Ross McCrorie received an early setback in his Pompey career – but now he is raring to go.
The on-loan Rangers youngster was sent off for two bookable offences in the opening day defeat at Shrewsbury.
It saw him banned for the Carabao Cup victory over Birmingham, with a couple of positive results preventing an immediate return.
But McCrorie came off the bench in Saturday’s narrow defeat at Sunderland and is now looking to make up for lost time.
He said: “I had a little blip with the sending off that meant I was suspended for a game and the boys did well, so I had to wait for a chance.
“Luckily another one came at the weekend and now the boys are determined to bounce back from the result at Sunderland.
"It’s up to me to get back into the starting line-up and play well, but you’ve got other midfield players that I have to push past."
“I thought the red card was a bit harsh because I only made two fouls in the whole game, but it’s something I have to learn from.
“It’s up to me to get back into the starting line-up and play well, but you’ve got other midfield players that I have to push past.
“I’m settled in here and we’ve got a good bunch of boys – now I want to play as many games as possible.”
McCrorie was signed as a midfielder, but impressed at right-back after coming on at the Stadium of Light and is an option for that role against Coventry tonight.
He said: “It’s not something that’s alien to me and the manager asked me to use my athleticism to get forward and send balls into the box.
“If called upon I could play there again and would be pretty comfortable – it’s certainly wouldn’t be a problem.”