Futacs staying positive about future

120578-551_BARNSLEY_POMPEY_SR_18/2/12'Action from Pompey vs Barnsley at Oakwell.'Marko Futac fires in a cross.''Picture:Steve Reid (120578-551)
120578-551_BARNSLEY_POMPEY_SR_18/2/12'Action from Pompey vs Barnsley at Oakwell.'Marko Futac fires in a cross.''Picture:Steve Reid (120578-551)
Joe Hancott in action for Pompey Reserves against Southend. Picture: Colin Farmery

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In times of adversity, you find out much about your character.

So a lot is going to be revealed about the fibre of the smallest squad in the Football League over the final 15 games of the campaign.

The signs are the men within Blues boss Michael Appleton’s depleted ranks are prepared to come out fighting after the club went into administration last week.

They are still waiting for their wages to be paid and, in theory, could have demanded to be released from their contracts over non payment.

But the attitude has been one of unity in adversity, with fans and staff finding a resolve and fighting spirit in tough times.

Pompey striker Marko Futacs admitted he is fully aware he and his team-mates have embarked on a testing journey.

That was underlined by the decimated squad which travelled north to Barnsley on Saturday.

Appleton had just nine fit senior outfield players to pick from before former loanee George Thorne was recruited on emergency loan from West Brom on Saturday.

It’s clear it’s going to be a testing and treacherous road.

The 10-point deduction and weekend loss underlined that as Pompey fell into the Championship’s bottom three for the first time this season.

But Hungarian Futacs believes he can face those challenges head on – and learn from them.

And coming through the storm and surviving in the Championship will stand him in good stead for the rest of his playing days.

The 21-year-old is convinced – even with 10 points being deducted and the huge problems Pompey face – the club will be celebrating survival on April 28.

‘If I get through to the summer, it will be a big positive,’ said Futacs.

‘I can learn so much from these two or three months.

‘There’s going to be some tough times.

‘But if I can do well it will be good for me for the next five or 10 years of my career.

‘After getting 10 points taken from us, the most important thing is to stay in the division.

‘We are going to do our all for that.

‘We have a small squad but we are going to stay together. We can easily stay in this division.’

Futacs has been encouraged by his link-up play with Erik Huseklepp in recent games.

Appleton opted to use Huseklepp in a withdrawn role at Peterborough and the Norwegian international revelled in the position in the 3-0 win.

There has been signs of promise since between the pair – especially in the 1-1 draw at Blackpool, where the former Bari ace carved out a host of chances.

The partnership was broken up at Barnsley, with injuries forcing Appleton into a reshuffle.

But Dave Kitson’s dismissal in that game increases the chances of the strike pair teaming up once more for the visit of Leeds United on Saturday.

Futacs believes the duo have what it takes to score the goals to keep Pompey afloat.

He said: ‘It has worked very well for us.

‘We saw that against Peterborough and against Blackpool.

‘It was really good and I think it can carry on.

‘Maybe it wasn’t so good against Ipswich but I think it can be better against Leeds.

‘To play like that in our first game against Peterborough – I think it will work.

‘If we are going to play that way more and more, we will get better and better.

‘I think we can win more games that way.’