Joe Gallen eyes Portsmouth winning run after Oxford success

Joe Gallen is targeting a Pompey winning streak following penalty success over Oxford United.

Tuesday, 8th October 2019, 11:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 5:03 pm
Pompey's players applaud the fans following their 5-4 penalty shoot-out success over Oxford United. Picture: Graham Hunt/ProSportsImages

The Blues were denied a Kassam Stadium victory at the death, courtesy of Rob Dickie’s leveller in time added-on.

With the score at 2-2, the Leasing.com Trophy clash entered into a penalty shoot-out, with an addition group point up for grabs.

That was captured by Pompey, who triumphed 5-4 after Oxford’s Sam Long crashed his penalty over the bar.

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Kenny Jackett’s side entered the match on the back of successive League One victories.

Now they face Gillingham at Fratton Park on Saturday – and Gallen is gunning for another triumph.

Pompey’s assistant boss said: ‘It was a good game of football, I thought it was entertaining and our boys have done fantastically well.

‘It’s a draw, but feels like a win against a very strong Oxford team who didn’t make many changes.

‘Our lads acquitted themselves well and we are pleased to win the group and now get a home fixture in the next round.

‘That’s now two straight wins in the league and tonight feels like a win – while on Saturday we have a really big home game to Gillingham.

‘There’s a lot of thinking about that game and the team, we are preparing for that because we do feel we’re getting on a roll.

‘To do that we need to win five or six games.

‘We are capable – and to do that we need to beat Gillingham.’