Pompey: Marc McNulty convinced he’s made right move

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Marc McNulty revelled in his Pompey hat-trick and declared: I know I have made the right move.

The on-loan Sheffield United striker struck a classy treble as Paul Cook’s side blitzed York City 6-0 at Fratton Park.

Marc McNulty, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler

Marc McNulty, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler

After the opener from Ben Davies early in the second half, McNulty then took centre stage with three slick pieces of finishing before substitutes Ben Tollitt and Conor Chaplin completed the rout.

But McNulty – nicknamed Sparky by his team-mates – is convinced he has made the right decision in making the switch to Fratton Park, with an agreement apparently already in place to extend it beyond the January transfer window.

He said: ‘I’m always confident and, in the short time I have been here, I have seen the chances that are created.

‘As a striker, that’s what you love. If you get those sort of chances, you know at some point, you are going to score goals. It’s the right move.

Fair play to the boys – if they keep on creating chances like that for us, more goals will come. I’m sure of that

Marc McNulty

‘It’s easy for a player at a club like Sheffield United to sit on the bench. I’m not like that. I don’t want to let my career pass me by.

‘I want to be out playing games and I need to thank the gaffer for bringing me here.

‘Fair play to the boys – if they keep on creating chances like that for us, more goals will come. I’m sure of that.’

The 23-year-old Scot was substituted as a precaution after a head injury at Carlisle at the weekend and there were doubts he would be fit to play.

But he clearly made a speedy recovery.

He said: ‘I suppose there was a chance I might not have played because they didn’t know how serious it was.

‘They thought I was a bit dazed at the time but I thought I was okay.

‘The physio and the doctor are the experts but after I had come off, I was sitting on the bench thinking “I’m fine”.

‘I’m just glad I got to play. It 
was a great team performance. The boys gave me the chances and I just happened to put them away.’

While his first was a poacher’s goal, anticipating Michael Doyle’s miscued shot, his second was terrific link-up play with Kyle Bennett and he capped it with a cool finish after Doyle’s slide-rule pass.

He said: ‘For the first one, I’ve seen Doyle shoot and I’ve just gambled.

‘To be honest, it came off my heel rather than the side of my boot. I was just in the right place at the right time.

‘For the second one, I’ve turned it round the corner first time to Bennett and he cut it back – it was perfect.

‘He had the vision to see me running on to it and I connected well.

‘And the third one was the kind of run I like making – peeling off the shoulder of the last defender.

‘It was a great ball from Doyle. He had to fizz it in but he got the perfect weight on it.

‘I knew the keeper would be rushing out so I knew I just had to dink it over him.

‘But it was a great feeling.’