In-form McLeod revels in Pompey goal-scoring confidence

Izale McLeod. Picture: Sarah Standing (123242-6248)
Izale McLeod. Picture: Sarah Standing (123242-6248)
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Rejuvenated Izale McLeod has revealed his Pompey confidence is now sky high after maintaining his scoring streak at MK Dons.

The striker returned to his former club in the town where he still lives to produce a classy finish which gave Pompey the lead on Saturday.

Gabor Gyepes also netted in his third-successive match, only for Michael Appleton’s men to be pegged back by an Adam Webster own goal and Darren Potter’s second-half leveller.

For McLeod, though, it was his fourth goal in his past seven games and fifth overall this season.

After a difficult start to his Fratton Park career, the ex-Barnet man is beginning to find his feet and convince the Blues fans of his quality.

It has proven to be a tough baptism prompting criticism among sections of the Fratton faithful at times.

But now the goals are starting to flow for the 27-year-old.

‘I’m feeling really good, full of confidence, playing well, working hard and scoring goals,’ said the Pompey hitman.

‘I can’t ask for any more at the moment.

‘I’ve said it before, I’m a confident guy, even when I came into this pre-season.

‘I always believe and always think I am going to score goals – I’ve got five now.

‘We are a new team. Every other team in the league have had more than a couple of years of having a team and squad as well as having that unity.

‘We are a completely new side thrown together in pre-season and it was always going to take us a few weeks and a few games to get in our stride.

‘I think you can see that now we are a bit more solid as opposed to the beginning of the season.

‘I am no different. Everyone is getting better as the season goes on, me included.

‘For me it is all going well at the minute but the most important thing is the team is doing well.

‘Before we were picking up a draw and losing but we are kind of sustaining a bit of momentum now, so if we can keep it up everyone will be happy. I’m scoring goals and that’s what I am here to do. As long as I am doing that I am happy.’

Having led from the fourth minute until the 72nd, Pompey are entitled to have felt disappointed not to win at Stadium MK.

It’s a feeling McLeod shares, particularly after such an impressive first-half from the Blues.

He added: ‘If you asked the boys in the dressing room afterwards, we were a little bit disappointed we didn’t get three points.

‘We had the lead and in the first half I thought we were brilliant.

‘We pressed them well, worked hard, broke on them when the chance came up and I think deserved our first-half lead at 2-1.

‘Obviously they had a lot of the ball in the second half and a lot of pressure.

‘However, I didn’t think they created any clear chances.

‘They had a few things whipped across the box and then they got their goal from a corner.

‘Overall I’m a bit disappointed but if you asked us before this game if we would have taken a point, we probably would have said “yes”.’