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McGURK: QUALITY ALONE NOT ENOUGH

29 September 2015

Striker on what Pompey need to achieve promotion

Pompey’s attractive style of play has seen them rise to the top of the League Two table.

But Adam McGurk believes that quality alone will not help the Blues achieve their goals.

The summer signing – who suffered an ankle injury in the warm-up at Bristol Rovers on Saturday – won promotion with Burton last season.

And he knows that hard work is also vital if he is to achieve the same with his new club.

“We’ve got class running right the way throughout our squad,” he says in the official matchday magazine for tonight’s clash with Exeter. “But you must put in the graft and have a togetherness if you want to go up.

“Burton weren’t the best footballing side last season, but I thought we had the best spirit and in the majority of games we simply out-worked our opponents. If we can achieve something similar here then we should be fine.

“There might be four or five matches that we’re able to win relatively easily and the rest will be a battle. The points will have to be earnt.

“Perhaps, on some occasions, we’ve been guilty of not realising how tough it’s going to be and have been handed a bit of a reality check.

“The sooner we can adapt to that, the better because it’s not always going to be about pretty, tippy-tappy football.”

Read the full interview – where McGurk also discusses Pompey’s passing philosophy and his own start to the season – by picking up a copy of the matchday magazine from sellers around Fratton Park tonight.

Also in issue seven, Paul Jones dishes the dirt on his team-mates and Brandon Haunstrup selects his dream team.

We take an in-depth look at Yeovil before delving into the Pompey archives to take a walk down memory lane.

There are also exclusive columns from chairman Iain McInnes, manager Paul Cook and skipper Michael Doyle.

All this and much, much more in a packed 84 pages is available for just £3.

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