But Ertl shares praise after Yeovil triumph
The club captain helped the Blues progress to the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with a 3-1 triumph at Huish Park.
But Johnny Ertl looked completely at home in the centre of Pompey’s defence at Yeovil.
He was making just a second appearance of the 2014/15 campaign.
Goalscorers Jed Wallace and Craig Westcarr might get most of the headlines, but Ertl’s dominant display provided the backbone for victory.
His performance was best summed up by a series of three vital blocks in quick succession, but the Austrian preferred to share the praise.
He said: “It was a fantastic team performance. We kept them quiet in the first half and then punished them in the second.
“We waited for our chances to come and then took them thanks to some great finishing. It’s a fantastic result for us.
“We defended well, although we’re a little bit upset because we conceded a goal and couldn’t keep a clean sheet.
“It’s a great feeling when you come back in the changing room after a result like that and everyone has a smile on their face.
Ertl has had to wait for his chance to impress this term, but agrees with Andy Awford’s rotation policy.
“But it’s only a small step for us. We have a lot of big games coming up and we have to be well prepared.”
“We played on the front foot, were ready to put in the tackles and won most of the second balls.
He said: “It keeps everyone on their toes when you have a big squad because there’s so much competition for places. “You’ve got to show in every game you play that you’re the one who deserves to be selected.”