Goalscorer happy with Bohemians win
There are certainly more important moments to come in Danny Rose’s Pompey career.
But the summer signing from Northampton was still able to celebrate his first goal in blue against Bohemians.
He grabbed the opener with a neat finish in the final game of the Blues’ pre-season trip to Ireland – a 2-0 triumph over their top-flight hosts.
Now Rose wants the wins to keep coming, so his new side are in confident mood when the League Two campaign gets underway against Carlisle next month.
The midfielder said: “It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet and I like to make some runs forward every now and again – obviously when it’s the right time to do so.
“We’re pleased to get our first win of the summer because you want that to become a habit.
“Results aren’t the most important thing in pre-season, but it’s good to have momentum going into the first game of the season.
“Hopefully we can get as many victories as we possibly can between now and August 6.
“It was also important to see the game out and not concede, even if we came under a bit of pressure when we got tired towards the end. It was the first 90 minutes for a few of the boys in the side.
“The weather was hot and sticky, while the pitch was dry, so it was difficult to get the ball moving quickly.
“The games come along quite fast now and I’m sure that we’ll get quicker with each one that we play.”
Pompey will now fly back to England and Rose believes that their time away has helped bring the players closer.
He said: “It’s been a great trip and the lads have been together as a group while we’ve been out here. Everyone’s been able to get to know each other.
“There have been eight new signings, so these trips are vital if you want all the lads to gel. You’re also away from the family for a week, which is welcome sometimes!
“We’ve had plenty of hard training while we’ve been here. We’ll fly home on Sunday and do the same again next week.”