Portsmouth firebrand Curtis told to carry on disrupting

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Kenny Jackett has vowed not to rein in Pompey firebrand Ronan Curtis.

The Irishman has made an explosive start to Fratton Park life, establishing himself as one of the star performers during early season.

Ronan Curtis. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ronan Curtis. Picture: Joe Pepler

The ever-confident Curtis' tendency to irritate opponents has also been a constant, again surfacing at Accrington.

He clashed several times with Callum Johnson during the second half, the Stanley right-back also claiming he received a punch to the face.

Regardless, Curtis won the free-kick which led to the Blues’ goal in the 1-1 draw, while struck the post and then the bar in the game.

And manager Jackett admires the former Derry City forward’s passionate approach.

He said: ‘Ronan was unlucky not to score on Saturday. He had a good header against the post in the first half and then a shot on the edge of the box.

‘He has tremendous energy, a tremendous attitude, and so far this season has been a key player for us.

‘He’s obviously a threat and a big goal threat. If we are looking at our chances, our clear-cut chances, our key chances, him hitting the woodwork twice shows he is capable of scoring goals.

‘I am not particularly concerned about his approach to games, I like his attitude, I like his competition, I like the fact he backs himself to score. That’s a big thing at a club like this.

‘Obviously, as one of our dangerous players, he will be targeted at times and has to be cute and clever, but he is also a good-enough player to understand those sort of things may come.

‘I always get the feeling with Ronan that he is capable of scoring, I always think there’s a goal there.

‘Even in quiet moments I’m thinking who can come up with something and it's generally him and that has been the case so far.

‘I talk to all of the players (about behaviour) and I talk to Ronan, but I do like his fire and competitiveness as well.’

With six goals and five assists, Curtis has breezed into Fratton Park.

And Jackett accepts the forward may need to keep his cool on occasions.

He added: 'He is going to get targeted at times because he's one of our key players and somebody that can score goals.

‘But he's clever enough to work that out and make sure he keeps his competitiveness, his fire, that desire to do well, his desire to win and desire to score.

‘But also not doing too much in the wrong way when he gets targeted.’