Striker happy to be out on the pitch
It was a memorable introduction to life at Pompey for Curtis Main.
The summer signing missed the Irish friendlies against Sligo and Bohemians with a quad injury.
But he was fit enough to be introduced for the final 20 minutes of the Blues’ match at neighbours Havant & Waterlooville.
And the striker immediately got himself on the scoresheet, steering the ball home after Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain’s effort had been parried clear.
Main hopes it is the first of many goals in a Blues shirt, but was more concerned with getting some time out on the pitch.
He said: “It’s nice to finally get a Pompey shirt on and it was frustrating not to be involved in the first couple of games.
“I’ve not had too much time in the area since I’ve signed because we were away in Ireland last week.
“But I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far and the lads are great – we’ve got a really strong squad here.
“It was pleasing to be there in the right place to tap that one in and get my first goal.
“But it was more important for me just to be out on that pitch and to get my fitness back up again.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to add a few more goals once the league fixtures get underway next month.
“I’m a centre-forward and I know that if you don’t shoot, you don’t score, so I’ll be looking to do that at every opportunity.”