Stockley toasts ‘incredible’ Pompey finale

Jayden Stockley and Gary Roberts celebrate. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jayden Stockley and Gary Roberts celebrate. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Jayden Stockley savoured his ‘incredible feeling’ after capping a dramatic Pompey fightback.

The striker, on loan from Bournemouth, chose a timely moment to net a maiden Blues goal by grabbing a 95th-minute leveller against Morecambe on Saturday.

It was an absolutely incredible feeling, that’s why you are a footballer to see reactions like that from the fans

Jayden Stockley

It capped a remarkable comeback from Paul Cook’s side, who had found themselves 3-0 down after 38 minutes.

Gary Roberts struck twice before the hosts were reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Enda Stevens.

But deep into stoppage-time Fratton Park erupted as the 21-year-old substitute headed home Adam Webster’s cross to make it 3-3.

He said: ‘I was mistiming a lot of jumps in the game, which I was a bit disappointed with and wanted to really attack the ball, something I am going to have to look at.

‘But thankfully I had a last chance when Webbo put in a great ball which cleared everyone and luckily I got my head on it.

‘As a striker you are always gambling on those ones and my eyes lit up, you can’t miss from there.

‘Well, I say that now, don’t ask me again if I miss one in the future!

‘It was an absolutely incredible feeling, that’s why you are a footballer to see reactions like that from the fans.

‘It was brilliant and hopefully there is more to come.

‘I went on to the pitch at 3-2, so knew there was a job to be done.

‘I wasn’t in there at half-time, though. I was as far away from the changing room as possible, I could hear it from the pitch!

‘The lads knew that was going to come.

‘But our fitness here is very good and we kept going to the end to get the victory.

‘We showed some grit and determination and fought back from a very unfortunate situation, that is what we have got in abundance at the club.

‘The attitude of everyone is 100 per cent.

‘The desire to win, even in training every day, the little matches we play, we want to win badly and there is a lot of anger when you do lose.’

Irrespective of the outcome, which extended Pompey’s unbeaten start to the season to five matches, Stockley revealed there was still disappointment at the result. An out-of-sorts first-half display had left supporters stunned as they headed into the interval 3-1 down, contrasting previous form this season.

And Stockley insisted the eventual result was tainted by that disappointing opening 45 minutes.

He added: ‘We weren’t happy at all coming in at full-time with a draw, there were a lot of sad faces in that dressing room.

‘It felt like a win when I scored.

‘But you suddenly come down into reality after the fans quieten down and realise it’s only a draw and you don’t want to draw at home.

‘But at that time I cannot deny it felt absolutely fantastic.’