A superb midfield performance ticked all the boxes for Adam May on his Pompey return.
The Blues earned an excellent 2-1 win against Arsenal under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy at Fratton Park last night.
It was a very good showing from Kenny Jackett’s team with 11 changes made from the FA Cup win at Rochdale.
All the players demonstrated they are ready and hungry to get in the first team for the League One title push.
It proved to be exactly what was required for May who was back from his loan spell at Aldershot.
He showed he is sharp and was unfortunate not to score, smashing the woodwork twice from outside the area.
Goals from Andre Green and Brett Pitman ensured Pompey won the match.
But May took the man of the match award.
He was a key figure throughout the game with his energy, clever passing and an exhibition of some superb shooting.
It was a perfect reminder of his talents after coming back from his loan spell.
He said: ‘I feel a lot better now, match sharp.
‘I needed some games. I was falling behind on that a little bit.
‘Now I feel fit, I feel sharp.
‘Hopefully I showed that.
‘Going to Aldershot gave me an opportunity to play week in, week out.
‘Now I’m back playing here. That is my loan done.
‘I can’t do any more than play well and hopefully get in the gaffer’s eye.’
May was pleased to be back in action at Fratton Park.
With so many matches coming up Jackett will need to have options if injuries or tiredness impact on his selections.
That could open up more opportunities to play in the first team for some of those who have been out recently.
May added: ‘Basically my loan is up this week.
‘But obviously the gaffer wanted to recall me to play.
‘I looked at it as an opportunity to impress and hopefully I have done that.
‘Then I just think we go from there this week and see what happens.’
The players on the sidelines have had to be patient with Pompey on a winning run in all competitions that is now seven matches.
For the league and FA Cup the team has largely remained the same throughout.
May understands that situation and knows he has to just grab any chance that comes his way.
He said: ‘You can’t knock it, the boys are doing fantastic.
‘That is the reason why I went out on loan.
‘I needed to get that game time and I didn’t want to fall behind on match fitness.
‘I think against Arsenal I felt match fit and match sharp.
‘My aim was to try to impress as much as I could.
‘We have got a competitive group here, everyone is always fighting for places.
‘Also at the same time you have got accept when players are doing well.
‘At the moment everyone is, which is why I think the team has been the same in a lot of the league games.’
May is set to hold talks with Jackett this week to establish whether he stays at Pompey for future weeks or heads back out on loan.