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Curtis: We Deserved More

Goalscorer's frustration at Bristol Rovers draw

26 October 2019

Ronan Curtis celebrates with Ross McCrorie after scoring for Pompey at Bristol Rovers
Photo: Graham Hunt

Ronan Curtis was left cursing Pompey’s misfortune as they had two points snatched from them at the death at Bristol Rovers.

The winger headed home John Marquis’ cross to double the visitors’ lead after Gareth Evans had earlier converted a penalty.

But Alex Rodman reduced the Pirates’ deficit and an unlucky own-goal in stoppage-time ensured a draw, with the ball bouncing down off the bar and going in off the back of Craig MacGillivray’s head.

And Curtis felt that the Blues had done enough to claim victory with their all-round display at the Memorial Stadium.

He said: “We’d battered a good Bristol Rovers side for most of the game and deserved to come away with the win.

“But they scored a late equaliser and that’s really tough to take, especially because it’s an own-goal that’s come off Ross McCrorie’s knee, the bar and then Craig’s head.

"We passed and moved, creating quite a few chances. It was an all-round good performance."

Ronan Curtis

“The luck’s just not there for us at the moment, but we have to keep doing what we’re doing and I’m sure things will start falling for us.

“I felt that we linked up really well, from the defence to the front four. We passed and moved, creating quite a few chances. It was an all-round good performance.

“We’re still in the early stages of the season. We’ve got the players and staff who are capable of turning it around.”

Curtis was handed his first League One start since the home win against Bolton almost exactly one month earlier.

He said: “I haven't had one for a few weeks, so I was glad to get on the scoresheet and help the lads out.

“John put in a great cross and I wasn’t going to miss from that far out. I’ve been working hard in training and was pleased to get the chance.

“I want to be in the team and am always looking to get goals and assists to help get the results we want.

“You go through spells when you’re in top form and then hit a drought, so hopefully this is the start of some good form for me.”

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