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Craig’s Clean Sheet Target

Keeper looking for another shut-out against Bradford

1 March 2019

Craig MacGillivray
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Clean sheets are like buses – you wait ages for one to appear and then two come along in quick succession.

Craig MacGillivray had been without a League One shut-out since Southend were defeated 2-0 in December.

But the keeper was unbeaten in last Saturday’s goalless draw with Barnsley, following that up with another unblemished display at Bury in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening.

It takes his total tally for the season to 14 in all competitions, but MacGillivray does not want to stop there.

The summer signing said: “It was obviously frustrating to go such a long time without keeping a clean sheet in the league.

“There wasn’t much we could really do and we were conceding from lucky breaks or a really good goal.

"It was obviously frustrating to go such a long time without keeping a clean sheet in the league."

Craig MacGillivray

“It was always a nice carrot for me to get to 15 and I’m one away from that now – but I want as many as possible.

“We’ve got 13 games remaining and there are potentially more if we’re in the play-offs, so we want to keep racking them up.”

Pompey will compete in the Checkatrade Trophy final at the end of March, but MacGillivray is more concerned with their league form.

He said: “There’s obviously a spring in everyone’s step because we’re going to Wembley, but there was still a positive feel around the place before that.

“Our target is to get back into those automatic promotion places and I know it’s the same for the rest of the lads, so we need to get three points against Bradford.

“I’m sure they will be disappointed that their manager has left and will be looking to prove a point, so it’s going to be tough.

“They looked good when we won up at their place earlier in the season and I’m a bit surprised that they’ve struggled.

“The crowd at Fratton Park are vital on Saturday and when they get behind us it gives everyone an extra bit of energy.”


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