Newport County 0 Pompey 1: Rommy Boco proves himself as a useful addition

Rommy Boco. Picture: Joe Pepler
Rommy Boco. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey's Brett Pitman celebrates after scoring his second goal in their 2-0 win at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

Oldham 0 Pompey 2: they said what?

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Pompey are going loco with Rommy Boco after the Frenchman made his Blues debut.

The versatile 30-year-old has linked up with boss Paul Cook several times in his career and was brought in recently to provide cover for several positions.

After his loan spell with the Hawks came to an end, the Pompey boss opted to bring the Benin international into his matchday squad for the trip to Newport County.

And although Boco came on and did well after he got the call to replace Kal Naismith in the second half, he is prepared to wait for his chance to play the role of back-up.

Boco said: ‘It’s a great feeling and it’s a pleasure to be part of this team.

‘I wasn’t expecting to be here so quickly.

‘It’s the first time I have been in the squad, so I wasn’t expecting to play.

‘But I played for more than 30 minutes, so I’m really pleased with that.

‘The team is winning so I’m not deluded and thinking I will get into the team straight away.

‘You need to respect your position.

‘But I am working hard and waiting for my time.

‘Any time the manager needs me, I will be there.

‘I’m 30 years old so I am not going to chase it.

‘But I am ready whenever he needs me.’

Initially brought in as a right-back with injury concerns over Ben Davies, Boco operated in a more advanced role on the right flank at Rodney Parade.

But he feels he can do a job in a number of positions.

He said: ‘I like to link up and to pass and move.

‘I can play anywhere up front, right-back and centre midfield.

‘I have played all over the pitch.

‘I give 100 per cent wherever I play and when I was a kid, they have taught us to play everywhere.

‘In France, I started in one position but then played all the other positions to make sure you have the knowledge.’