Hartlepool Utd’s Compton devastated not to be facing Portsmouth’s sacked boss Whittingham

Jack Compton celebrates scoring his first goal against Mansfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack Compton celebrates scoring his first goal against Mansfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID

JACK Compton was devastated by the news that Portsmouth had sacked boss Guy Whittingham – as he was desperate to beat him at Victoria Park tomorrow.

Just over a year ago, Compton was happily playing on the wing at tomorow’s visitors.

Compton was a first-choice pick out wide for boss Michael Appleton but when the manager left Pompey for Blackpool last November, the winger found himself out in the cold.

The Cardiff-born left-footer became out of favour at Fratton Park under caretaker boss Whittingham and was transferred to Colchester United.

“I still keep in touch with a few people at Portsmouth, including Kev the kitman and Jed Wallace,” said the 25-year-old.

“I was a bit gutted Guy got the sack because I was looking forward to putting one over on him.

“He didn’t really give me a chance after I’d started every single game under Michael Appleton.

“I’m just looking forward to the game and hopefully getting three points.”

Compton won’t hear a bad word said against Portsmouth as a club or the squad and believes they have enough talent to get out of trouble.

“They have the players to do it,” he told SportMail.

“It was good under Appleton but when he left everything went downhill.”

That was then and this is now as the saying goes.

Compton is happy on the flanks at the Vic and should he play tomorrow he’ll have clocked up 13 appearances – passing the figures he managed at his last three teams, Colchester, Portsmouth and St Johnstone.

The winger was the first signing made by Colin Cooper, who had worked with him previously at Bradford City, where he had been caretaker boss.

“Everything is good here,” said Compton.

“Training is fantastic, we are all together as a squad and I think we can push towards the play-offs.

“The players have been class to me, the fans have been fabulous and the gaffer and Higgy have been fantastic.

“It’s great when you know you have the support of the gaffer, stuff like that helps a player keep improving and believe in himself.

“I just want to repay them with good performances and more goals.”

Tuesday’s display at Bury was far from good – the side had a rare off-night.

Pools never got going and a penalty shout for a challenge on James Poole and a late Luke James cross aside, the team never really threatened.

“The other night was one of the worst games of football ever played,” said an honest Compton.

“I think I touched the ball about three times and we never got it down and passed.

“But Bury made us play like that – I would hate to be at a club that played that way.

“Hopefully if something like that happened to us again we can learn from it and we can get the ball down, pass and play the way we want to play the game and not be sucked into an ugly match.”

But Pools are on a roll on the pitch tended to by Dave Brown and his staff.

And Compton believes they can make it five home victories in a row tomorrow.

“We’ve turned the form around at home and we’re playing really fluent football at the Vic,” he said

“The pitch is fantastic and we can dictate the flow of the game.

“Portsmouth like to play football but hopefully we can do it that bit better and get another three points.”