Romain’s on the march

Romain Padovani is congratulated by Joe Devera for his match-winner
Romain Padovani is congratulated by Joe Devera for his match-winner
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Romain Padovani grasped his Pompey opportunity to inspire a Boxing Day victory but revealed: I’m not sure it was my goal.

The French midfielder was drafted into a revamped Blues midfield for their League Two clash with Dagenham & Redbridge as manager Richie Barker attempted to boost his struggling team’s fortunes.

And it paid off as Pompey landed a first win in 10 games, with Padovani’s deflected first-half header from a corner proving to be the difference.

Padovani said: ‘Maybe it was mine – I don’t know but I will keep it. I will have to check it on the video but I think it might have been an own goal.

‘It came off my head just a bit but it hit a defender.

‘Some players might just say it was their goal when it wasn’t, but I’m always very honest! The most important thing was to get the win.’

It was a first Pompey goal for the former AS Monaco trainee, who joined the club in the summer.

And he nearly netted a spectacular second after the break with a long-distance strike.

‘I would have preferred the goal that I nearly scored from 25 yards in the second half to be my first professional goal,’ added Padovani.

‘It was very close to the crossbar. Hopefully, next time that shot will go in and then I’ll tell everyone it was my goal.

‘This win has given the team a lot of confidence.

‘Maybe the season starts now for us. It’s a bit late but at least it’s a start.’