Striker Jordy Hiwula sets Portsmouth target after nightmare 2020
Jordy Hiwula is hoping he can put the frustrations of 2020 behind him after making his full Pompey bow.
And the striker is targeting more playing time after getting a full 90 minutes under his belt against West Ham under-21s.
Hiwula told how not playing a first-team game for nearly a full year had tested his resolve, after falling out of favour at Coventry.
But after signing a deal until the new year last month, the 26-year-old is keen to show his new club what he’s capable of doing.
There was a couple of flashes of quality and signs of the pace and power the former Manchester City trainee could offer in the 1-0 defeat.
Now Hiwula is after more playing time wherever he can find it for Kenny Jackett’s side.
He said: ‘I’m really happy to have played because it’s been nearly a year - that’s how long it’s been.
‘It was good to get out there and just be back out on the pitch.
‘It’s been really frustrating, but I’ve just had to keep fit and try to stay as sharp as possible.
‘I was pretty pleased with my condition and it was good to be able to finish the game, which was another plus for me.
‘I just need to keep working hard and hopefully a few more chances will come.
‘I had a couple of opportunities, which I felt I could have done better with.
‘But I’m getting chances all the time, so the next time I play hopefully I can put them away.
‘I just need to keep playing these types of games, getting sharper and then if I get the call from the gaffer I’ll do my best.’
Hiwula was one of the experienced names on the team-sheet last night as six academy players were given their debuts in the Papa John’s Trophy.
In addition there was playing time for youngsters Eoin Teggart and Harvey Rew, who both have made just a single start.
Hiwula added: ‘My opportunity came, but I also thought the boys did well after the first 10 minutes or so.
‘It was a bit of a makeshift team, but I felt the young lads did a good job.’
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