Paul Benson insisted he is claiming his disputed maiden Pompey goal and vowed: I want to stay – even in League Two.
Benson got off the mark for the Blues at the fifth time of asking in yesterday’s 2-1 defeat by Crawley.
The 33-year-old went up for Scott Allan’s first-half delivery with defender Claude Davis.
It was unclear who got the final touch – but Benson vowed it was his goal.
Now the striker is looking to get on the goal trail and use the effort as a catalyst for a continued scoring run.
He said: ‘It flicked off his thigh and on to my ankle for the goal, and got directed in.
‘I’ll be claiming it. All forwards claim them! It may have been going in but I got a touch.
‘It’s always good to get off the mark and I should have done it sooner. I should have scored against Leyton Orient at home.
‘It’s been a long time coming – too long for my liking.
‘It’s nice to get off the mark and hopefully I can kick on.’
Benson is currently at Pompey on loan from League One rivals Swindon.
He bagged 13 goals with the Robins last season and featured regularly for them this time around, too.
But Paolo Di Canio allowed the move to go through – and Benson wants to remain regardless of the division Pompey are in next season.
He said: ‘I want to stay here as long as possible and help this club.
‘If it is in League Two, then so be it.
‘But I need to play better than what I have and show people here that I deserve a chance.’