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Naylor Revels In Goal Glut

Skipper netted a stunning strike against King's Lynn

28 November 2020

Tom Naylor celebrates scoring for Pompey against King's Lynn at Fratton Park in the Emirates FA Cup
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Tom Naylor has not previously been known for his goalscoring prowess at Pompey.

But the skipper took his seasonal tally to five strikes with a stunning effort against King’s Lynn in the Emirates FA Cup.

The ball flew into the top corner off the underside bar to give the Blues a 2-0 lead at Fratton Park – and they went on to enjoy a comfortable 6-1 victory.

Naylor has now netted four times in his past five appearances and is hoping he can keep contributing.

The midfielder said: “It was a nice feeling when it left the boot and I knew it was heading for the top corner – it always looks nicer when it goes in off the bar.

“I’ve scored a few recently and that’s probably one of the best of my whole career, although there’s not too many.

"I don’t really practice my shooting following training like the strikers do. I don’t think I need to at the minute!"

Tom Naylor

“I tried to caress it and I’m over the moon with the strike – I think I showed that with my celebration afterwards.

“In all honesty, I don’t really practice my shooting following training like the strikers do. I don’t think I need to at the minute!

“After scoring three in three, the aim was to get six for the season, so hopefully I can keep going, although double figures might be a bit out of my depth.

“It was a professional performance overall and that’s something we spoke about before the game because we knew King’s Lynn would put up a fight.

“There were stages of the match when they made it difficult for us, but we overcame that and showed what we’re capable of.”

Naylor is hoping Pompey will be paired with the Premier League champions in Monday’s third round draw.

He said: “I’ll take Liverpool away. I’m a fan, so it would be nice to play at Anfield, even if there are no supporters allowed to attend.”


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