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Confident Curtis

Winger bags brace in triumph at Rochdale

23 November 2019

Ronan Curtis celebrates scoring for Pompey at Rochdale
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

Four goals from the past five games show that Ronan Curtis is back to his potent best for Pompey.

The winger struck either side of the interval to help secure a 3-0 victory at Rochdale and send his side into the top half of the table.

He converted passes from John Marquis and Ryan Williams in the Spotland triumph, with Ryan Williams wrapping things up late on.

And after a difficult start to the campaign – both for him and the team – Curtis is pleased to be back on form.

He said: “Every player will go through highs and lows, but I just kept going and knew that things would fall for me.

“The confidence comes from there and I’ve been working on my finishing in training – both with the left and right foot.

“They had a young full-back and I’ve been able to come short. John played it to me and it was a good finish.

"We hadn’t had a match for a while, so we really wanted to come to Rochdale and prove ourselves."

Ronan Curtis

“It was pretty similar for the other one and I was able to hit it first time. From that point on, we battered them.

“We knew that Rochdale were a passing team and we had to isolate them, so that second goal was vital.

“They dominated possession, but that doesn’t win you games of football. We went on to get a third and take all three points.

“We hadn’t had a match for a while, so we really wanted to come to Rochdale and prove ourselves. It paid off.

“It’s important that we keep going and give 100 per cent. We haven’t lost in a while, so we’re feeling confident and want to go on a run.”

Curtis was left out of the last Republic of Ireland squad, although is hopeful of impressing Mick McCarthy to win back his spot.

He said: “It’s always a proud moment to play for your country, but if I keep scoring goals here then I’m sure that will happen again.”

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