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Magic MacGillivray

Keeper impressed in Sunderland stalemate

27 April 2019

Craig MacGillivray in action for Pompey at Sunderland
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Craig MacGillivray has received plenty of plaudits since signing for Pompey last summer.

And the keeper produced arguably his finest display yet in a 1-1 draw with promotion rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

A string of fine saves helped the Blues keep up the pressure on the top two with just a couple of games remaining.

Lewis Morgan, Charlie Wyke and Max Power were all denied in style to ensure Jamal Lowe’s strike was enough to earn a point.

MacGillivray said: “Sunderland knew they had to win and threw the kitchen sink at us during the first half.

“They got their goal, but when we scored it seemed to knock them for six and the atmosphere slowly drained away as the game went on.

"I was yelling to get the ball away because if they’d got it back into the box then I physically couldn’t move!"

Craig MacGillivray

“I was able to get my fingertips to the shot early on and then got my foot stuck in the net for the next chance.

“I was yelling to get the ball away because if they’d got it back into the box then I physically couldn’t move!

“We were due a clean sheet, but I’ve done all I can and always do my best to keep the ball out of the net.”

Pompey now need to beat Peterborough on Tuesday evening to ensure they are in with a chance of automatic promotion on the final day.

MacGillivray said: “Obviously we wanted to win, so it was still in our own hands, although we know we’re still in with a shout.

“Yes, we have to rely on other results going our way, but it’s not a bad position that we find ourselves in.

“We’ve just got to give it our all on Tuesday, doing our best to take all three points and send it down to the final day.”


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