Defender delighted to be back for Blues
It has been a frustrating couple of months for Drew Talbot.
After completing a summer switch from Chesterfield, the right-back was a regular in the Pompey side at the start of the season.
But, having made six appearances, a pesky hamstring injury has kept him sidelined since the end of August.
So Talbot was delighted to make his comeback in Pompey’s 1-0 victory over Bristol Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy.
He said: “The hamstring’s been fine for a while now, but it’s taken some time to get my fitness back up.
“I’ve been working hard and doing extra sessions, so I was pleased that this game came along when it did.
“I never expected to last 90 minutes if I’m honest and that was awesome – hopefully it’s onwards and upwards for me now.
“It’s been tough watching from the sidelines because all I want to do is be out on the pitch playing football.”
Pompey secured all three points against Rovers, thanks to a long-range strike from Kal Naismith in the closing stages.
Talbot said: “We kept going against a good team and overall I felt that we were the better side.
“Their keeper had fumbled one a few minutes earlier, so Kal was right to have a go and it was a great strike to win the game.
“It was a little bit greasy with all the rain and there were some players slipping about, but you have to adapt to those conditions and get on with it.
“It felt a bit like a reserve game with the small attendance, but the fans who did come along were excellent and fair play to them.”