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MAIN: WE GAVE EVERYTHING

10 August 2016

Goalscorer unhappy at cup exit

Curtis Main opened his Pompey account from the penalty spot.

But the striker was left frustrated that his goal was not enough to prevent them from exiting the EFL Cup at Coventry.

He smashed the ball home after Kyle Bennett had been tripped in the box to give the Blues an early lead.

But the League One hosts went on to secure a 3-2 triumph after extra-time and dent Main’s mood.

The striker said: “The lads put absolutely everything into the tie and I felt that it was a very strong performance.

“It’s disappointing to come away without having got the result because I felt we deserved our lead.

“It’s always nice to put the ball in the back of the net and I’m pleased to have scored my first goal for the club.

“We were probably a bit unlucky not to get a second because that could have meant a different story.

“The game got stretched as legs got a little bit tired and that allowed their quality players to get on the ball and dictate play more.”

Main was an unused substitute against Carlisle in the league on Saturday and knows he will have to work hard to get into the team on a regular basis.

He said: “The competition that we have for places here is a positive because it drives everyone on to do well.

“We’re all on board with the fact that we’ve got a very strong squad here and if you’re not in the side then you have to do everything you can to change that.

“This was our chance to do that and hopefully the performance I’ve put in will stand me in good stead.”

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