Maguire: Rivals will be panicking

Pompey celebrate their third goal, scored by Kelvin Etuhu, against Birmingham last night Picture: Steve Reid
Pompey celebrate their third goal, scored by Kelvin Etuhu, against Birmingham last night Picture: Steve Reid
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GOAL-HERO Chris Maguire has warned Pompey’s relegation rivals: We’re coming for you.

The Scotland international striker scored the equaliser that sparked a sensational Fratton turnaround last night.

Four second-half goals from Pompey saw Birmingham put to the sword 4-1 at Fratton Park.

That has ignited talk of another stunning Great Escape charge.

Maguire, who is on loan from Derby, believes the manner of Pompey’s amazing victory will leave fellow strugglers quaking.

He said: ‘Other clubs about us have lost and they will be thinking “they’re about to go on a bit of a run now.”

‘They will be panicking themselves a little bit.

‘We’ve got the belief in the squad and, after that win, we’ll keep going.’

Pompey have cut the gap to safety to five points ahead of Saturday’s trip to fellow relegation-battlers Coventry.

And Maguire feels his goal, which started the comeback, can be a key moment in the club’s battle for survival.

At 1-0 down, the Blues were facing a home defeat, which all bar the shouting, would have left them contemplating life in League One.

Everything changed, though, when the impressive Maguire angled his shot home after a well-worked free-kick on 54 minutes.

Suddenly, Pompey tails were up and it was one-way traffic as Birmingham crumbled.

‘I’m delighted to score and I’m delighted for the team and for the fans,’ added Maguire.

‘We got a major lift from the goal. They were 1-0 up and we had nothing to lose at that point.

‘We knew we were in a bad situation but the fans were sticking by us and we managed to repay them with that win.

‘Hopefully we can go on a little bit of a run now.’

Maguire combined with fellow Pompey loanee Scott Allan for the strike.

Allan touched the ball back from a dangerous free-kick position and Maguire drilled his shot through a crowd of players, via a deflection, into the far corner.

It couldn’t have been scripted better but it was something the duo came up with between them on the pitch.

Maguire said: ‘Scott and I spoke about it just before it happened.

‘He said “I’ll lay it off and you can have a strike and it might have a deflection.”

‘That’s what happened.

‘After that then, the rest is history.

‘It felt good. I’m a striker. I want to score goals and I did that.’

With Birmingham chasing a play-off spot, the result will raise eyebrows from some onlookers.

But not from Maguire, who insists it was exactly the sort of outcome Pompey’s recent displays merited.

He added: ‘We played some good football on Saturday but we just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net.

‘Obviously, it would have been nice to have scored on Saturday and won the game and then won again.

‘But four points out of six is a major lift for us.’