Ronan Curtis reveals impact of Portsmouth jeers after signing new Fratton deal

Ronan Curtis has told how the jeers made him stronger as he celebrated winning over Pompey fans.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 7:54 pm

And the Republic of Ireland international has insisted he’s putting some difficult moments this season firmly behind after celebrating signing a new three-and-a-half year deal at Fratton Park.

Curtis is in outstanding form for the club he joined from Derry City in 2018, with the goals and assists flowing for the 23-year-old.

It represents a turnaround for the winger after his struggles at the start of the campaign, which culminated in him being withdrawn to jeers and ironic cheers against Bolton in September.

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There’s no lingering resentment from Curtis over that incident, however, just pleasure at the manner in which the Fratton faithful are showing their appreciation for his current form.

Curis said: ‘I love the club to pieces.

‘Even when we were going through a sticky period and weren’t winning games at the start of the season it was the same.

‘We don’t even need to go back to what happened with the fans. It makes you stronger and you fight back from it.

League One - Portsmouth vs Bolton Wanderers - 28/09/19 Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis is substituted for Portsmouth’s Gareth Evans - Portsmouth’s Manager Kenny Jackett

‘We all go out to give 110 per cent. If it’s not good enough we hold our hands up.

‘It happened to me. I got booed off the pitch, jeered off the pitch. Whatever you want to call it.

‘I’ve come back stronger and now they are cheering me on every week. I can say I’ve done it.

‘I’m happy. I keep going, keep my head up and stride. Never look back.’

Curtis has now played 15 league games on the bounce as he takes a central role in Pompey’s promotion charge.

The gap is three points to the top two as Kenny Jackett’s side look to make it a record nine wins on the bounce at Tranmere, and Curtis sees no reason why his side’s climb can’t continue.

He added: ‘The gaffer picks the team and it’s great that I’m in it.

‘Hopefully I can stay in it and keep helping us up the table.

‘We’ve got a couple of games in hand and three on Peterborough who’re a couple of points ahead of us.

‘It’s there for us, so hopefully we can keep climbing and catch them.’