Hogg keen to put forgettable Pompey debut behind him
By Site reporter
Wednesday 26 Jan 2011 21:24:00
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New recruit Jonathan Hogg admitted Pompey's woeful display against Burnley wasn't the debut he hoped for - but it hasn't put him off the job of trying to turn the Blues' fortunes around.

The 22-year-old had a tidy debut but plenty of those around him were off-colour as the Clarets won at Fratton for the first time in narly 30 years. But he says the squad are determined to put in the hard graft that can help turn things around.


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The Aston Villa midfielder completed a loan move until the end of the season hours before being thrown into midfield for his debut and couldn't prevent a deflating 2-1 defeat.

'It's been a whirlwind,' he told The News. 'I've not known whether I'm coming or going at times. I met the boys before the game and they seemed brilliant – but that was only an hour before kick-off. So I was straight into the team and playing but the lads were great with me.

'I came from Birmingham on Monday night and got to the hotel late. We did some of the paperwork then and finished it off yesterday morning. That made sure I was okay to play.

'I spoke to the gaffer before the game and he put me in the picture. The players are a brilliant bunch of lads and were brilliant to me the minute I came through the door. The performance wasn't the standard we wanted, though, but we will get back on the training field and put things right.

'I will get an apartment now and get settled in. I heard a sniff a couple of days ago about coming here and then things went from there. The gaffer at Villa came and spoke to me and it happened quickly after that.'

Boss Steve Cotterill admitted the display was Pompey's worst at home this season. And he revealed he was now taking the squad away for some warm-weather training.

'Last night's result was a real sour way to go away but we are out of the country for a couple of days just to do a bit of warm-weather training,' he said.

'It's about taking them away from the training ground, trying to give them a lift, trying to make them a bit fresh. Not that I felt one bit like going at this moment in time. Maybe it will give them the opportunity to rest a bit and recharge their batteries. We are still going to train, just train in a different climate, which maybe will give us a bit of a lift.'

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