Defender pinpoints key figure in Portsmouth success

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Craig MacGillivray’s Pompey impact has been lauded as he plans to keep out his old club.

MacGillivray will bid for the Blues’ fourth clean sheet on the bounce as they aim to keep out Shrewsbury at Fratton Park this weekend.

Pompey keeper Craig MacGillivray. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey keeper Craig MacGillivray. Picture: Joe Pepler

The 25-year-old made a strong start to his career at PO4, with just three goals conceded in his six appearances to date.

Defender Matt Clarke has no doubt his presence has been a big factor in his side’s powerful start.

Clarke said: ‘Craig’s had a massive impact.

‘At times, though, Craig has really got us out of jail when you are under the cosh.

‘As defenders you can’t stop every shot.

‘The opposition are going to have shots on target and have chances.

‘When we’ve not been there he’s been there - and that makes a massive difference.’

Clarke noted how MacGillivray has exuded confidence since starting the campaign in goal, and that has transmitted to the players in front of him.

He added:  ‘Craig is vocal on and off the pitch. He’s a good character to have behind us.

‘He’s confident and in good form. When you’re not confident everything keepers come for don’t come off.

‘He’s coming for things and the impressive thing is when he comes he doesn’t hesitate.

‘He’s the keeper and part of the backbone of the side.

‘If he plays well and we as a defence play well, we’re going to do well.’

            - JORDAN CROSS