Portsmouth keeper wants to be in league of his own

Craig MacGillivray is targeting an unblemished league season for Pompey.

Friday, 19th October 2018, 3:40 pm
Updated Friday, 19th October 2018, 4:50 pm
Pompey keeper Craig MacGillivray. Picture: Joe Pepler

The Blues keeper is out to maintain an ever-present League One record for his side this term.

MacGillivray believes playing every fixture is a realistic ambition for him, following an impressive opening to his career at Fratton Park.

The 25-year-old is out to make his 14th appearance against Fleetwood today and collect his fifth clean sheet in that period.

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Pompey keeper Craig MacGillivray. Picture: Joe Pepler

And after making a strong impression with supporters, MacGillivray is aiming to continue that form for the duration of the league campaign.

He said: '˜I said first game of the season that the aim is to get a full season under my belt.

'˜I need to keep myself fit, keep working hard in training and put things into practice which need doing.

'˜Recovery will be important. The better your recovery, the less likely you are to get injured and the better your performances will be over a consistent period.

'˜I need to enjoy it '“ and get these 46 games. That's definitely my aim.'

MacGillivray's 13 Pompey appearances this term already outstrip his previous best league return for a club.

The Scottish-born keeper picked up 12 league outings in three years at Walsall and another eight League One games with Shrewsbury last season.

MacGillivray added: '˜It's brilliant. I'm now past the amount of games in one season in my professional career already.

'˜Today will be my 14th appearance which is close to my total last season - including cup games.

'˜I'm loving every minute. Literally, loving it.

'˜I'm waking up every Saturday or Tuesday waiting for kick-off. There's no better feeling than playing games.

'˜My mindset has always been the same, but now I'm playing I can put it into practice more.'