Ertl plays down heroic display

Johnny Ertl. Picture: Joe Pepler
Johnny Ertl. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Johnny Ertl shrugged off his heroic display and insisted: It’s all about the team.

The Blues skipper turned in perhaps his best performance in a Pompey shirt in central defence as Andy Awford’s side claimed a deserved 3-1 win at Yeovil in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

While it was certainly a good all-round team effort, the Austrian’s leadership and bravery stood out throughout the contest alongside defensive partner Paul Robinson.

But in typically modest fashion, Ertl downplayed his efforts and praised the team.

Ertl said: ‘I don’t rate myself in terms of my performance.

‘That is for other people to do.

‘I just want to do the best I can every time I play.

‘But I thought it was a great team performance.

‘It was a satisfying win.

‘The lads stuck in when we had to do that but we played well and I’m really, really pleased.

‘It showed our character and our quality.

‘After a defeat, you always want to bounce back as quickly as possible.

‘We did that, we scored good goals and the support was absolutely magnificent again.

‘It felt like a home game.’

Ertl’s display was summed up in one extraordinary moment in the second half as he became a one-man barrier to shots from AJ Leitch-Smith and James Hayter as Yeovil tried to find a way back into the game.

He said: ‘It was crazy.

‘I am looking forward to watching that on the DVD.

‘We were all trying our best to protect the goalkeeper and sometimes you have to get in the way of things.

‘So I just kept diving in the way of it and shots kept coming. But I was just glad it didn’t go in.’

Ertl was determined to show he is ready for more first-team appearances.

He said: ‘Everybody wants to show the manager what they can do every time you get on the pitch.

‘We have a big squad, we rotate and when the chance comes, you’ve got to do your best to take it.’