Joys turn to despair for Bradley

Sonny Bradley celebrates his goal. Picture: Joe Pepler

Sonny Bradley celebrates his goal. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Sonny Bradley celebrated his first Pompey goal in the 2-1 defeat against Southend but admitted: I’m still hurting from our last-gasp loss.

The defender registered a maiden strike in his 28th game for the Blues, coolly side-footing substitute Ashley Harris’ cross into the net to give Richie Barker’s side a 30th-minute lead at Roots Hall.

The occasion was spoiled, however, when Shrimpers midfielder Ryan Leonard popped up twice in the closing minutes of each half.

And Bradley admitted both goals wrecked his moment as Pompey failed to pick up a valuable League Two point.

Recalling the goal, he said: ‘The ball came in and everyone missed it.

‘My run was perfect – I just met the ball and side-footed it.

‘I’m not sure if it went through the keeper’s legs but I’m not bothered.

‘I don’t want to talk about it too much because we lost the game.

‘What’s important is not looking back on the goal but moving on and really stepping it up on Saturday against Accrington.’

However, Bradley admitted he was ‘buzzing’ when he scored and happy to see the fans enjoy the moment.

He added: ‘I was buzzing, trying to get the fans up, and I think it did,’ added Bradley.

‘They were definitely lifted and maybe that helped us over the next 10-15 minutes because we could have scored even more.

‘But it’s just one of those things.’

– MARK MCMAHON