Aston Villa loanee targets more Portsmouth opportunities after scoring winner in FA Cup

Pompey beat Rochdale 1-0 in the FA Cup. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey beat Rochdale 1-0 in the FA Cup. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Andre Green wants more Pompey opportunities after firing Pompey into the FA Cup third round.

The Aston Villa loanee's 90th-minute strike earned the Blues a 1-0 victory over Rochdale on Sunday and a place in tonight's draw.

It was the winger who won the free-kick in the build up, before his shot after receiving the ball from Lee Brown took a wicked deflection and looped into the net.

Green has had a frustrating loan spell at Fratton Park so far.

He spent more than two months on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery to remove a cyst, while he's been behind the likes of Ronan Curtis and Jamal Lowe in the pecking order when fit.

The England under-20 international is now aiming for more regular Blues chances after his Spotland goal.

He wants to show the Fratton faithful exactly what he's capable of. 

Green said: ‘I only realised I won the free-kick when I got into the changing room to be fair.

‘I knew I was fouled outside of the box, so I was honest.

‘But it’s always nice because that was my only real chance to get at a player in the game.

‘I’m happy it came from that. But now I want plenty more of those opportunities to show everyone what I can do.

‘You need to take your chances in football. I am happy that I did that.

‘However the shot went in, it’s still a goal at the end of the day. I’m on the scoresheet so it’s good.’

Pompey delivered one of their most underwhelming performances of the campaign at Rochdale.

But Green's effort ensured the Blues reached the third round of the FA Cup for just the second time in seven seasons.

His goal was conjured up between a smart piece of initiative between himself and Brown.

Instead of firing the free-kick towards the target, the left-back teed-up Green, who fortuitously rounded off the move. 

The 20-year-old admitted it wasn't a routine Pompey had worked on in training. 

But Green revealed taking responsibility is something Jackett encourages.

He added: ‘We work on things on training such as free-kicks and how we can do them.

‘There are always a variation but that wasn't one of them, to be fair.

‘Luckily Browny and I saw it, did it and it paid off. 

‘It's about being on the same wavelength and taking the responsibility to make an impact.

‘It's being a leader in a way by saying I want the ball here.

‘You're trying to do the best for the team and what they want.’