Cook convinced more goals to come from Bennett

Kyle Bennett celebrates scoring against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler

Kyle Bennett celebrates scoring against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler

  • Bennett scored eight goals in 50 appearances for Doncaster last season
  • Winger has five goals in his last eight Football League matches
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A RETURN of two goals from Kyle Bennett on his Pompey debut.

And Paul Cook is convinced the winger can continue to hit the back of the net with regularity during his Blues career.

Jed Wallace PPP-150205-173330001

Jed Wallace PPP-150205-173330001

The 24-year-old lit up Fratton Park on Saturday as Pompey’s season raced off to a roaring start with a classy 3-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge.

It would be Bennett whose corner was headed home by Gareth Evans for a 51st minute opener.

He then weighed in with two right-foot finishes, the second from distance, as Cook’s men cantered to an impressive victory.

Bennett scored eight goals for Doncaster Rovers last term – his most successful season to date as he continues to mature as a footballer.

I didn’t see that much of Kyle last season but what I do know is he has quality in his feet and should get us a lot of goals this year, that’s for sure

Paul Cook

The ex-Wolves trainee could tonight feature in what is expected to be a much-changed Pompey side against Derby in the Capital One Cup.

Regardless, his new manager believes he possesses the ability to bag plenty more.

Cook said: ‘Kyle has got that quality, he just stands out, that is why so many people were after him.

‘I knew the occasion would help Kyle. Certain players need stimulating and Kyle has got to make sure he turns up in games when we need him to turn up.

‘That will keep being a big test for him as a player and as a character because he has such ability it is untrue.

‘I didn’t see that much of him last season but what I do know is he has quality in his feet and should get us a lot of goals this year, that’s for sure.

‘I think he has a great chance of being a regular scorer.

‘People criticise teams who don’t score goals, on Saturday we scored three.

‘Last season, with the best will in the world, it was Jed Wallace and Matty Tubbs who have always done it for us.’

Pompey will need to improve on their goal haul from midfield if they are to embark on a promotion challenge.

Last term Wallace netted 17 times on his way to earning a move to Championship side Wolves.

However, James Dunne, Danny Hollands, Conor Chaplin, Johnny Ertl, Nigel Atangana, Wes Fogden, Andy Barcham, Ben Close and Ricky Holmes scored only seven times between them.

Of the present squad, Evans netted four times for Fleetwood last season and has 56 career goals overall.

Roberts bagged eight for Chesterfield during the 2014-15 campaign, taking his career tally to 90, while Adam McGurk, scored time as Burton Albion won League Two last season.

Kal Naismith, currently out with a thigh problem, hit four with Accrington Stanley in a career haul of 18.

Finally there is Bennett, with 21 goals from 189 matches during his career so far.

And Cook believes there are more goals to come from his attacking midfielders.

He added: ‘Gary Roberts has done it because I have seen it, Gareth Evans has the uncanny knack of getting into the box and getting a goal, we have Conor Chaplin and Adam McGurk – we have got fire-power.

‘The most important thing for me is keeping these lads focused on being fit, strong and well organised.’