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Close: A Dream Come True

Midfielder revels in first Pompey goal

11 November 2017

Ben Close celebrates scoring for Pompey at Blackpool

Like every Pompey fan, he has dreamed about scoring in a blue shirt.

Unlike the rest of us, however, Ben Close now knows what it feels like to find the back of the net for the Blues.

The midfielder opened his account for the club in the second half of a dramatic 3-2 League One victory at Blackpool.

And Close admitted that getting on the scoresheet for his hometown club was a surreal experience.

He said: “It’s a great feeling. I’ve been getting close in the past few weeks, so I definitely feel that it’s been coming.

“Once I saw the ball rolling out to me on the edge of the box I just had to make sure that I got a good contact.

"I supported this club as a kid and when I’ve dreamt about my first goal it’s been at the Fratton End, but I’ll take anything."

Ben Close

“When the ball hit the back of the net I can’t really remember what I felt. It’s such a big thing for me and I’ll be watching the goal back a few times.

“I supported this club as a kid and when I’ve dreamt about my first goal it’s been at the Fratton End, but I’ll take anything!

“So I certainly won’t forget that any time soon – even if it is all a bit of a blur at the moment.

“Since I’ve got my place in the side it’s been something that I’ve tried to add to my game. Now it’s time for me to kick on.”

Pompey had lost three successive league games and exited the FA Cup ahead of their trip to Bloomfield Road.

Close said: “It probably wasn’t the best performance from us, but being able to grind out results when you’re not at your best is vital.

“We were having a bad run of form before this week, so to win in the Checkatrade Trophy and then again in the league is a really good sign for us.”


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