Portsmouth defender James Bolton has said being left out of the team during the first half of the season “wasn’t ideal” but is hoping to kick on for the remainder of the campaign.
The 25-year-old was on the score sheet for Pompey once again last Saturday as the south coast side defeated Sunderland 2-0 at Fratton Park to move back into the play-off places in League One.
In recent weeks, Bolton has made the right-back position his own, and has started three of Pompey’s last four games.
Bolton faced a challenge from Ross McCrorie and Brandon Haunstrup for the position earlier on this season, which limited his game-time at the club.
Speaking to the Portsmouth News, Bolton talked about his return to the side and his determination.
“I never give up. It was tough at the start being in and out and not living up to what I expected of myself, but I would never give up,” he said.
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He also is aware that he might have to play second fiddle once again this season, and is prepared for that eventuality if Kenny Jackett decides to change things up for the sake of the team.
“My situation wasn’t ideal, but it’s football, it happens, it might happen again. I am not deluded, I have to make sure I am doing what I can.”
‘Personally, I am playing a little bit better, but as a team we are doing really well,” Bolton added.
Bolton has established himself as the first-choice right-back in recent weeks, and the 25-year-old has done well for Pompey during that time.
However, he cannot get complacent. Ross McCrorie and Brandon Haunstrup will be waiting in the wings for an opportunity. Although both are not natural right-backs themselves, both have shown their qualities this season for the team.
Bolton will be looking to kick on and continue to contribute to Portsmouth’s recent success as the club look to establish their promotion ambitions.