Andre Green’s Pompey career had barely got started when it hit a stumbling block.
The winger made just two appearances after completing a loan switch from Aston Villa when he underwent surgery on a cyst in his knee.
So he was delighted to net his first goal for the club on his comeback match against Tottenham under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy.
It was an important equaliser at Fratton Park, with the Blues going on to win 3-2 and secure top spot in their group.
Green was pleased with his contribution to the result and wants to continue making an impact in a Pompey shirt.
He said: “It’s been a bit stop-start for me so far, so I was happy to be back out on the pitch again. Now I’m looking to build my fitness.
“This is a winning side, so it’s good to be a part of that. The boys are flying and hopefully that will continue.
"My ambition is to repay the manager’s faith in me by scoring goals and helping this team to win more matches."
“I’m happy with my goal and want that to be just the start. I’m looking for a few more now and we’ll have to see where it takes me.
“They all count and I needed one to get me started. I was more focused on getting minutes, so that was a nice bonus.
“The gaffer told me before to get an hour under my belt and I got through that, but I know there’s a lot more work to do.
“It’s been very frustrating because I came here to play games and hopefully it’s the end of all that for me.
“My ambition is to repay the manager’s faith in me by scoring goals and helping this team to win more matches.
“The knee’s fine and there’s nothing holding me back – now I need to keep ticking over with no game at the weekend. I’ll definitely be working hard in the gym.”