Pompey: No joy for match-winner

Adam McGurk netted twice but was not happy with the performance. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam McGurk netted twice but was not happy with the performance. Picture: Joe Pepler
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ADAM McGURK admitted he took no joy from his match-winning FA Cup performance.

McGurk ended Pompey’s FA Cup hoodoo and fired them into the second round with both goals in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Macclesfield.

There were positives to come of out of the game in the shape of two goals. But I won’t be smiling too much about that.

Adam McGurk

That meant the Blues picked up their first win in the competition since beating Spurs in 2010’s semi-final – at the eighth time of asking.

But the manner of the performance infuriated boss Paul Cook.

Cook was angry with the quality of Pompey’s passing, as his side failed to fire on all cylinders.

The 48-year-old is annoyed supporters aren’t being given enough to be excited about by his side.

McGurk echoed those sentiments after his manager ripped into his players following Pompey’s victory. The attacker, despite his goals, made it clear he was not happy with himself – or his side’s display.

McGurk said: ‘I think it’s frustrating.

‘Me, personally, I wasn’t happy with my performance.

‘I gave it away and it was frustrating.

‘It’s frustrating when you know you haven’t made the right decision.

‘We weren’t at the races and were poor.

‘The manager has spoken to us about it and let us know in no uncertain terms he’s not pleased.

‘We have to get back to how we can play.

‘We’ll put it right in training and look at where it went wrong.

‘I’m critical. That’s how I am as a person.

‘There were positives to come of out of the game in the shape of two goals.

‘But I won’t be smiling too much about that.

‘It’s about working hard, keep going and next week being better in possession.

‘The manager didn’t need to tell us himself. We knew it was not good enough.

‘He’s got high standards and us as players have high standards.

‘We all know that’s not how we want to play and the level of performance we want.

‘So it’s trying to get the balance of winning and playing well.’

McGurk took his total for the season to five goals and was pleased to get 89 minutes under his belt, after recovering from six weeks out with an ankle injury.

He said: ‘It’s good to get 90 minutes on a heavy pitch.

‘There’s been a lot of rainfall and my legs were starting to get sore in the last five minutes.

‘It was pleasing to get the minutes and it’s important I keep going now.

‘Kyle (Bennett) slipped me in brilliantly for the first goal and I thought the keeper was much closer than we was.

‘I had a glance and he was coming out but he must have stopped. So I slid in and it went in.

‘The second was scrappy and lucky really. I said to the ref afterwards I was lucky 
but thankfully they’ve gone in.’