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Hawkins: I Can Make An Impact

Striker hopes to feature in play-off chase

13 April 2018

Pompey striker Oli Hawkins

Oli Hawkins is hoping to help fire Pompey into the League One play-offs.

The striker has netted eight times since his summer arrival from Dagenham, despite filling in at centre-back on plenty of occasions.

He recently recovered from a hamstring problem and has been named among the substitutes for the past three fixtures.

And with so much at stake in the final few weeks of the campaign – starting with Saturday’s trip to Plymouth – Hawkins is ready to take his chance.

He said: “I want to play a part in the coming games. All the boys who have been on the bench recently will be trying their hardest to get into the team and make an impact.

“Everyone just wants to help out whenever they’re needed and hopefully I can chip in with a few goals to get us into the play-offs.

"All the boys who have been on the bench recently will be trying their hardest to get into the team."

Oli Hawkins

“The boys have been brilliant recently and it just shows how strong our squad us when we get players back from injury.

“We got four wins in a row and it’s left us in a really strong position with just a few games left to go this season.

“It’s going to be tough for us with a couple of away matches coming in quick succession, but we’ll prepare properly and hopefully that will pay off.

“I know there’s a slight rivalry between Pompey and Plymouth and so I’m sure there will be a good atmosphere on Saturday.”

Hawkins came off the bench in last Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Rochdale following a month on the sidelines.

He said: “It was good to be back because I’d been out for a while. It was nice to be involved again and helping the boys get a point.

“I’d not really had any hamstring problems before, so it was frustrating and I want to put that behind me.”

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