Portsmouth winger Marcus Harness has looked ahead to his side’s opening League One fixture with Shrewsbury Town with optimism after the 2-0 EFL Trophy win over Colchester United.
The midweek fixture against Colchester offered Pompey boss Kenny Jackett the chance to further prepare for the opening league game of the season.
A good performance saw the Fratton Park outfit secure a 2-0 victory with 24-year-old Harness bagging a brace in the space of a minute during the first half.
Portsmouth, who lost out to Oxford United in the play-off semi-final this summer, suffered a second consecutive failure to gain promotion from League One to the Championship and the pressure is on Jackett to go one better this time round.
With the successful EFL Cup win, Harness opted to deflect attention away from a potential cup run, claiming that focus must be on the league this term.
“We have still got to play the final last year, but we need to focus on the league this year,” he said following the win against Colchester as quoted by Hampshire LIVE.
“I know in the last two seasons, even the one when I wasn’t here, the club has done well in the cups, and maybe it has affected the season in the league.
“But we want to go up to the Championship. There always is going to be other clubs pushing for promotion, but hopefully we can do a bit better in certain areas and that will be enough.
“The team is looking much more like a team than we were last season, and I am sure we will do well come Saturday and for the rest of the season with the busy schedule.”
Since arriving at Portsmouth, Harness has appeared 38 times, netting an impressive 10 goals and gaining 6 assists and Jackett will be hoping he can continue that form through the new season.
Marcus Harness is somewhat of a under-rated entity at Portsmouth but his record in terms of goals and assists for Pompey is impressive.
With no transfer activity to bolster Jackett’s attacking options, Harness could be key to promotion this term and he has got off to the perfect start with his brace against Colchester. As he says, the league must be the south coast club’s priority this term.
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