Pompey new boy promises to make amends

Johnny Ertl starts his first game for Pompey. Picture: Steve Reid (122903-102)

Johnny Ertl starts his first game for Pompey. Picture: Steve Reid (122903-102)

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Johnny Ertl has promised to bag a strike to make up for his own goal disappointment.

Ertl’s attempted clearance proved decisive on Saturday, as he diverted Jonathan Grounds’ cross past a stranded Mikkel Andersen.

That made it a debut to forget for the Austrian utility man following his arrival at Pompey last week.

The 29-year-old has promised to make amends for the unfortunate incident, though.

Ertl said: ‘It was a deflection and it took it away from the goalkeeper.

‘I was in the wrong place but I guess it was just unlucky really. I’ll make sure I score at the right end to make up for it.’

Ertl knows there now has to be a quick response after Saturday’s loss.

The Blues get the chance to do that tomorrow when they meet Bournemouth in the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

The former Sheffield United man felt there were the chances to get a result on Saturday.

Now the players have to show faith in their own ability – and that of their team-mates.

Ertl said: ‘The supporters are a different class and for me it is a big honour to play for them.

‘To not get the points is a disappointment and we need to turn it around quickly.

‘We had great chances and if we scored when we put them under pressure it would have been a different game.

‘We have to work hard and stick together now.

‘There is a great bunch of players here with good ability and we have to have trust in ourselves.

‘It’s true it got scrappy at times, so there has to be a response now.

‘There’s competition here and the better the competition is the better we will play.

‘We know there are problems around the club but everyone is confident things will be okay.’

Ertl spoke of his delight at being able to complete a move to Pompey last week.

He has been training with Leyton Orient as he waited for an opportunity to get a club.

Now he has been given what he sees as a dream chance to carve out a career with Pompey – and that is a chance he is determined to take.

Ertl said: ‘This is the place to be.

‘I’ve played here for different clubs and it’s a fantastic place to play football.

‘It’s an absolute honour (to play for Pompey).

‘As long as I’m here, I want to roll my sleeves up and give everything.’

– JORDAN CROSS

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