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NAISMITH: I'M PLAYING WITH CONFIDENCE

13 January 2017

Winger interviewed in Leyton Orient programme

Kal Naismith was restricted to cameo roles from the bench earlier in the season.

He has become a regular in Pompey’s side in recent weeks, however, and responded with four goals in his past seven appearances.

The Scottish winger will hope to keep his place in the starting line-up for this weekend’s clash with struggling Leyton Orient.

But Naismith knows that nothing can be taken for granted and is just happy to be playing with confidence.

“It’s tough for any player who isn’t involved,” he says in the official matchday magazine for Saturday’s match. “But all you can is keep working hard. If you’re ticking all the right boxes then an opportunity will usually come along.

“I’m happy at the moment and things are going well. I’m in a good place, especially now that I’ve had a run in the side and managed to take a few chances to help the team.

“I can always improve and I will constantly look to do that, but I’m feeling positive and pleased with how I’m playing.

“Sometimes it’s hard to understand how someone can look like such a bad player, but that can happen if they’re feeling low and confidence is such a big factor in football.

“It’s the best feeling in the world to go out there on a Saturday or a Tuesday night and right now I feel like I’m always going to score, which is great.”

To read the full interview – where Naismith also talks about being transfer listed last summer and Pompey’s home form – pick up a copy of the magazine from programme sellers around the ground.

Also in issue 15, Gary Roberts takes the 20 Questions challenge, while we test Ben Close’s general knowledge.

There’s an in-depth look at Leyton Orient, plus exclusive columns from Iain McInnes, Paul Cook and Michael Doyle.

All this and much, much more in a packed 84 pages is available for just £3.

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