Pompey fired up to right their Barnet wrongs

David Norris in action against Barnet. Picture: Steve Reid (112832-103)
David Norris in action against Barnet. Picture: Steve Reid (112832-103)
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David Norris has challenged Pompey to bury the ghost of Barnet in tomorrow’s south coast showdown.

The Blues midfielder believes his team are fired up to right the wrongs of Tuesday’s Carling Cup defeat when they face Brighton.

Norris is expecting a charged-up Fratton Park for his home league debut following his arrival from Ipswich.

It promises to be a fiery atmosphere for the clash following the FA Cup meeting between the two sides in January.

That match was full of needle as Brighton ran out 3-1 winners after Dave Kitson was sent off early on.

Putting the Barnet result firmly in the past with a first Championship maximum is what Norris is focusing on now.

He revealed the Pompey players did some soul searching in the wake of the defeat.

Now it’s about burying that result and lifting off in the league.

Norris said: ‘We were bitterly disappointed after Barnet.

‘We’ve all been home, had a look at ourselves and realised we weren’t good enough.

‘Hopefully we can change that around against Brighton.

‘We got things out there after the game.

‘If we can win against Brighton we can look back at Barnet as a blip.

‘Then we can kick on and get that out of our system.

‘It’s a great game to try to turn it around.

‘There will be a good crowd and we want to get a good result for them.

‘I’m looking forward to seeing the atmosphere.

‘Despite the Barnet game, I’m sure the fans will be right behind us come the game.

‘It’s up to us to give them something to be pleased about when they go home.’

Brighton will arrive at Fratton Park in buoyant mood after getting a winning start to their Championship campaign under their belts against Doncaster.

That comes off the back of Gus Poyet’s men romping to the League One title last season.

Norris knows his side will be taking on an outfit who are full of confidence and momentum.

But the 30-year-old feels it’s about Pompey performing to the levels they are capable of.

It that happens, he is certain there is only going to be one winner.

Norris said: ‘The teams who do come up go on a bit of a decent run because of their promotion.

‘I’m sure they’ll be flying and it will be up to us to stop them.

‘They have a great manager and they’ve done well to keep him there.

‘He’s got them promoted, they have a new stadium and they’ll come here full of confidence.

‘It will be more down to what we do, though, to whether we win the game.’

Norris is looking forward to experiencing a close-to-full Fratton Park roaring on his side tomorrow for the first time.

The midfielder has witnessed fortress Fratton as an opponent and is now looking forward to having that backing.

Norris said: ‘I’ve played here twice before.

‘I remember last year for Ipswich here and the fans were right behind their team that day.

‘I remember thinking “Jeez, these fans are decent”.

‘I’ve not been here many times before but I’m definitely looking forward to having them on my side.

‘It’s going to be good.’