On-loan Pompey striker prepared to work for his chances

Mark McNulty. Picture: Joe Pepler
Mark McNulty. Picture: Joe Pepler

Marc McNulty is fully prepared to go self-service when the need arises in his quest for Pompey goals.

The on-loan Sheffield United striker made his full debut for the club in the 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon and carved out the only real opportunity for himself, eventually seeing his powerful shot deflected behind.

Some strikers don’t tend to get involved outside the box and wait for things to happen but I’m not really like that

Marc McNulty

In reality, it was his only real sight of goal on his first start for the club as Pompey struggled to find their attacking fluency to provide him with opportunities.

But the Scot insists he is not the type of player to stand waiting for chances to be laid on for him and is quite prepared to create his own when the circumstances dictate.

McNulty said: ‘As a striker, the boys are working around you to try to put chances on a plate and that’s great.

‘But it’s important to help the team, make those runs into the channels and try to make your own chances when you can.

‘They can’t always do it for you.

‘Some strikers don’t tend to get involved outside the box and wait for things to happen but I’m not really like that.

‘Some managers like their strikers to do that to keep the two centre-backs occupied.

‘The manager allows us to go out and express ourselves and to play without any fear.

‘When I find my feet after a few games, hopefully I will do that a bit more.’

The 23-year-old formed a new two-pronged strike partnership with fellow loanee Caolan Lavery, but it was perhaps not the day to judge whether it was a success or failure with so few goalscoring chances over the course of the game.

But McNulty is confident the pairing can only improve, especially with some sage advice from coaching consultant Robbie Blake – a man with a pedigree in finding the net during his stints with Burnley, Bradford and a host of other clubs.

McNulty said: ‘It can take a week or it can take a few weeks sometimes for a partnership to develop.

‘The more training sessions will help.

‘Blakey takes us after training for a bit of link-up play and a bit of finishing and that can only help us.

‘It’s good that we are getting the chance to get to know each other’s game every day.

‘I’m sure it will get better and better.

‘But you learn more in games.

‘When we get a goal or two each, we will really kick on.

‘We’ve only had a few training sessions with each other so it’s going to take at least a couple of weeks.

‘A bit of patience from the fans would be great.

‘But once we get to know each other a bit better, it will be great and hopefully, we can both start firing some goals.’

Rather than a short-term loan, McNulty should at least get the chance to settle in.

Although he has signed a temporary deal until January, an agreement is already in place to extend his stay beyond that.

McNulty said: ‘I can’t say too much but it will become clearer in January.’