Giant-slayer eyes another cup scalp

Pompey attacker Marc McNulty, centre   Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey attacker Marc McNulty, centre Picture: Joe Pepler

MARC McNULTY’s had a taste of giant-killing.

Now he’s hungry for more as Pompey go to Ipswich Town tomorrow in the FA Cup.

There’s no reason not to believe we can’t go there and do it.

Marc McNulty

Paul Cook’s side turn their attention to the famous, old tournament for the trip to Portman Road.

The Blues will be aiming to make it to the fourth round for the first time since their run to Wembley in 2010.

They know they have a stiff challenge in front of them in the shape of Mick McCarthy’s promotion-chasing Championship side.

The Tractor Boys have lost one of their past six fixtures and just two of their past 13 games.

But McNulty is tackling the game in fearless mood.

The 23-year-old was the man who got the decisive goal as his parent club, Sheffield United, dumped Southampton out of the Capital One Cup last season.

Now he’s after more of the same as his side pit their wits against opponents 46 places above them in the league ladder.

McNulty said: ‘Sometimes it’s good to get away from the league.

‘It’s nice going to a team in the Championship, who are doing well, and testing ourselves against them.

‘It’s going to be good to test ourselves against players from a club the size of Ipswich.

‘We’re confident we can do well.

‘It’s a little bit different.

‘I’ve been in a Sheffield United side who have done well in the cup against Premier League teams over the last year or so.

‘We’ve managed to do quite well, and I don’t see why it shouldn’t be the same for Portsmouth.

‘There’s always upsets.

‘They are a very good team, but so are we.

‘There’s no reason not to believe we can’t go there and do it.

‘The players are confident they can do it.’

As expected on Monday, McNulty extended his loan move to Fratton Park until the end of the season.

And the attacking talent also revealed he is open to making his stay from parent club, Sheffield United, a permanent one.

Blades boss, Nigel Adkins, is saying that isn’t an option after McNulty’s six goals in 11 appearances.

The former Livingston man has quickly settled into the area, however, and made it clear he would like to remain for the long haul given the chance.

McNulty said: ‘I’m loving it here and feel at home.

‘I’ve settled down with my girlfriend, Jade in Whiteley.

‘I’m quite close to Michael Doyle and he has helped me settle in.

‘It’s not just Michael, though, it’s the club in general.

‘It’s Mark Catlin to the gaffer, the coaches and the players.

‘It helps for you to settle in.

‘If you are settled off the park it shows in your football on it. I don’t think I’ve done too badly so far.

‘Me and Lavs (Caolan Lavery) both came in.

‘It’s taking a bit of time, but we are starting to show what we can do.

‘I’ve no doubt we’ll get stronger and stronger as the season goes on.’