‘In­jured’ Holmes wins ova­tion

The Football League Paper - - FINAL THIRD -

RICKY HOLMES was Portsmouth fans’ player of the year last term, but they booed him mer­ci­lessly when he came up against them for new club Northamp­ton on Tues­day night.

The diminu­tive winger had the last laugh, how­ever, by curl­ing home the win­ner and land­ing the man-of-the­match award for an all-ac­tion dis­play.

And af­ter suf­fer­ing 80 min­utes of abuse, manager Chris Wilder could even see the funny side of the 27-yearold feign­ing in­jury in or­der to al­low him to milk the ap­plause of the ma­jor­ity of the 4,871 in­side Six­fields.

“I thought Ricky was out­stand­ing, and he even man­aged for his calf to go tight with ten min­utes to go so he could come off to a stand­ing ova­tion,” laughed Wilder.“I said to him in the dress­ing room,‘Why didn’t you just tell me – if you wanted a de­cent re­cep­tion from our pun­ters, I’d have just brought you off any­way’.”

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