Kyle Bennett expects Pompey to get stronger

Kyle Bennett Picture: Joe Pepler
Kyle Bennett Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Clarke scores Pompey's winner against Bury Picture: Joe Pepler

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Kyle Bennett assessed Pompey’s first half of the campaign and insisted: We will get stronger.

The Blues have made a positive start to their League Two promotion bid, with two games to go before they hit the midway point of the season.

I think we will turn a few of those draws into wins in the second half of the season

Kyle Bennett

After Saturday’s trip to Northampton, Paul Cook’s side face a visit to Leyton Orient on Boxing Day.

Although there have been perhaps too many draws, there have been just two defeats so far this term.

And the Pompey winger believes that represents the ideal platform to mount a second-half assault on the automatic promotion places.

Bennett said: ‘We are 21 games in and we’ve only lost twice.

‘It’s a brand new team and I think it’s a good achievement to be in this position.

‘But it’s not where we want to be. We are looking up and we are looking to the future.

‘There are a few games where we ended up with draws.

‘I think we will turn a few of those draws into wins in the second half of the season.

‘We’ve still got some key players to come back, in people like Gary Roberts and Matt Tubbs.

‘So I think we will get stronger and stronger.’

Bennett was playing his part in Pompey’s annual visit to QA hospital as the entire first-team squad and coaching staff handed out presents to patients.

The players and staff split into groups to meet both young and elderly patients.

But Bennett admitted it had brought a few things home to him.

He said: ‘You come to places like this and you realise how lucky you are.

‘I’ve got a healthy child and it just makes you appreciate everything you’ve got.

‘Some of the children we met will be here over Christmas, which is obviously so tough for them and their families.

‘It’s a humbling experience but it’s nice to try to put a smile on a few faces.

‘It’s only a small gesture in terms of what they are going through, but it was just nice to meet these people and hand out a few little gifts.

‘There were a lot of Pompey fans and you see how closely the club is connected to the city and the area.’

– STEVE WILSON