MICHAEL DRENNAN fired Pompey a giant step closer to League Two safety and told fans: That’s what I’m capable of.
The Irish hitman grabbed two goals as the Blues served up a season’s best display in the 4-1 demolition of Dagenham and Redbridge.
Drennan came in from the cold at Victoria Road and was given his first start under Andy Awford.
And he repaid that call with a fine showing – and a belting 25-yarder in the second half for his rampant side.
Drennan has had to wait for his chance under Awford, but has caught his manager’s eye with his form in training.
The 20-year-old loanee from Aston Villa feels he has now laid down a marker.
And he believes he has done enough to continue his goalscoring form against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
Drennan said: ‘I haven’t played that much and I haven’t really had a chance to show the supporters what I can do.
‘But I’ve scored two goals and I think I’ve done enough to keep my place in the team hopefully.
‘Now I just need to keep it going and keep showing the manager in training what I’m capable of doing.
‘I want to play every game, so that is what I have to do.
‘So I’m trying to send out a message to the gaffer in training. I’m trying those shots in training and they are going in. So I’m happy with it.
‘I took the shot early. I thought if I kept going he would’ve caught up with me.
‘So I decided to hit it early and was pleased to see it fly in.
‘I was glad I made the decision to do that, because it’s come off!
‘Once you have made the decision to hit it, you have to hit it and not change your mind.
‘If I’d changed my mind he would’ve caught me because he was on the front foot.
‘I’ve not really had the chance to show what I can do so far.
‘But luckily enough I got my chance and I think that I took it. I can’t afford to slack off now. I need to keep scoring.
‘Hopefully more of those will come on Saturday against Bristol Rovers.’
Drennan’s goal sparked raucous scenes as he wheeled away in front of the 1,374 Pompey fans at the game.
They made up almost half of the attendance and continued the vocal force showed against Hartlepool.
Drennan rated the atmosphere at the game at the top of those he has featured in.
He said: ‘It was a great atmosphere. One of the best I’ve played in.
‘Listening to the fans singing gave me goose bumps. It makes you want to play better and win.
‘It was great to go over and celebrate it with those fans.
‘They pay a lot of money to follow us, so we have to repay them. They deserve it as much as the players do.
‘This is their club and I was happy to do that for them and give them something to cheer.’