Portsmouth loanee Ross McCrorie has said that his attacking intent against Shrewsbury “paid off” as the south coast side secured a 2-0 victory on Saturday afternoon.
The on-loan Rangers man made his first appearance in a Pompey shirt in just under two months on the weekend, coming on as a 58th minute substitute at right-back for James Bolton.
The 21-year-old proved to have a key contribution towards the result in his 32 minutes on the field, providing the assist for Ellis Harrison’s opener with a cross from deep to the back post, which was nodded in past Max O’Leary in the Shrewsbury goal.
Speaking to the Portsmouth News, the right-back discussed why he thought Kenny Jackett brought him on in the first place, and what he wanted to do while he was on the pitch.
“To be fair, I think the gaffer just wanted to be a bit more attacking so made the substitutions,” he said.
“I was just thinking in my head to get forward as much as possible and try to put balls in. I did it and it paid off, with Ellis putting it into the net.”
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McCrorie has struggled for game-time in recent weeks, with Kenny Jackett preferring James Bolton at right-back for Pompey, but the 21-year-old made it clear that he wanted to add an attacking dimension to the team against Shrewsbury.
“The gaffer knows my game and knows what I am like when I play right-back. I like to push forward, it was just a case of me doing my usual,” McCrorie said.
“We had a few chances at the end to be fair, with a couple of one-on-ones. The boys dug in deep to get the three points.”
McCrorie had a good game for Portsmouth last Saturday, and the tactical change from Kenny Jackett worked wonders.
It has been a stop-start season at Fratton Park for the on-loan Rangers player, with two separate hamstring injuries hampering his progress.
However, his showing against Shrewsbury may give Jackett something to think about in the coming weeks with regards to the right-back position.