Caolan Lavery open to longer Pompey stay

Caolan Lavery. Picture: Joe Pepler
Caolan Lavery. Picture: Joe Pepler

Caolan Lavery is open to the idea of extending his Pompey stay – even though the battle for striking places has intensified.

The on-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker scored his first goal for the club in the 2-1 loss at Notts County but was then ineligible for the FA Cup success over Macclesfield at the weekend.

With fit-again Adam McGurk scoring a double and another loanee Marc McNulty arriving last week, Lavery faces a battle to return to the starting line-up for Sunday’s home clash with AFC Wimbledon.

His current loan deal runs until January but boss Paul Cook will have some decisions to make with Conor Chaplin, Jayden Stockley and Matt Tubbs also at his disposal.

Lavery said: ‘I’ve loved every minute of it so far.

‘We’ll see if the gaffer wants to keep me longer.

‘Sometimes you go on loan and you don’t know anyone and it can be a bit difficult.

‘The lads have been really welcoming and I’ve met a lot of nice people so it makes things easy to adjust.

‘We’ve got some good strikers here and there is good competition for places.

‘But every good team just needs that bit of extra edge.

‘Hopefully, the more I play, the more I can add to that.

‘It’s about working on those little combinations.

‘I’ve only been here for a few weeks but I have seen a lot of quality from these players.’

Lavery is also hoping that Pompey will have cracked the code of breaking down League Two opponents at Fratton Park in time for their next outing in front of the Sky Sports cameras this weekend.

He said: ‘I heard a few boos at the end of the last home game I played against Mansfield and you don’t ever want to hear that because you’re out there working as hard as you can.

‘It’s difficult for the fans though. They come out in huge numbers and that is brilliant for us.

‘They really do help and it’s fantastic to play in front of them when you get that sort of backing.

‘They come to a game, they are excited all week and then it finishes 0-0.

‘They want to see a lot of goals and their team win.

‘Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen in football.

‘Hopefully, we can make that happen this time.

‘I would just say “stick with us. It will come”.

‘Everyone is certainly doing everything they can to make it happen.’

Despite some opponents packing the defence, Lavery believes an early Pompey goal can change the complexion of a game.

He said: ‘When we have watched the clips of the game, sometimes you see six or seven guys from the opposition all lined up along the box.

‘It can get pretty frustrating and maybe in the heat of the moment, some fans don’t see that.

‘It will only take one goal and it all goes from there.

‘It’s up to us to be better in the final third and deal with it.’