Portsmouth boss, Danny Cowley, was pleased with the way Ronan Curtis reacted to being left out of the starting XI against MK Dons, as he returned to side on Saturday and scored his first goal of the season, as per The Portsmouth News.
The Republic of Ireland winger could not prevent his side falling to fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions as his consolation goal came too late to prevent Cambridge registering a 2-1 victory at Fratton Park.
However, despite his disappointment with the result, Cowley was quick to praise the 25-year-old, telling The News: “I liked Ronan’s response to being left out for the MK Dons game. I liked how he had trained during the week because I saw a different level of focus and intensity, so I was pleased that he scored his goal. It will most certainly give him confidence.”
Portsmouth started the season with three wins out of three but have failed to win in League One since; a record they will hope to address tonight when they host Plymouth.
Cowley, whilst praising Curtis, acknowledged that he has one of the toughest roles in the team stating: “He (Curtis) is playing at the top end of the pitch, and the boys at the top end of the pitch are trying to do the hardest thing in the game.”
Curtis’s goalscoring record whilst at Pompey, 41 goals in 150 appearances, demonstrates the level of threat the Irishman possesses.
With goals being such a big part of his game, Curtis will have been relieved to get off the mark for the season on Saturday and will hope this marks a turnaround in both his, and his team’s, fortunes.