Promotion party pain can be our motivation

Hermann Hreidarsson is challenged by Simeon Jackson
Hermann Hreidarsson is challenged by Simeon Jackson
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Hermann Hreidarsson has told Pompey to learn from the pain of Norwich’s promotion party.

The Blues went down to a 1-0 defeat against Paul Lambert’s side at Fratton Park last night.

That ensured the Canaries secured a place in the Premier League via the second automatic promotion berth.

Simeon Jackson’s header five minutes after the restart did the damage and sent 3,000 visiting Norwich fans at the game delirious.

There were jubilant scenes for the visitors at the final whistle as the club’s players and coaching staff all went wild. Fans then invaded the pitch as the celebrations continued.

It was hard for Pompey’s players and fans to take as they had to look on at the scenes of celebration.

The home dressing room was a sombre place to be after the game, while the away dressing room partied.

But Hreidarsson insisted his team-mates have to learn from what took place and use the memory of what unfolded as motivation.

He said: ‘It’s a nice kick up the backside to watch them celebrating.

‘We have to learn from that.

‘They earned it, so fair play to them.

‘We want Portsmouth to be celebrating like that rather than any other club celebrating promotion, that’s for sure.

‘It’s a nice reminder and something we have to remember for next season.’

Hreidarsson feels Norwich are worthy of earning a place in the big time and being handed all the riches which come with being at the elite level of the English game.

Cardiff’s 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough paved the way for Lambert’s men to get promotion with a win over Steve Cotterill’s side.

Pompey fans played their part by ramping up the atmosphere and making Fratton Park rock.

Hreidarsson said: ‘It was a great occasion and atmosphere and it was set up for some drama.

‘Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way.

‘They had a lot to play for.

‘It’s a big prize for them at the end of it and they deserved it.’

Last night’s defeat means Pompey have now been turned over six times on their own patch in the league this season.

Hreidarsson believes that statistic has to improve if his side are to move forward next season.

The 36-year-old Icelandic international also reckons Pompey have to put an end to the poor starts which has damaged their past two campaign.

He said: ‘Our home form has been up and down.

‘Teams shouldn’t be coming here and winning. That’s something we have to change.

‘We’ve been quite solid and haven’t really been outplayed, though.

‘The start has killed us and it was the same last season.

‘We were chopping and changing and didn’t know which players were going to be here.

‘That’s what has killed us.’