IT’S been a flying start to his Pompey career but Marc McNulty insists he has a lot more left in the tank.
The Scot took his tally to four goals in four games after his midweek hat-trick against, with two of those appearances – since arriving on loan from Sheffield United – coming off the bench.
And although he looked razor sharp in front of goal on Tuesday, McNulty believes he is not yet fully up to speed.
He said: ‘It’s getting better but I don’t feel I am at 100 per cent yet.
‘I think I will improve with a few more games.
‘It takes a while to get that match fitness when you haven’t played for a while.
I think I will improve with a few more gamesMarc McNulty
‘But I definitely feel sharper already.’
The 23-year-old will be hoping history repeats itself at Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow as he bids to continue his scoring run.
As he rose to prominence in Scottish football, McNulty scored a lot of his goals in bursts.
He netted six times in seven games for Livingston in September to November in 2012, and bettered that with eight goals in six in November and December 2013.
McNulty also enjoyed a run of five in seven games for Sheffield United last season.
But he is taking nothing for granted ahead of the trip to Adams Park.
‘Hopefully myself and the team can go on a little run now,’ said McNulty.
‘I’ve done that a few times in the past.
‘But it’s all about the next one now and there’s no reason why we can’t pick up another win.
‘Of course, you never get too carried away in this game.
‘One minute you are doing really well and the next you can’t get a game.
‘Obviously, I’m delighted with the way it has gone so far. But you can never score enough goals in my eyes.’
The treble against York was McNulty’s fourth of his professional career – but the first time he had achieved the feat south of the border.
Previously, he walked away with the match ball three times for Livingston against Raith in February 2012, Stranraer in August 2012, and Morton in November of 2013.
And his latest prize will be taking another prominent place in his collection.
He said: ‘My last one was playing for Livingston.
‘The boys have all signed the ball. I’ve got a couple in the house from back when I scored hat-tricks in the past, so I will definitely be keeping it.’
– STEVE WILSON