Pompey’s viking insists new partnership will see goals flow

113029-993_POMPEY_CARDIFF_SR_27/9/11'Pompey vs Cardiff City at Fratton Park.'Pompey new boy Erik  Huseklepp.'''Picture:Steve Reid 113029-993
113029-993_POMPEY_CARDIFF_SR_27/9/11'Pompey vs Cardiff City at Fratton Park.'Pompey new boy Erik Huseklepp.'''Picture:Steve Reid 113029-993
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Erik Huseklepp hailed his link-up with Marko Futacs and promised: There’s more goals to come.

The Norwegian forward believes he can continue his run of goals, as he forms an understanding with Futacs which can wreak havoc on Championship defences.

Huseklepp smashed in a double last week at Peterborough, as the Viking rampaged through the Posh on the way to his side’s 3-0 win.

The 27-year-old took his total for the season to five goals since his arrival from Bari in August.

It was his all-round performance which excited, though, as he revelled in a withdrawn role behind Futacs in Michael Appleton’s 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 system.

Huseklepp’s hard running and willingness to attack defenders caused havoc from deep.

That worked impressively alongside Futacs, who again showed how well his all-round play is developing as the attacking focal point.

The two delivered a blend of silk and steel which excited Pompey fans and quickly had them talking about the pair’s attacking potential.

Huseklepp admitted he loved linking up with the 6ft 5in Hungarian powerhouse in the final third.

He revelled in the role – instead of his usual wide position – and insisted he felt perfectly comfortable operating there for the Blues.

Now he is looking forward to showing what he can do as Hull City arrive at Fratton Park tomorrow.

And that means keeping the goals flowing as the Tigers come to town.

Huseklepp said: ‘The goals are improving but I’m not stopping yet.

‘I hope to score a few more but as long as the team are playing well I’m happy.

‘It’s fun playing in the position. It’s a role I can play in and I like it.

‘I can play out wide, too, and know that position. I’ll play wherever the gaffer wants me to.

‘It’s great with Marko and we fill out the attacking position between each other.

‘He fights and I run – and that was okay for us against Peterborough.

‘I’ve had some good games but that was one of my best playing in that position.

‘It’s a role I like. I think I bring a threat with my pace.

‘I like to run in the channels and I like the ball at my feet.’

With the January transfer window closing, speculation about players leaving Pompey can come to a halt – until the emergency loan window opens next Wednesday, at least.

The uncertainty about what is happening behind the scenes will continue, however.

The countdown is on to the club’s winding-up petition hearing on February 20.

Players – like the rest of Pompey’s staff – are waiting for their January wages after the club’s bank accounts were frozen following the petition being issued.

But amid all the upheaval, Huseklepp is feeling settled.

Along with the rest of the Pompey squad, he is focusing on the games at hand.

He wants to see his team continue to build on their second away win of the campaign and deliver back-to-back successes for just the second time this season.

The Norway international said: I’ve been feeling settled for a long time here now.

‘Portsmouth is a good place, so let’s hope the club can sort out all of those things so we can play.

‘We had a good performance at Peterborough.

‘And now we need to go out and get back-to-back victories.

‘If we can start doing that, who knows?’