DANNY HOLLANDS has targeted a run of games to ensure a return to his best form.
The midfielder admitted it’s a been a ‘tough’ period for him watching players arrive at Fratton Park and being forced to deal with limited playing time.
There’s nothing like playing games in a row and getting up to speed.Danny Hollands
But Hollands made a competent return to the first-team picture in the league with a start in the win at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
That was the 29-year-old’s maiden League Two 90 minutes this season, as he took on one of the holding midfield roles along with Adam Barton.
Otherwise, he has had to settle for starts in the Capital One Cup meetings with Reading and Derby.
Hollands is now hungry to continue against Exeter tonight.
And he feels a run of games can see him producing the kind of displays which excited supporters when he arrived at the club.
Hollands said: ‘It was pleasing to come back in.
‘For me to come in and help the team get three points hopefully shows the manager I can do it in the league.
‘I’m here if he needs me, so I have to be patient.
‘A new manager comes in and you see the players coming though the door it can be tough.
‘But he chooses the teams and it’s a hard decision for him. It’s hard for him throughout the whole squad and the bench as well.
‘It’s a big squad full of good players.
‘You can do as much running as you want but playing games is a completely different type of fitness.
‘The staff have been really good at putting on tough sessions to help us.
‘But there’s nothing like playing games in a row and getting up to speed.
‘It’s nice to come in and help the team get three points.
‘Now we can look forward to these two home games and really trying to press on.’
Hollands is confident Pompey can handle the weight of expectation as they look to cement their top-of-the-table status against Exeter City tonight.
He said: ‘We’re the biggest team in the league and we’re top of the league on points and merit.
‘People will be out to shoot us down.
‘But we are used to that and I feel we can rise to that and enjoy the pressure.
‘The fans are behind us and I’m sure they’ll be backing us against Exeter.
‘Hopefully we can put on the same kind of performance as Saturday.’
– JORDAN CROSS