing football.’

Pompey impressed in front of the Sky cameras at Blackpool on Saturday night.

Stephen Crainey scored a late goal from a superbly- struck free-kick to cancel out Erik Huseklepp’s first-half opener.

In truth, Huseklepp could have had a hat-trick and, ultimately, the Blues were made to pay for such profligacy in front of the home goal.

For Halford, the result was particularly galling.

He was adjudged to have fouled Alex Baptiste for the second-half free-kick Crainey netted from.

It was a moment he disputes.

And he’s hoping for kinder fortune against Ipswich tonight.

Halford added: ‘It was soul destroying for me because it was my fault for giving away the free-kick which they scored from.

‘If I didn’t give that away we would have picked up three points. That’s the way it goes sometimes.

‘It’s so disheartening when he (the referee) gives such a soft free-kick like that.

‘I have gone to the ball, gone to block the shot, cross, whatever he was trying to do – I don’t think he knew himself what he was trying to do.

‘He has followed through on to my leg and the referee has heard some kind of contact and given a free-kick against me.

‘It just wasn’t a free kick.

‘I spoke to the referee when he gave it and he said: “I heard it, that’s why I gave it”.

‘It was probably a fair result but the manner in which they scored the goal left me devastated.

‘Now we’ve got Ipswich for what should be a packed Fratton Park tonight.

‘They are not on a great run at the minute but it will be a tough game.

‘I’m looking forward to playing at Fratton. We haven’t been there for a while.’