Pompey defender calls for fans’ backing

Greg Halford, right, and Hull's Aaron McLean
Greg Halford, right, and Hull's Aaron McLean
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Greg Halford told Pompey fans: We need you with us.

The Blues central defender pinpointed the Fratton faithful’s backing as a key factor in their next two fixtures.

Blackpool and Peterborough both come to Fratton Park in the space of three days in what is shaping into a key period.

Steve Cotterill’s men need to get back on track after a poor performance at Hull last weekend.

Halford insisted there will be no nerves playing in front of home supporters after a run of a single win from eight games this season.

The 26-year-old knows his team need supporters to be squarely behind them as they aim to get their campaign firing.

Halford said: ‘In training we said we were looking for two wins and a draw from the next three games before Hull.

‘That goes out of the window now but we can go out and play our two home games and get two wins.

‘We need to win those games and win them well.

‘The fans are going to be massive.

‘They stay with us and never stop.

‘They were there at Hull backing us and back at Fratton Park we are going to need them with us.

‘We need them as loud as possible and intimidating the opposition.

‘Hopefully we can use that to our advantage and get a couple of wins.

‘We’re still comfortable in front of our fans and going out on the pitch in front of them. There’s nothing better.’

Halford confessed he is at a loss to explain why Pompey’s form is varying so much.

The largely-weak Hull display followed a gutsy effort which warranted a return at West Ham.

Some promising performances have arrived in the league but they have sandwiched an embarrassing Carling Cup exit against League Two Barnet.

Halford dismissed fortune as a factor and underlined his belief Pompey need to start dealing with second balls better.

He said: ‘I don’t think we’re short on luck. You create your own luck.

‘We were unfortunate last week. We looked like we were going to win before the red card.

‘Maybe that was unlucky but there were no complaints about Hull.

‘We’re so inconsistent it’s a joke.

‘I can’t put my finger on it, the players can’t put their fingers on it and the manager can’t put his finger on why it is.

‘I don’t know what to say about it.

‘The lack of consistency is our downfall.

‘We aren’t working hard enough off the ball and second balls are a problem.

‘We are trying to work on it in training but too many people switch off.’