Kyle Bennett targeting more Pompey creativity

Kyle Bennett   Picture: Joe Pepler
Kyle Bennett Picture: Joe Pepler
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Kyle Bennett has pledged to maintain the creativity to fire Pompey out of League Two.

The winger has weighed in with eight assists so far during the campaign – more than any other Pompey player.

As a striker you are judged on goals and for me I am judged on goals and assists

Kyle Bennett

His regular presence in Paul Cook’s side has been criticised by some members of the Fratton faithful.

Nonetheless, Bennett has been the Blues’ most effective creative force during the opening half of the season, particularly with Gary Roberts unavailable at times.

And the former Doncaster Rovers man will keep on attacking as Pompey push for a promotion spot.

He said: ‘I have eight assists so far, I have counted them from the programme!

‘I am trying to contribute in that manner so if I can’t score then I have helped in other ways. I’d like to think assisting is a big part of my game.

‘You get a bit scrutinised in forward positions, and if you are not producing then rightly so because that is what you are there to do.

‘As a striker you are judged on goals, and for me I am judged on goals and assists.

‘That’s eight in 28 starts, which is one in 3.5 matches, but I’d like to get one in two.

‘I honestly couldn’t tell you what it has been at other clubs, probably roughly the same.

‘Before I have always been judged on how many times I have touched a ball, but now it is more precise with this team and the way the manager likes us to play.

‘The manager also looks at how much you are contributing to the team, so I’ve been looking at it a bit more and am more conscious of it.

‘So I’m aiming to increase my assists to keep us challenging to get out of the league.’

Bennett’s name was sung by the Fratton end during his impressive showing against Crawley at the weekend.

Although failing to get on the scoresheet and not directly involved in any of the goals in the 3-0 success, it was still an impressive turn from the 25-year-old.

Cook has already spoken about Bennett’s on-going influence beginning to receive worthy recognition from the supporters.

In the meantime, the winger is seeking to pick out more runs from his Blues team-mates to create goals.

He added: ‘Gareth Evans’ second against Leyton Orient was my favourite assist this season. But you can only pass with the runner.

‘If the runner isn’t there you can’t pass it and it was a good run by him – I am going to say the run was better than the pass!

‘But the fact we didn’t win that match takes a little bit of the edge off it.

‘I know it’s a personal achievement to get an assist, but as a club it is more important to get a win.

‘It’s a cliché for players to say it but, genuinely, that is what I believe.

‘If I didn’t assist that, we would have lost 3-1. But we still lost 3-2 so it didn’t change the result.’