Pompey goal hero demands more ammunition

David Connolly, centre, celebrates his maiden Pompey goal with Jed Wallace, left, and Dan Butler. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13574-4)
David Connolly, centre, celebrates his maiden Pompey goal with Jed Wallace, left, and Dan Butler. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13574-4)

David Connolly savoured his maiden Pompey goal and vowed: There’s more to come – if I get the service.

Connolly’s first goal for the Blues was not enough to end their 23-game search for a win, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by MK Dons last night.

The 35-year-old put caretaker boss Guy Whittingham’s side in front for the first time since Boxing Day at Fratton Park.

But his 22nd-minute header was cancelled out by Shaun Williams’ effort five minutes later to see the spoils shared.

Connolly was making his first full appearance since recovering from a hamstring injury – and his fourth start since signing for Pompey.

The ex-Republic of Ireland international has made no secret of his belief he can still score goals regularly.

But he reckons the service he requires to thrive has been lacking in his appearances so far.

Connolly is hopeful Pompey are finally starting to turn the corner on that front.

‘In the games I’ve played chances haven’t arrived in abundance,’ he said.

‘So it’s nice to score the first one that has really come along and snap it up.

‘As a striker you are reliant on service – and it was a cracking ball in from Jed Wallace.

‘It was pleasing but it was disappointing to only get a point after dominating the game for long periods – in terms of chances.

‘We were missing that little bit of composure and quality in the final third to make it 2-0.

‘If that was there I’m sure we would have gone on to win the game.

‘The hamstring is fine, though. I’ve been back and training well, so hopefully I can kick on from here.

‘I want us to keep creating chances because they also haven’t been in abundance in the games I’ve missed.

‘In the games I’ve seen the chances haven’t been there.

‘You need them to win games.’

Connolly underlined the Blues’ irritation they couldn’t capitalise fully on a promising first-half display.

He feels his team need to be brave enough to pass the ball as they bid to end the worst winless run in the club’s history.

Connolly said: ‘There was a sense of frustration that we could have been out of sight at half-time.

‘The signs are encouraging that we could have won against a good side.

‘But we need to be braver and keep possession better.

‘It’s no good lumping it in the air – that’s what happened at Oldham at Saturday.

‘You are not going to win games playing like that. It was the same at times last night.

‘When we played it on the ground and produced some good interlink play, we looked okay.

‘We have the players to do it, we just need to be calmer in possession, get on the ball and get around the box.

‘That’s what we need to do in the games we have coming up.’