Jayden Stockley is aiming to build on his Pompey momentum.
The on-loan Blues striker netted a dramatic diving header in stoppage-time in the 3-3 draw with Morecambe at the weekend as Pompey came back from 3-0 down to snatch a point.
And the youngster is expected to get the nod to start up front in tonight’s Capital One Cup showdown with Reading (7.45pm) as Blues boss Paul Cook looks set to make changes again.
The Fratton Park encounter against the Championship outfit is Pompey’s reward for their impressive 2-1 success over Derby County in the first round clash a fortnight ago – a game in which Stockley was named as man of the match by Sky Sports.
But after scoring his first goal for the club in his loan spell from Bournemouth, the powerful striker is determined to make the most of his opportunities in front of goal and show exactly what he can bring to the side.
Stockley said: ‘It was a great feeling to score but hopefully I can take it in my stride and get a few more goals now.
It was a great feeling to score but hopefully I can take it in my stride and get a few more goals nowJayden Stockley
‘We have got some good strikers here. Tubbsy (Matt Tubbs) had one disallowed at Crawley on Tuesday and we pride ourselves on goals.
‘Hopefully we can do that and get more and more as the season goes on.
‘I think I have done alright. It’s still really early and I haven’t shown anything of what I want to bring to the side yet.
‘I feel I am definitely maturing into a role that hopefully gaffer can see me playing in.
‘I’m hoping to start the game. But the manager will pick a team he thinks can go out there and get a result so I hope I am part of that.
‘We have a great squad here and a great bunch of lads as you saw in the last round.’
Stockley impressed as the lone striker in Cook’s preferred system in the Derby victory but it was his workrate for the team that really stood out on that occasion.
And his contribution and style of play has sparked debate in some quarters that he is better suited to the current system than Matt Tubbs, who was the League Two leading goalscorer last season.
The 21-year-old said: ‘Derby was a good one for me. I know I need to have more consistency but what you will get with me is 100-per-cent commitment with every game.
‘I enjoy the workrate and winning possession back for the team.
‘At the end of the day, you’re not going to get anywhere as individuals.’
Even though it was a poor first-half performance from the Blues as they found themselves 3-0 down inside 38 minutes at the weekend, Stockley played a key part in rescuing the situation with his late strike.
And it ensured the positive start to the season continued as Pompey extended their unbeaten record.
Stockley said: ‘I have enjoyed it and I think we have started well.
‘We have had two draws now and we would have liked them to have been wins.
‘But it’s still early days in the season. There is a lot of quality around League Two and hopefully this side can achieve what we want to achieve.’