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Shorey Enjoys Midfield Role

11 January 2014

Debutant happy with Oxford display

Pompey fans at Oxford might have been surprised when the teams were read out before kick-off.

Just how would left-backs Marcos Painter and Nicky Shorey both fit into the side?

But the latter – who signed for the Blues earlier in the week – was handed a central midfield role in a 0-0 draw at the Kassam Stadium.

And Shorey was a key component of a solid display that earned Pompey a point.

He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was a decent result because Oxford are doing well this season.

“I enjoy playing in midfield and feel I can do just as well there as I can at left-back.

“There were a few new players in the side and it will take time for everyone to settle, but we did a good job.

“The lads who are already here have really helped us. There is a great bunch here and I’ve enjoyed my time so far.

“As soon as there was interest from Pompey then I was interested in talking to them. Now I want to get out on the pitch and enjoy playing more football.

“I haven’t played a lot of football this season, but the sharpness will come with games.”

The Blues have now lost just one of their last four games, but Shorey knows there is still a lot of work to be done in order to climb away from the bottom two.

He said: “The table doesn’t lie and we need to start picking up results, but I think this was a solid start.

“The gaffer’s come in and tried to steady the ship. I saw a few of the games before coming here and I think the lads have responded.”

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