Hawkins revelling being back among Pompey goals
Oli Hawkins toasted that scoring feeling after a successful return to his familiar striking role.
The 25-year-old struck twice to fire Pompey to a 3-1 triumph against Northampton on Saturday.
It was the first time in the Blues’ past 10 matches that he had started in attack, following injury and a stint in defence.
Nonetheless, Hawkins headed home Christian Burgess’ long pass on the stroke of half-time to give Pompey a 2-1 lead.
He then doubled his tally by heading in Dion Donohue’s left-wing cross at the far post on 48 minutes.
It represented the end of two-and-a-half months without a goal – then again rarely had he featured in attack.
Hawkins said: ‘I had a chance on six minutes, but it happened so early and that was my first touch of the game.
‘If it had happened five or 10 minutes later, once I’ve had a few touches and a bit of confidence from something, then I might have slotted it in.
‘But it didn’t faze me, I scored two goals and may have got a hat-trick.
‘For the first, the pace of the ball from Burge was brilliant.
‘We were doing a few good diagonals and it was working, me heading it down to the runners. Luckily, this had great pace on it, but no-one was around me.
‘So all I could really do was direct it towards goal – and it went in.
‘I purposely made sure I got a good connection to arrow it towards the back stick.
‘I wouldn’t say it was my furthest goal to score a header, I’ve scored a header a little bit further out from there before.’
Hawkins’ second goal represented his sixth for the club following a deadline-day move from Dagenham & Redbridge.
He added: ‘I was mainly focusing on trying to wait at the back stick, but the cross dipped into the middle of the goal. But I gambled a little bit quicker than the centre-half and got on the end of it.’