Jamal Lowe celebrated turning 24 by making a crucial contribution to Pompey’s latest friendly win.
The birthday boy teed-up Oli Hawkins for the opener and then scored himself to secure a 2-0 victory at Swindon.
He bundled the ball over the line from close range after Conor Chaplin had sent it across the face of goal.
And although Lowe might be more used to spectacular finishes, he knows that scrappy strikes will also be required during the 2018/19 campaign.
He said: “It was a good team performance and we kept a clean sheet – which is something we’ve been missing recently.
"You can’t score from outside the box or a tight angle all the time and you need to add those ‘easy’ ones as well."
“I got a goal and an assist, so I can’t really ask for more. The keeper almost saved it, but those are the type you need to add to your tally.
“You can’t score from outside the box or a tight angle all the time and you need to add those ‘easy’ ones as well.
“The whole team were disappointed with last week and the amount of goals we conceded, so we were concentrating on making sure we kept a clean sheet.
“We also needed to make it count going forward because we had a lot of chances at Stevenage and didn’t put enough away.”
Pompey’s friendly fixtures have coincided with the hottest temperatures of the year, but Lowe believes that will prove useful.
He said: “I think that contributes to your fitness because if you can do it in this heat, then hopefully you’ll have that little bit extra in the winter months.
“The aim is to stay at a high level for as long as possible and not have a patch where we lose a few on the spin. We want to stay consistent.”