N’Gala: Home comforts key to promotion charge

Bondz N'Gala, right, celebrates at the final whistle with substitute Ryan Bird following the 1-0 home win against Bury on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
Bondz N'Gala, right, celebrates at the final whistle with substitute Ryan Bird following the 1-0 home win against Bury on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey's Brett Pitman celebrates after scoring his second goal in their 2-0 win at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

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Bondz N’Gala pinpointed the return of Fortress Fratton as key to Pompey’s bid to fire themselves into the promotion picture.

The Blues’ resurgent form has seen them pick up three wins and a draw since the York debacle last month.

That run continued with a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over Bury on Saturday – a victory that made it two wins on the bounce at home for Guy Whittingham’s side.

The meeting with the Shakers marked the start of a run of five league games at home in the next seven.

Wycombe arrive in town tonight ahead of further Fratton meetings with Exeter, Scunthorpe and Southend.

With Pompey now four points off the play-off places and seven points from the summit of League Two, N’Gala is targeting a push into the promotion reckoning.

And he believes continuing the home form will be critical in ensuring that happens.

N’Gala said: ‘We’re looking up the table now. It’s funny how a few wins can change things.

‘We’re unbeaten in four games.

‘Hopefully, we can leave a few behind now and push on up.

‘We have to be aiming for promotion.

‘We’re a massive club with massive ambitions.

‘The gaffer has assembled a squad to get promoted – and we believe in that.

‘We have a decent run of games coming up, with a few at home.

‘It seems to be going quite well.

‘We want to win every game and quite a few at home.

‘Our home form is going well now.

‘We feel we can beat every team in this division and have a great squad.

‘We have to show everyone else that.

‘Winning is a good habit, we’re on a run now – and have to make that continue.’

The 4-2 loss at York last month will be remembered as a low ebb this season.

But N’Gala is also hoping that the nightmare at Bootham Crescent will also be seen as the moment Pompey’s season changed.

The powerhouse defender, whose impressive return of three goals in the past three league games has been key to the Blues’ improved form, felt that bleak day gave the players the ‘kick up the backside’ they needed.

N’Gala promised there is a determination to avoid a return to that low moving forward this season.

Two clean sheets in three have arrived in the league, with just Yassin Moutaouakil’s costly error at Plymouth stopping it from being three in three.

That sees Pompey go into the Wycombe game tonight in confident mood.

N’Gala said: ‘We’re unbeaten in four, so we have to keep pushing on and keep it going.

‘York was a massive wake-up call. It was unacceptable.

‘Now we look back four games later and would like to say it’s a freak result.

‘It will not be repeated.

‘We’re looking more organised.

‘We’re doing well and it’s down to us to continue that.

‘It was a bad day, but sometimes you need a kick up the backside to liven you up. We’ve livened up as a team and we’re doing pretty well now.’