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Kennedy: Long Journey Worth It

Midfielder delighted to join Blues

3 September 2017

Pompey winger Matty Kennedy

He was the final player to arrive at Pompey before the transfer window slammed shut.

And the Fratton faithful got their first sight of Matty Kennedy in action when he came on at the start of the second half against Rotherham.

The Scottish winger – who featured against the Blues in a Carabao Cup tie last month – has arrived on a season-long loan deal from Cardiff.

But he had a tiring move down south once his parent club finally confirmed that he could sign for Pompey.

Kennedy said: “The move was on earlier in the week and then I heard it was off, so with Cardiff on international duty I was back in Glasgow.

"So I had to get on a flight from Bristol, get in the car to Cardiff and then come to Portsmouth."

Matty Kennedy

“As soon as I got there, I received a call from Neil Warnock and he told me I could go to Pompey.

“I said yes, so I had to get on a flight from Bristol, get in the car to Cardiff and then come to Portsmouth – I was pretty knackered by the time I got here!

“It was one of those moves that I didn’t think was actually going to happen because it just came about so quickly, but I’m glad to be here.

“I’m the kind of player that just wants to get the ball into the box to create chances for the forwards.

“This is a massive club and I don’t see why we can’t finish in the top six, so hopefully I can help bring some more success.”

The 22-year-old’s debut was a frustrating one, however, with Pompey falling to a 1-0 defeat against the Millers in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Kennedy said: “The manager gave me a chance in the second half and I felt that I did well.

“It was a system that the boys hadn’t played before in the first period, but I thought the performance was good after that.

“I think everyone could see that we then looked the better team and we just need to take more of those chances.

“We can’t be too down about it because if we play like we did in the second half more often then we’ll do well.”

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