Futacs makes his Marko

Marko Futacs revels in the moment of opening his Pompey goalcoring account in the 1-1 draw with Leicester on Saturday
Marko Futacs revels in the moment of opening his Pompey goalcoring account in the 1-1 draw with Leicester on Saturday
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Marko Futacs toasted his maiden Pompey goal on his first start for the club and told Blues fans: Now I’ve got the taste.

The giant Hungarian crashed home a cracking strike after being handed his full Pompey debut in the 1-1 draw at Leicester City on New Year’s Eve and is expected to retain his place for today’s Fratton Park clash with Watford.

But apart from his goal, it was an impressive introduction to the Blues’ starting line-up for the 21-year-old, who looked a physical threat all afternoon and showed some neat touches with his link-up play.

And after signing off 2011 with what he called ‘the most important moment of his life’, Futacs now has big plans for 2012.

He said: ‘We will see if the manager plays me against Watford.

‘I think I took my chance (against Leicester), I did okay and I scored.

‘But I know I still have a lot more hard work to do to stay in the team.

‘I know that I need to show myself in every training session and every chance I get on the pitch.

‘But now I have started one game, of course I want to start more and I will do everything I can in training and in matches to get more opportunities.

‘I think it’s the most important moment of my life so far and my time with Portsmouth.’

While the 6ft 5in striker is a serious physical threat, there is clearly more to his game than being the traditional battering-ram centre forward.

But he admitted he had nothing else in his mind other than power when he controlled David Norris’ cross to fire past Kasper Schmeichel.

Futacs said: ‘I got the ball on to my chest and thought “now I have to score” and I tried to hit it as hard as I could.

‘I had it in my head that I had to be bold and take my chance.

‘It didn’t matter where the goalkeeper was or who was around, I just went for as much power as I could and it was great to see it go in.

‘Sometimes it can go anywhere but if you get it on target and you hit it hard enough, it’s always difficult for a goalkeeper.

‘I’m happy with my left foot or right foot and I like to shoot when I get the opportunity.

‘It depends on the situation, but when it came to me like that, I just went for full power.

‘I’m very happy to score my first goal for the club.’

Futacs was only informed he was starting the game at the King Power Stadium on Saturday morning, but admitted he was calm at the prospect of his first-ever Blues start.

‘In the past few games, playing for a few minutes, I felt confident and in training, too,’ he said.

‘But I was really happy when I found out on the morning of the game that I was starting the game.

‘Everybody told me that now I had to show myself.

‘Everybody tried to help me before my first game and I appreciated it.

‘It was the same during the game as well.

‘I was calm and I wasn’t too nervous, although I’m always a little bit nervous before games.

‘But I really enjoyed it.

‘I’m just happy to play any part of the game and I’m just enjoying being part of the team.’