McGurk’s happy beneficiary of ‘blunder’

Adam McGurk opened his Pompey account against Derby. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam McGurk opened his Pompey account against Derby. Picture: Joe Pepler
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ADAM McGURK admitted he was the lucky recipient of a ‘blunder’ as he opened his Pompey goal account.

And the debut-making attacker paid tribute to Blues fans for carrying their team to a Capital One Cup upset over Derby last night.

McGurk set Paul Cook’s side on the way to a 2-1 win over the Championship outfit with the opener four minutes after the restart.

The 26-year-old headed home Jayden Stockley’s cross but had the assistance of an awful mistake from Rams keeper Lee Grant, who tamely let the ball through his grasp.

McGurk was happy to accept that slice of fortune, however, on a night to savour.

He said: ‘It was a superb evening and it was great to get off the mark.

‘It’s a mistake from the keeper.

‘I had to lean back and get it on target but the keeper has made a blunder.

‘I didn’t make a very good contact. I think I ended up cutting my eye heading it!

‘It doesn’t matter how they go in, though, as long as they go in.

‘It’s great to get off the mark, even if it wasn’t the best goal I’ve ever scored.

‘I just wanted to work the keeper and get it on target.

‘It didn’t have much pace on it but I’m not complaining it went in.’

A crowd of 11,573 turned out for the Sky Sports-televised first-round clash.

The home crowd ramped up the noise and created an impressive atmosphere as they pushed Pompey forward.

McGurk admitted the reaction of the supporters to his goal made the moment special.

But he also highlighted how the crowd’s backing of the team after Jason Shackell levelled for Derby proved important.

He felt that support ensured Pompey didn’t become too negative and the impact was seen as Conor Chaplin scored the decisive goal two minutes later.

McGurk said: ‘The couple of seconds after the goal the noise was incredible. It gives you goose bumps.

‘Through the game it does give you an extra burst when you hear those fans.

‘Hopefully we can now give them success through the season.

‘The crowd did make a difference.

‘When the goals were going in and throughout you could hear them.

‘When they equalised they didn’t stop singing. They kept the positivity around the place.

‘They didn’t let the lads go into their shells and that helped us to come out and get the second goal.

‘It does make a difference.’