Caolan Lavery confident good service will bring more Pompey goals

Pompey striker Caolan Lavery Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey striker Caolan Lavery Picture: Joe Pepler
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  • Lavery has netted twice in four Pompey starts since joining from Sheffield Wednesday
  • The striker’s goals have come from visits to Notts County and Carlisle
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Caolan Lavery is convinced he will thrive on quality Pompey service.

And he’s targeting opening his goal account at Fratton Park tonight against struggling York (7.45pm).

I have heard good things from people saying scoring at Fratton Park is amazing, I have yet to do that

Caolan Lavery

The 23-year-old has netted twice in four starts since joining Paul Cook’s side on loan from Sheffield Wednesday.

But both have arrived on the Blues’ travels, with the most recent coming against Carlisle on Saturday.

Lavery registered at Brunton Park after turning home substitute Ben Tollitt’s right-wing cross.

It was a mirror image to the one provided by Enda Stevens down the left for the Ulsterman’s goal against Notts County last month.

And Lavery is confident if the service is there, the goals will flow.

He said: ‘I am always confident of scoring. If I wasn’t then there would be a problem.

‘I feel if the deliveries keep coming in then I will score.

‘On Saturday, Ben Tollitt came on and put a good ball into a good area and I timed my run nicely, got across my man and got a touch in.

‘It was a bit of a carbon copy of the one at Notts County and as a striker you have to gamble and get across your man.

‘The way you score goals is by getting the delivery from the people behind you, so if I can get good deliveries then I can score goals.

‘Unfortunately, I didn’t net my first-half header on Saturday. I’m not really too sure what happened exactly, all I know is I should have done better and should have scored.

‘It was a brilliant delivery from Ben Davies, the defenders were in no-man’s land, I got between them, then you have to score.

‘But I would like to think I will score the next one and I am confident I can keep on hitting the back of the net.’

A York side lying one place above the relegation zone visits Fratton Park tonight as the Blues seek a first league win in six.

Cook is weighing up retaining the 4-2-3-1 formation at home after a system change drew a blank against AFC Wimbledon.

Regardless, Lavery will feature and is hoping his fourth Fratton appearance can earn him a goal.

He added: ‘I am just happy to help the team in the best possible way, so if I can get a goal at Fratton sooner rather than later I will be delighted.

‘I have heard good things from people saying scoring at Fratton Park is amazing, I have yet to do that.

‘I have loved playing there, the crowd is brilliant, the atmosphere is amazing, and we just want to get things right for the fans.

‘They come out in numbers every week and support us throughout the game, we just want to get things right and pick up points at home.

‘Appearing in front of a big crowd definitely gives everyone a boost and sometimes you need it in frustrating games when teams are defending and things aren’t going your way.’