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MacGillivray: Pompey My Only Focus

Keeper not fazed by facing his former club

7 September 2018

Craig MacGillivray
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It will not be the biggest reunion for Craig MacGillivray this weekend.

The goalkeeper was a member of the Shrewsbury squad that reached the League One play-off and Checkatrade Trophy finals last season.

But he departed for Pompey soon after, while plenty of his former team-mates – plus manager John Hurst – also moved on.

And MacGillivray is more concerned with helping his new club continue their positive start to the current campaign.

He said: “There are now only a few players remaining from the Shrewsbury team that I was in last season.

“But they are still my former club and of course it will be nice to see those faces that I do know again.

"I’ve moved on now. I’m a Pompey player and want to have success here."

Craig MacGillivray

“Ultimately, though, as soon as the first whistle goes on Saturday, we’re against each other and fighting for the same thing – three points.

“I’ve moved on now. I’m a Pompey player and want to have success here. What’s happened before is in the past.

“The start we’ve made has been brilliant – but it is only a start and there’s still a long, long way to go.

“The league is still very tight and it’s very early days, although you can’t beat winning games and another one on Saturday will stand us in good stead.

“If we keep doing as well as we have been then we know we’ll be up at the right end of the table when it really counts.”

Pompey comfortably saw off Plymouth in their most recent league outing, although opposition manager Derek Adams bemoaned being denied a ‘stonewall penalty’ for an alleged foul by MacGillivray.

The 25-year-old said: “I got there and stopped. Their guy was in the air at the time and there wasn’t a great deal that I could do.

“His momentum took him into me, so in my eyes I didn’t commit a foul. He kicked the ball away and he wasn’t going to get there.

“Some referees might have given it, but that’s gone now and the important thing is that we got the three points.”

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