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McGee's Defensive Delight

Keeper interviewed in Southend programme

18 November 2017

Pompey goalkeeper Luke McGee

Pompey have had more than their fair share of defensive problems this season.

There have been injuries across the back four to frustrate efforts to find consistency, with striker Oliver Hawkins even being used as a makeshift centre-half.

But Luke McGee has been a constant presence between the sticks for the Blues since arriving at Fratton Park last summer.

And the keeper is not complaining about the many changes that have taken place directly ahead of him.

“We’ve been unlucky in that sense,” he says in the official matchday magazine for today’s clash with Southend. “But you could also look at it another way and say we’ve been lucky with Oli coming in at the back and adapting to that role so well.

“We can have a laugh about the own-goal at Blackpool last Saturday, but we’ve won all four of the matches he’s started in defence and kept two clean sheets.

"Even those guys who aren’t currently in the side have the right attitude and we all stick together."

Kenny Jackett

“He’s looked really solid and hasn’t moaned about having to play there, which shows what an excellent character he is.

“That’s the same throughout the squad, though, because even those guys who aren’t currently in the side have the right attitude and we all stick together.

“Matt Clarke’s only young, but he’s got an experienced head on those shoulders, while Christian Burgess is just consistent.

“It puts confidence in the whole team when you know you’ve got such solid guys at the back.”

To read the full interview – where McGee also discusses his own form since joining Pompey – pick up a copy of the magazine from programme sellers around Fratton Park.

Also in issue 11, Danny Rose reveals his favourite things, while Nathan Thompson is next to take the ‘Home & Away’ quiz.

We take an in-depth look at Southend, while there are exclusive columns from Mark Catlin, Kenny Jackett and Brett Pitman.

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

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