Pompey practice making perfect from set-pieces

Ricky Holmes and Bondz N'Gala celebrate the goal against Bury. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ricky Holmes and Bondz N'Gala celebrate the goal against Bury. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Bondz N’Gala pinpointed training ground graft as the key to his flying goalscoring form.

The defender grabbed his third goal in as many league games in Saturday’s 1-0 success over Bury.

All of those goals have come from Ricky Holmes corners, as the Blues continue to show their prowess from set-pieces.

N’Gala was quick to put the credit for that on the club’s coaching staff – and attention to detail shown on the training pitch.

He said: ‘It’s lovely to get on the scoresheet again.

‘I’m pretty pleased with the clean sheet, too.

‘Every Friday we work hard on set-pieces.

‘The gaffer and Macca (Alan McLoughlin) work hard on it.

‘They stress if we get a good delivery we will score – and it’s going pretty well.

‘There is a lot of emphasis put on set-pieces.

‘They say it’s the difference between winning and drawing – and that was definitely the case.

‘People don’t always see the hard work put in behind the scenes to make it work.’

N’Gala admitted he is loving life at Pompey, having joined the club in August after leaving Stevenage.

He has now started the past six games and is now establishing himself in the starting 11.

The 24-year-old is happy with his form.

N’Gala said: ‘I’m enjoying my time here and things are going pretty well.

‘Hopefully, I just keep on producing good performances.

‘I feel it’s going good. I’ve scored a few goals and we’re getting results.

‘Hopefully we can do that and keep pushing on.

‘I’m at a massive club and we’ve got massive ambitions.’