Martin Allen relishing Pompey return

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Former Pompey captain Martin Allen is relishing his return to Fratton Park.

The 50-year-old Barnet manager renews acquaintances with his former club as the Bees take on the Blues in League Two tomorrow.

Barnet boss Martin Allen ENGPPP00220131125190336

Barnet boss Martin Allen ENGPPP00220131125190336

Allen made 46 appearances for Pompey between 1995-97, scoring four goals, before being forced to retire through injury.

He admitted his return would be a ‘special’ occasion for him personally.

But the former midfielder said he would be going all out to silence the Fratton faithful.

‘It’s a fantastic stadium, full of history, and no doubt 15 or 16 thousand people will be there,’ said Allen.

‘It’ll be a great occasion for all of our players and staff, and of course myself as a former Portsmouth player and captain – it will be a special day for me personally.

‘However, once we get onto that bus on Saturday morning, and once the game gets going, it’ll be all guns blazing.’

Barnet sit 21st in the league table on four points, having lost four of their first six games on their return to the Football League.

That’s eight points behind Paul Cook’s side, who occupy fifth place.

But Allen is backing his troops, and felt the Bees were unlucky to suffer a 3-2 defeat to Carlisle United last time out.

‘Having reviewed the DVD of the game, I think it was very harsh that we suffered defeat there.

‘Of course there are some things that we could have done better, but the overall passion, desire, and general play from our team has been good.

‘There is always room for improvement – we just need to improve in a few little areas, keep believing in our players and we can do well.

‘With regards to Portsmouth, they haven’t lost a game all season and they’ve got some very good players.

‘They’ve virtually rebuilt and brought in a whole new team, recruiting from the lower leagues.

‘They’ve also got a fantastic manager in Paul Cook.

‘He won the championship in League Two with Chesterfield, and you must be a good manager to win a championship of course.’