Why Cambridge boss Mark Bonner is singling out Portsmouth winger for praise amid play-off push

Ronan Curtis’ role in Pompey’s play-off push has been hailed.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 6:00 pm

The Republic of Ireland winger played a key part in the Blues’ 3-1 win at AFC Wimbledon – a victory that put Danny Cowley’s side in the driving seat for that all-important sixth place.

He scored one and set up Lee Brown for both his goals at Plough Lane, taking him to double figures for goals scored in League One this season and assists in all competitions.

Yet his contribution in south-west London on Saturday hasn’t been his only say in the race to finish sixth.

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Ronan Curtis celebrates his goal against AFC Wimbledon with Lee Brown

The 25-year-old has now scored three in his past four outings, helping the Blues to within one win of a much-coveted play-off spot.

Curtis has actually scored four times in the 10 games he played since Danny Cowley took charge in March.

He failed to score in any of the 10 matches played prior to Kenny Jackett’s exit.

Cambridge boss Mark Bonner. Picture: Lewis Storey/Getty Images

And it’s that impact which has impressed Cambridge boss Mark Bonner, who is also chasing promotion this season – only from League Two.

Speaking on EFL ON Quest, the U’s manager said Curtis’ recent displays were crucial for Pompey at a key stage of the season.

He said: ‘Ronan Curtis was hero for the day for them (on Saturday), with one goal and two assists.

‘Three seasons in a row to get to double figures for goals is a really good return.

‘And to find really good form and top form at this stage of the season, and get such a crucial result today, is excellent for them.’

Bonner, whose Cambridge side needs just a point from their season finale against Grimsby on Saturday to book a place in League One next term, added the Cowley’s impact at Fratton Park must also be recognised.

Both Danny and Nicky Cowley were appointed in March with the remit to deliver a play-off place.

They’re on the brink of achieving that, with victory needed against Accrington on Sunday.

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And Bonner believes it’s success he’s sure they’ll deliver.

‘I think their CVs speak for themselves,’ he added.

‘They’ve had real success, I think they’ve had a good impact since they went in at Portsmouth and I know they’re really enjoying the challenge of working at such a good club.

‘Two really good coaches and really good people who I’m sure will do a good job there.’

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