Adam McGurk: Give me a tap-in rather than a spectacular Pompey goal

Adam McGurk, right, celebrates his goal with Adam Barton. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam McGurk, right, celebrates his goal with Adam Barton. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Adam McGurk surveyed his Kassam Stadium stunner and insisted: I would have preferred a tap-in.

The forward produced a moment of magic when he conjured up a 35-yard thunderbolt to grab a point for Pompey at Oxford United on Saturday.

I saw the ball about to be passed in, knew I had a little bit of space so thought to myself “I am going to have a dig here”

Adam McGurk

It represented a third goal of the campaign for the 26-year-old as the Blues stretched their unbeaten start to the league season to eight matches.

Before McGurk struck in the 61st minute, Paul Cook’s men had trailed to Liam Sercombe’s opener as the U’s dictated the opening half.

Yet the ex-Burton Albion player wished his early goal-of-the-season contender had arrived a little closer in.

He said: ‘I have scored a couple of good ones from distance before but, to be honest, I don’t really care how they go in.

‘I would take a shin from two-yards out – they mean more to me than 35-yarders.

I don’t get enough of the little tap-ins, those tap-ins mean more.

‘Scoring tap-ins is something I want to improve on.

‘So if one of them arrives I will be more happy because I am improving in an area where you should be getting seven or eight a year at least.

‘Not all my goals are spectacular but they are also not tap-ins and that is something I am trying to address.

‘If I can just get a couple more I am sure my goal figures will go up in total.

‘On Saturday, I have shot early to try to catch the keeper off guard and I think it moved a little bit.

‘I got a couple of opportunities in similar situations just before and linked it up and played it wide, bringing other people in.

‘For that one I saw the ball about to be passed in, knew I had a little bit of space so thought to myself “I am going to have a dig here”.

‘The first touch was good, I have hit it and caught the keeper off guard and it has gone in.

‘That’s what happens sometimes – you need a little spark just to change things.

‘Up until then in the second half we were getting on top of them but that cemented it and we started to dominate.’

For the final nine minutes the Blues had to cope without skipper Michael Doyle, who had been sent off.

But they held on for a 1-1 draw to sit second in League Two.

McGurk added: ‘The first half we weren’t good enough, we were playing too direct, too straight and playing into their hands really.

‘We didn’t make them move enough, we didn’t interchange well enough.

‘Fair play to the gaffer, he didn’t lose his head with us at half-time.

‘I was surprised, I thought we would get a rollicking but he just calmed us down and tried to remain positive.

‘Up until the sending off we dominated, played some really good stuff at times and with 11 players there was only going to be one winner.’