Aaron McCarey believes he is getting sharper with each passing game.
The on-loan Wolves goalkeeper has played three matches since arriving at Fratton Park and is expected to be in the side again for tomorrow’s trip to Cambridge United, despite Brian Murphy’s imminent return to fitness from a groin problem.
McCarey had not played first-team football for more than a year before he made his debut in the 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers.
So it’s perhaps understandable it has taken him some time to re-adjust to the unique pace of the Football League.
McCarey said: ‘I do feel myself getting sharper with each game and I’ve really enjoyed it.
‘For the first couple of games, I was trying to get into the rhythm again but against Yeovil last week it was probably the best I have felt so far.
I do feel myself getting sharper with each game and I’ve really enjoyed itAaron McCarey
‘I know there is a lot more to come from myself and hopefully I will get a chance to show that.
‘I think you probably need five or six games to get into it properly.
‘But I’ve been used to going out on loan before and playing three or four games.
‘You have to put the effort in on the training ground and you get what you want out of it. If you put the effort in, you usually get rewarded at the weekend.’
With Pompey protecting their unbeaten record away from home at Cambridge United, McCarey is expecting a stern examination – especially of his handling.
He said: ‘I’ve never played at Cambridge before so I’m looking forward to it.
‘I’ve been told they are quite a direct team and they like to get the ball in the box as often as possible so that probably suits me.
‘It’s a part of the game I like the most.’
– STEVE WILSON