Defender happy to be given a chance in the side
The Fratton faithful could be forgiven for not recognising Marcos Painter when he took to the pitch on Boxing Day.
But the left-back has now featured in the last three games – after missing 12 in succession.
He has played a key role in a defence that has now kept back-to-back clean sheets following a goalless draw against Northampton.
And Painter is relieved to be back in the team having been left kicking his heels on the sidelines.
He said: “I was sitting in the stands with the fans and have had to watch a dismal run of games without a win.
“I’ve been fit and available, so it’s been very frustrating for me. I wanted to play and knew I could contribute to the team.
“I came from a Championship club and when I was hearing things about needing experience in the defence I was thinking ‘use me’.
“It’s not down to one player, but I’ve always had confidence in my own ability and we’ve kept two clean sheets now.
“The team’s been more settled in the last few weeks, partnerships are forming and results are reflecting that.”
Painter’s short-term Pompey deal expires next month, but he would like to extend his Fratton stay.
He said: “We’ve spoken briefly about it, but it’s a busy schedule at the moment and I just have to focus on my performances.
“I signed until January because that’s what was on offer, but I’d like to be here for as long as I can.
“As soon as I feel I’m not wanted or I’m not giving enough to the team then it will be time up.
“We need to get wins because I don’t think any contracts will be dished out if we’re not doing that.”