Curtis revelling in winding up Portsmouth's rivals
Bullish Ronan Curtis has pledged to keep on '˜nibbling' as he bids to unnerve opponents.
The self-confessed wind-up merchant has shown no fear since bustling into the Football League following a summer switch from Derry.
With five goals and five assists in seven League One appearances, the 22-year-old has proven a revelation.
Similarly eye-catching has been the swagger and confidence dripping from his game, irritating a number of opponents.
Plymouth's Joe Riley refused to shake Curtis' hand at the final whistle after a nutmeg in the corner, while there was a running battle with Oxford's Tony McMahon.
But that's all part of the Irishman's football approach.
Curtis told The News: '˜I don't back down. I might be a young player, but I give it my all on the pitch and am a wind-up merchant.
'˜If it's winding upÂ opposition defenders to get into their head then that'sÂ what you've got to do. You have to give themÂ a little dig or two inÂ the game.
'˜It's self-belief, I am a wind-up merchant aren't I, all our players know as well.
'˜They call me the '˜Banter Man' in the changing room and it's good to have a laugh, but when it's game day it's game day, you are here to work.
'˜You have ups and downs in the game whenÂ you might have a little tussle with an opponent or a little nibble at him '“ and he may have a little nibble at you.
'˜It sometimes works, they get wound up and don't like it, but after the game there's the handshake.
Â '˜I get into their heads a bit and it gives you an advantage. I know people try to wind me up and get into my head, that's football really.
'˜It doesn't work on me, though, I let it go in one ear and out the other!'
Certainly Curtis reflects with a smile on his encounter with Oxford's McMahon.
He added: '˜He kicked me a few times in the first half, so I was just laughing at him.
'˜He was like 'Who are you? Blah, blah' and I was like 'It doesn't matter who I am, just worry about yourself'.
'˜When we scored I was winding him saying 'What's the score?'.
'˜Then it was 'Where are you?' and he said 'What do you mean?'. I replied 'We're near the top of the league and you'reÂ bottom!'.
'˜He got wound up even more then, I think it put him off his game a bit!'