Little delighted to be back

Winger returns after 18 months in the wilderness

Little: Back in action

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Glen Little could not hide his excitement after ending 18 months of hurt at the weekend.

The Portsmouth winger made his first competitive start in 547 days when he lined up against Tottenham on Sunday.

An injury-ravaged spell at Reading followed him to Fratton Park, prolonging his time on the sidelines.

However, with his first showing since 1st April 2007 now safely under his belt, Little is hoping to show the Pompey faithful what he is capable of.

Coincidence

"Ironically, it was Tottenham who were my last start in the Premier League, it's funny I've also made my return against them," he told The News.

"There's been a long, old road since then but luckily I'm back out there.

"I've had a few opportunities where it looked like I might play and had a few setbacks which haven't helped, such as a dead leg which took a bit of time.

"I felt all right, you always know it could be tough going and you might not last the full match, but just get me out there and let's get on with it.

"I felt it went okay, I do feel once you get games under your belt and you get that 100 per cent fit it helps because in the Premier League that's what you have to be."

Clean sheet

Meanwhile, Richard Hughes believes Pompey's 2-0 win over Spurs will allow them to put the painful memories of a 'freak' week behind them.

Harry Redknapp's side had shipped 10 goals in their last two games heading into the Tottenham showdown, but bounced back in admirable style.

"We were conscious we wanted to keep a clean sheet but we've never had defensive problems. Last week was a bit of a freak to be honest," said the midfielder.

"Even the Chelsea result (4-0 in the Carling Cup) was particularly harsh on us. I don't think Jamo (David James) had too many shots to save.

"We knew we have good defenders throughout the squad. We defend from the front, and yesterday was back to normal.

"Sol (Campbell) was fantastic - he and Sylvain (Distin) were excellent. Jamo had one fantastic save at the end but it's also about how he commands the box and takes pressure off when we needed him to.

"It was a perfect defensive performance from everyone."