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Hawkins: Injury Lay-Off Was Frustrating

Striker interviewed in Barnsley programme

23 February 2019

Pompey v Barnsley programme

Oli Hawkins is fit and ready to help fire the Blues to League One promotion.

The striker missed a month with a calf problem at the start of 2019, but has returned to the side in recent weeks.

Pompey have not won a match in the league since he was injured, although have drawn their past four fixtures.

And Hawkins admits it was difficult to watch from the sidelines after such a successful first half to the campaign.

“It was extremely frustrating,” he says in the official matchday magazine for today’s clash with Barnsley. “The first half of the season had been good for me personally, as well as the team.

“Everything was going along nicely and then I got injured. It was horrible watching the boys struggling and knowing I couldn’t play a part.

"With the way we were set up, I was able to make a positive contribution and bring something different to the side."

Oli Hawkins

“It had seemed to be working well and everyone was contributing towards what we were doing.

“With the way we were set up, I was able to make a positive contribution and bring something different to the side. It allowed me to get a few goals, but also the players around me to score.”

To read the full interview – where Hawkins also discusses Pompey’s form and Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy semi-final contest at Bury – pick up a copy of the matchday magazine today.

Also in issue 23, James Vaughan reveals his firsts and lasts, while Luke McGee has his general knowledge put to the test.

Fans can read exclusive columns from Mark Catlin, Kenny Jackett and Brett Pitman, while we continue to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pompey’s first top-flight title success with a detailed look at the 1948/49 campaign.

There is also an in-depth analysis of Barnsley, an interview with former Blues and Tykes left-back John Beresford and much, much more in a packed 84 pages.

And remember not to miss an issue this season, with the spine of magazine revealing a fantastic picture as the campaign progresses.

You can pick up your copy for just £3 from programme sellers around the ground.

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