Striker relived to finally make Blues bow
Pompey fans have waited for quite some time to catch a glimpse of Conor Wilkinson.
The striker arrived on loan from Bolton in March, but immediately injured his groin while on international duty.
So there were plenty of interest when he replaced Jack Whatmough as a 69th-minute substitute against Northampton.
Wilkinson was pleased to make an appearance – despite the Blues losing 2-1 – and is hoping he can make an impact in the play-offs.
He said: “I obviously wanted to get here as soon as possible and it’s been frustrating to have to wait so long to make my debut.
“It was great when I came on and the atmosphere was a joke – one of the best I’ve ever experienced as a player.
“It was a difficult game to make an impact because Northampton wanted to keep the ball and see it out.
“Now it’s going to be a really hectic period with these play-off matches coming along pretty quickly for us.
“But that’s what you want as a player and the two games will be the most important ones of the season. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
“I think we’ve got a good chance of doing well against Plymouth because we’ve got some talented guys here.
“It’ll be a great test and hopefully I can get another chance on Thursday in front of another packed house.”
Wilkinson has only had a few days to get to know his team-mates, but is already enjoying life on the south coast.
“The squad welcomed me straight away, which is great. All the boys were quick to shake my hand and introduce themselves.”