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Hughes Fratton Winner

21 September 2013

Midfielder scored at Pompey last term

Jeff Hughes hopes his side can continue their rich vein of form when they travel to the south coast on Saturday to take on Portsmouth in Sky Bet League 2.

Graham Alexander’s troops have won their last three games in all competitions, having firstly seen off the challenge of Tranmere Rovers in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, before notching home wins against Torquay and Bury respectively in the league.

Hughes played twice against Pompey last season when with Notts County, and knows what to expect tomorrow. “There’ll be a big crowd and a lot of noise, but it’s a good pitch and we’re a good team so there’s no reason why we can’t win”.

In fact, the Northern Ireland international was on the scoresheet at Fratton Park last term. “We won 2-0 and I scored in that one, so hopefully we can get the same result and come back with a win.

“Even in League 1 last year they were one of the biggest crowds. I think there was 14,000 there for the Notts County game, so obviously they’ve got support in numbers.”

The 28 year old has been a pivotal part of the Cod Army’s impressive start to the season, contributing with both goals as well as assists. “Everyone likes to score goals and we’ve scored some fantastic goals recently, but the main thing is to win games and to try and win a few on the bounce. Obviously it’s nice to get personal accolades and score goals, but as long as we’re winning that’s the main thing”.

As well as enjoying life on the pitch, Hughes is also enjoying his time off it, as his family settle into their new life in the North West. “I’m really, really enjoying it. My kids are the main thing and they’ve really settled down. The eldest has just started pre-school and my wife seems to have settled down and made a few friends, so it really helps me”.

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