Palmer: Denying Pompey meant more

Mansfield equalise against Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
Mansfield equalise against Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Ollie Palmer helped deny his opponents their first away win of the season and admitted it meant more because it was Pompey.

Former Hawks striker Palmer came off the bench to play a key role in Mansfield’s leveller in Saturday’s 2-2 draw.

With 18 minutes left, Palmer battled to keep a ball on the pitch and looped it goalwards, which led to keeper Phil Smith colliding with Joe Devera and Bondz N’Gala before Lindon Meikle scored.

It was a wretched mistake which meant the difference between one point and three for Pompey.

Palmer remained coy about his part in the goal but admitted he enjoyed some banter with Pompey fans because of his family’s support for Southampton.

He said: ‘I’m not sure I can claim an assist for the equaliser but it was good to play a part in a goal for us for the second week on the trot.

‘I just plugged away to keep the ball in play and stuck it into the middle.

‘Luckily we ended up getting a goal out of it.

‘It meant that bit extra playing Portsmouth as they obviously have a special relationship with Havant & Waterlooville.

‘I’m not quite sure their fans were too pleased to see me, judging by some of the songs they were singing, but it’s all a bit of fun.

‘Portsmouth have great fans and it was good for us to get a point against a team like them.’

Despite seeing his side hold Guy Whittingham’s men, Palmer has little doubt the Blues have the sort of quality that will ensure they are contenders in League Two this season.

He believes there are players in the squad who belong at a higher level.

Palmer said: ‘Portsmouth will have a good season.

‘They’ve got a strong squad and quite a few of their players were in League One with them last season.

‘They will definitely be one of the better sides we will play.’