Goalscorer thrilled to open Blues account
It was his first goal for almost 18 months.
So Kal Naismith was delighted to break his Pompey duck and secure a vital victory at Stevenage.
He came off the bench to convert Kyle Bennett’s incisive pass and relieve any tension at the Lamex Stadium.
That ended fears of the hosts being able to cancel out Marc McNulty’s first half opener for the Blues.
And Naismith hopes that after such a long wait for a goal, the floodgates will now open for him.
He said: “It was a great day for us and a massive three points, which was just what we were looking for.
“It was wet and cold with hailstones when I came on, but I was just focused on the game and trying to make an impact.
“I thought the lads were brilliant in the first half and it was just about getting that second goal to secure the win.
“Kyle put the ball on a plate for me and I just had to keep my composure and try to hit the target – thankfully it went in.
“I’ve come on before and missed a few chances, so it’s a relief to see the ball hitting the back of the net.
“The result is the most important thing, but I hadn’t scored in a long time and hopefully now they’ll keep coming.”
Naismith hopes Pompey can build on the result when they travel to his former side – and promotion rivals – Accrington on Tuesday.
He said: “I’ve got lots of good memories from my time there and it will nice to see some of my friends.
“But it’s a big game for us. Accrington have got some great players, but hopefully we can go there and get another three points.”