Striker out to prove his worth

Paul Benson celebrates scoring against Yeovil
Paul Benson celebrates scoring against Yeovil

Paul Benson promised Pompey fans: I’ll show you I’m good enough.

The on-loan striker knows he has to prove to the Blues faithful that he’s worthy of earning himself a contract at Fratton Park.

And the 33-year-old feels he has to showcase his talents to the club’s caretaker management team.

Benson returns to the fray for the trip to Walsall tonight, after missing out on New Year’s Day against parent club Swindon.

The front man will look to score in his third game on the bounce at the Banks’s Stadium in the Sky-televised clash.

But Benson is aware he has to keep up his current form if he is to have an extended Pompey future.

He said: ‘I enjoy playing and I’m glad that I’m being picked.

‘It’s sometimes hard to play up there as a one with two wingers.

‘Sometimes you can feel a little bit isolated.

‘But I’m here on loan and will play wherever I’m asked to play in whatever formation I’m needed.

‘I need to start scoring more goals and playing better than I have done.

‘I need to prove to the people who run the club and pick the team that I’m good enough to stay here.

‘The ball is rolling now and hopefully I can get on a run. But I’ve got to be asked to come here and sign.

‘You have to be playing well and scoring goals for that to happen.

‘I need to be putting in better performances.’

Benson has now made six appearances since arriving at Pompey on loan from the Robins in November.

He has settled in quickly with the Blues and has felt immediately at home in his new surroundings.

Benson thanked the club’s staff for allowing him do that quickly.

He praised the jobs caretaker duo Guy Whittingham and Andy Awford have carried out in testing circumstances.

Benson said: ‘I like this club and I respect it.

‘There’s the supporters, but there’s also the people inside the club as well.

‘Everyone here is friendly and welcoming.

‘ I felt at home as soon as I arrived here.

‘The people behind the scenes made me welcome.

‘The players have been really good as well. There is uncertainty but they have helped me.

‘I just hope things get sorted sooner rather than later. It’s a difficult time.

‘But Guy and Andy are doing a tremendous job in difficult circumstances.

‘You couldn’t have two more Pompey people in charge and running things.

‘It’s in the right hands and hopefully we can secure our future this month.’

Pompey travel to Walsall tonight desperate for a win to give their season some impetus.

The momentum from three unbeaten games last month dissipated over the festive period in the face of two home defeats. That’s been a source of frustration for Pompey’s players and staff.

Benson believes there is no secret about what is needed to get the season back on track in 2013.

The striker’s convinced his side simply have to produce a good work ethic to get things moving in the right direction once again.

Benson said: ‘We haven’t been able to build on when we went those three games unbeaten. That’s disappointing.

‘It’s been one step forward and two back. But what can you do? We just need to get our heads down and work.

‘We need to do everything we can to turn things around.

‘We need to put the work in to get things going again.’