FC Rostov help Futacs find his feet at Fratton

An error from FC Rostov substitute Igor Smolnikov allowed Marko Futacs to score his
An error from FC Rostov substitute Igor Smolnikov allowed Marko Futacs to score his
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett has been looking for the right blend of youth and experience. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Marko Futacs spoke of his delight after opening his Pompey goalscoring account.

Futacs got the decisive opener in the 2-0 charity friendly win over Russian side FC Rostov last night.

There was a slight air of fortune about the goal as substitute Igor Smolnikov’s clearance ricocheted off the 21-year-old and flew into the visitors’ net in the second half.

But Futacs was happy to claim the effort, as the 6ft 5in powerhouse celebrated an effective first full appearance for Steve Cotterill’s side by putting his name on the scoresheet.

Now the Hungarian under-21 international is hoping to push for more first-team minutes under Cotterill.

Futacs said: ‘To get my first goal for Pompey is a very good feeling.

‘I know it wasn’t a huge goal, but I think that it will be good for my confidence.

‘I think the defender was just looking to do a long ball, but he kicked the ball at my chest and helped me to score.

‘A goal is a goal and for me it is very important to score.

‘It means something to say to people I have scored.

‘It is also really good to get my first 90 minutes for the team at the home stadium, so I am very happy about that.

‘Now I have to keep doing my best to get my chance.’

Match report n Pages 48 & 49