Connolly relishing his new challenge

1/1/2013 (SPORT)''Action from the match between Portsmouth FC v Swindon Town FC on Tuesday 1st January 2013 at Swindon FC's County Ground.''Pictured is: David Connolly during the match.''Picture: Sarah Standing (132-174)
1/1/2013 (SPORT)''Action from the match between Portsmouth FC v Swindon Town FC on Tuesday 1st January 2013 at Swindon FC's County Ground.''Pictured is: David Connolly during the match.''Picture: Sarah Standing (132-174)
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New recruit David Connolly surveyed the worst possible Pompey introduction but responded: I know exactly what I have let myself in for.

The 35-year-old former Republic of Ireland international signed a monthly contract on Friday as he replaced Izale McLeod.

Connolly then received Football League clearance to make his Blues debut as a substitute in the 5-0 battering at Swindon yesterday.

But the much-travelled striker, who has been a free agent since he was released by Southampton in the summer, has not turned up at Pompey for an easy ride.

He explained: ‘I don’t want to be here for only a month or to be involved in a relegation.

‘But we are in a real battle and I knew that when I was coming. I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.

‘It’s a big test but anyone knows that who is coming here and it is one not to be shied away from.

‘There are still a lot of points to play for but, make no mistake, it was a bad day.’

Connolly was introduced with Pompey 1-0 down and barely got a sight of goal as Swindon ran riot. But he is confident he will soon find his match sharpness.

He said: ‘I feel sharp in training and it’s just a matter of playing games now.

‘Last season I was playing for a team in the top two of the Championship but it will just take a bit of time to get up to speed and for everyone else to be pulling their weight as well.

‘I’m here to do the best that I can like I did at my previous clubs.

‘I want to be out there playing and hopefully I can get that first goal and then kick on from there.’