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27 February 2016

Goalscorer happy with return to winning ways

Scoring against Cambridge means that Marc McNulty is out on his own as Pompey’s top scorer.

The on-loan striker had been in a four-way tie with Conor Chaplin, Gareth Evans and Gary Roberts prior to kick-off.

But he hammered home the opener in a 2-1 Fratton triumph just before the break to take his personal tally to nine goals.

Adam Webster then doubled the lead before Luke Berry’s late effort ensured a nervy finale.

And McNulty was more satisfied with picking up three points than collecting any individual accolades.

He said: “It was a very satisfying afternoon because we’ve been going through a bit of a tough time.

“We went into the game with the intention of collecting all three points and we’ve managed to do just that.

“It was a great touch from Conor to lay it off and it was just a natural finish for me, so I was delighted to see the ball hit the net.

“It’s always pleasing to score goals, but I came to this club with the intention of trying to get into the league above, so that’s the main focus.

“We’ve perhaps been guilty of over-playing at times, but we got the ball forward quicker and it seemed to work.

“When a team scores late on you always get a bit nervy, but we defended well to hold on for the win.”

McNulty has enjoyed the chance to express himself since arriving on loan from Sheffield United in November.

He said: “It’s good playing under a manager who never makes you scared about trying something creative.

“He tells us to go out there and express ourselves, which is brilliant for a forward player because you’ve got a bit of freedom.”

Good to get back to winning ways! A lot of games still to go! Who knows what can happen! #believe#PUP

— Marc Mcnulty (@sparkymcnulty) February 27, 2016

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