Keeper on Pompey’s hunt for a little extra

Pompey keeper Luke McGee. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey keeper Luke McGee. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

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Two tight games with two very different outcomes.

And Luke McGee believes that highlights the small margins between success and failure in League One.

Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Southend was followed by a 2-1 loss at Peterborough last night.

That put an end to an upturn in form, after back-to-back league wins had left Kenny Jackett’s side two points off the play-offs.

The gap is now five points to the top six with Pompey sitting in 11th place in the table ahead of the meeting with Plymouth on Saturday.

The London Road loss highlights the Blues are still searching for the consistency needed to bridge the gap from third-tier pretenders to the real deal.

Both teams hit the woodwork last night in a closely-contested meeting before Jack Marriott opened the scoring after 58 minutes.

Then came the killer own goal from Kal Naismith before Conor Chaplin reduced the arrears with 12 minutes left.

McGee believes Pompey are punching their weight after arriving in League One this term.

But they still need to show the qualities which will see them progress at this level.

McGee said: ‘There’s not a lot in it in this league.

‘It’s a credit to the players that the club have come up from League Two and there hasn’t been a game when they’ve been totally out of it. Every game has been close.

‘There wasn’t a lot in it. There wasn’t a lot in it Saturday either but we managed to dig in and keep a clean sheet.

‘If Mainy’s (Curtis Main) one goes in instead of hitting the post it’s a different game.

‘There’s no point in lingering on it now, though, we have to look forward to putting it right against Plymouth on Saturday. The challenge is to be consistent.

‘That’s the only way we are going to achieve anything.

‘Our home form has been good and we’ve played the way we want to play – it’s just about finding that extra little bit.’

It was a big night for McGee as he returned to the club he made 45 appearances with last term.

That saw the former Peterborough loanee afforded a warm reception by the fans of the outfit he spent last season on loan at from Spurs.

The 22-year-old made one fine first-half save to keep out Marcus Maddison’s drive following a Peterborough counter-attack in the 28th minute.

But there was little he could do about either of the goals conceded against his old team.

McGee appreciated the reception he received but it did little to soften the disappointment of defeat.

He said: ‘It was nice to come out and get a good reception from the Peterborough fans.

‘They seem to appreciate me. I liked it here last year and I gave everything I had.

‘Hopefully the Pompey fans can see I do the same for them.

‘It was nice but my main feeling coming away from the game was frustration at not picking up the points.’