Pompey away-day specialist eyeing more Fratton joy

Caolan Lavery celebrates his goal against Hartlepool at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler
Caolan Lavery celebrates his goal against Hartlepool at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler
Alex Bass. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey pre-season stalwart looking to make step up

  • Lavery has scored four goals in nine matches during his Pompey loan spell
  • Previously under Paul Cook at Chesterfield he netted three goals in eight outings
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It represented goal number four in Caolan Lavery’s fledgling Pompey career.

Yet it remains his most treasured to date during an encouraging loan spell.

Who knows what you do! I ran to the corner, it seems to be what players do here at Fratton Park, they run to the corner when they score

Caolan Lavery

Paul Cook’s side head to Northampton on Saturday with the Sheffield Wednesday loanee seeking to score in a fourth consecutive away match.

Goals have arrived at the homes of Notts County, Carlisle and Wycombe for Lavery, who previously had not played a single minute of league football this season with his parent club.

Last weekend, however, marked his maiden Fratton Park goal – and in front of the Fratton end.

It was a moment to savour for the 23-year-old, who has had plenty to smile about since his October arrival.

He said: ‘When I came here I wanted to show what type of player I am.

‘I like to score goals, I like to work hard and I like to play on the winning team, at the minute that is happening and hopefully it can continue.

‘That goal against Hartlepool was a good one, one I am going to remember for a while with it being my first goal at Fratton Park and at the Fratton end.

‘I think it is one which will stay with me for a while.

‘I was buzzing. It was at the back of my mind I hadn’t scored at home. As a striker you always want to score at your home stadium, so it was nice to get that goal.

‘I’ve had celebrations in my head before but sometimes it is the buzz of adrenalin rushing through your body which just carries you through.

‘Who knows what you do? I ran to the corner, it seems to be what players do here at Fratton Park, they run to the corner when they score.

‘Things have been going well but I know I can’t just rest on my laurels.

‘I need to carry on what I am doing and hopefully can continue to do what I am meant to do – and that is score goals.

‘I think there is always more to come from a player – that is exactly the same for everyone on the pitch.

‘Now I am starting to score the goals but there are so many good players at the club you have got to be on your toes all the time.’

No team in the top four divisions has a better goal difference than Pompey’s return of plus-19 at present.

Although Derby County matched them on Tuesday night following a 4-0 triumph over Bristol City.

Regardless, Lavery believes Cook’s side have not clicked.

He added: ‘When I arrived, the talk was about 0-0 draws and such but I think things are starting to click now.

‘We know now the position we are in we need to kick on and need to start getting into those top places.

‘It’s just a matter of things clicking and the hard work that is continuing to go on at the training ground.

‘I am scoring goals and we have the best goal difference in the league now, which is always nice.

‘You never know what that can help us do.

‘You could see at half-time against Hartlepool that we are not going out there just keeping the ball, we want to score goals.

‘We want to make that goal difference even better.’