Pompey defender hails return of fortress Fratton

Gabor Gyepes. Picture: Sarah Standing (13824-5599)
Gabor Gyepes. Picture: Sarah Standing (13824-5599)
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Gabor Gyepes has warned Tranmere: Fortress Fratton is back.

The Blues welcome Ronnie Moore’s promotion chasers to Fratton Park for today’s Bank Holiday Monday clash.

And they take on Rovers in confident mood as they end the season in fast-improving form.

Pompey have suffered just one defeat in seven games going into the meeting.

Improved home form has been a key factor in that run, with Guy Whittingham’s men unbeaten on their own patch for two months.

Gyepes has underlined the upbeat mood his team are in going into the campaign’s finale.

And the 31-year-old feels they can now give any side a real challenge in front of their home fans.

‘We are showing confidence as things are,’ said Gyepes.

‘Maybe things have not always gone for us this season with all the problems.

‘But we feel we are finishing the season strongly.

‘The results at home have been much better for us and we have our fans to back us.

‘As I have said before, we feel we can play any side at home.

‘Things are so different from how they were earlier in the season.

‘Fratton Park is a hard place for teams to come.

‘We are not playing like a team at the bottom of the league.

‘And Tranmere will see that today.

‘We feel our ground is a fortress now.’

Gyepes is adamant this side could have hauled themselves out of trouble if they had come together earlier in the season.

The Hungarian believes escaping the drop would have been achievable – even with a 10 point deduction – if that had happened at the end of last year.

League One survival now looks out of the equation but Gyepes knows Pompey are expected to go down fighting.

He said: ‘The only problem now is the season is finishing.

‘If it was December I think we would have stayed up, even with minus 10 points. Things are happening behind the scenes but we are enjoying our football and playing with confidence.

‘Despite the table, we are happy as a club.

‘We know what will happen this season.

‘But if we keep going and do our job as good as possible, we can keep our chin up.

‘The fans will be proud of us because they can see what we do for them and ourselves.

‘I think if we can win games over the last five matches they will say thank you to us.

‘They know it’s hard here at the moment.

‘But they know we can work together and do well for this club for the future.’