Pompey ace silences critics

Jake Jervis running onto the ball. Picture: Steve Reid (123963-103)
Jake Jervis running onto the ball. Picture: Steve Reid (123963-103)
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Jake Jervis revealed his post-goal celebration at Tranmere was to silence the Prenton Park boo boys.

Jervis earned Pompey a point after leaving the bench in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with the league leaders.

His classy finish arrived seconds after the home side had gone 2-1 up.

Jervis danced a jig of delight with Blues players and staff and showed the name on his shirt to Tranmere fans.

That was after they booed him following a stint on loan at the club, which ended last month for the 21-year-old.

Jervis said: ‘It was a good finish and I was happy to score.

‘I instinctively hit it and was glad to see it go in.

‘I was getting a bit of stick on the sidelines, so that’s why I went over like I did.

‘There were a few fans giving me stick and I got a bit on Twitter as well.

‘I concentrate on what’s taking place on the pitch when the game is going on.

‘But when I scored I thought I’d give them a bit back!’

Jervis entered the fray with 24 minutes left to make his impact.

That was all part of the game plan implemented by Guy Whittingham and Andy Awford.

Jervis said: ‘We wanted to get at them when we could.

‘We’ve worked hard on shape.

‘It was about staying solid and getting at them.

‘It worked and we could have won it in the end.

‘The manager spoke to me in the week about what he wanted to do.

‘I was ready to come on and do what I could do.

‘I knew I was coming on and I was ready.’