Goal hero Miles Storey gave the Peterborough defenders a headache and then had to leave the pitch with a migraine as Pompey clinched a place in the Capital One Cup second round.
The on-loan Swindon man struck a cracking first goal for the club with a low finish that arrowed into the bottom corner in the 12th minute, as the Blues saw off their League One opponents 1-0, with a spirited display.
Storey’s pacy and direct running caused the Posh defence plenty of problems but a migraine, brought on by the Fratton Park floodlights, ended his night just before the hour mark as he was suffering dizzy spells.
‘In the first half I was fine but the first thing I did in the second half was look up at a floodlight and I think that triggered it,’ said Storey.
‘It got to the point where I couldn’t see the ball – I think that’s why I was giving the defender the slip because neither of us knew where I was going!
‘I get migraines once a year or once every two years and you think “what are the chances of that happening?”
‘I can’t remember the last time I had one.
‘The lads sounded like they did well in the second half, although I didn’t see a lot of it, obviously.
‘It’s a strange one. I’ve had them before but never from looking at a floodlight.
‘It was frustrating that it happened and I had to come off because I was enjoying it and doing quite well.
‘I had to go and sit in a dark room for the rest of the game.
‘But it passed after about 20 minutes or so and it’s just great to have scored my first goal for the club.’
The 20-year-old, who came off the bench and was used in a wide role at Exeter on Saturday, was given his first start for the club as boss Andy Awford made six changes and switched the formation to a 3-5-2 to great effect.
Storey was also given a central role up front and gave the attack a new dimension with his blistering pace that had Blues fans rubbing their hands at their new signing, who is on loan for the season.
The forward also admitted he was relieved to open his account for his new club after failing to get off the mark on previous loan spells away.
He said: ‘I’m delighted to get my first goal. You don’t want to be waiting too long for it.
‘I’ve been out on loan before and done really well, but that’s the first goal I’ve actually scored on loan.
‘To do it in my second game is brilliant for me.
‘In the warm-up, we did a bit of shooting and I scored five out of six so I thought I was just going to hit it when I got into that position.
‘Luckily, I got it right and it went in the corner.
‘Now I hope to be able to build on it. To beat Peterborough, who were very close to going up last season, gives you a lift on a personal level and a team level.
‘We can take that into Saturday’s game now.’