McCabe: I can handle playmaker pressure

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Pompey boss delivers promise over brand of football

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RHYS McCABE promised he is ready to take on the mantle of Pompey’s playmaker.

The Blues’ new loan recruit is set to go straight into Richie Barker’s starting 11 for the crucial clash against York tomorrow.

Barker’s men hover just four points and two places over the relegation zone going into the clash at Fratton Park.

With just one goal scored in the last four games and opportunities at a premium of late, McCabe has been detailed to bring some creativity to the side.

The 21-year-old has taken that task in his stride and isn’t worried about the pressure it brings.

McCabe said: ‘You put pressure on yourself.

‘I’d like to think that I will come in and bring something to the table.

‘I don’t want to come here and just use this as a spell to get fit.

‘Hopefully that will pay off tomorrow.

‘I’d like to get on the ball and try to make things happen. I like to keep the ball on the floor and keep possession.

‘Obviously if I can create chances tomorrow then we should win the game.

‘I don’t feel that pressure because it’s natural in that game.

‘If it doesn’t work for me, it doesn’t work. It doesn’t stop me from trying all the things I’ve been taught.’

McCabe arrives at Pompey after finding minutes hard to come by at Sheffield Wednesday of late.

The midfielder knows he will be playing a key role in his new side’s bid for survival over the final nine games of the campaign.

And he is excited at the prospect of making an impact and being part of a meaningful finale to the season.

McCabe said: ‘I’d like to come here and create good memories.

‘I want to come away from here saying that I’ve achieved something – and this is keeping the team up.

‘I’m thankful for Portsmouth allowing me to come here and, hopefully, I get as many games as I can over the rest of the season.

‘It will be a learning curve for me as well.

‘If I can take some positives from my time here I’d be happy.’

McCabe admitted he has been impressed with both the quality of his team-mates and the intensity of training since arriving at Pompey.

He said: ‘The lads have been very professional.

‘The standard is high so, if we take that into the game tomorrow, with the attitude and application they’ve shown in training, I think we will be more than all right.’