Jake Jervis revealed he was delighted to answer his chief critic after firing Pompey to a much-needed win over Accrington Stanley last night.
The Blues striker netted the winner early in the second half with a low 25-yard shot that found the bottom corner – and immediately went looking for the unidentified home fan who had questioned his work ethic earlier in the game.
But Jervis insisted it was a light-hearted gesture to his doubter as he celebrated his first goal at Fratton Park and his fourth goal in eight games for the club.
‘This guy was giving me stick, telling me I was lazy and to move about a bit more. So I guess I did,’ said Jervis.
‘He said something about me being lazy in the first half and I remembered it.
‘So when I scored I went back looking for him.
‘It was just a normal bloke in his 20s. He went a bit quiet when I came over to him, though.
‘I didn’t let it affect me but I thought it was a nice little reminder to him of what I could do.
‘I wasn’t angry about it. It was more of a laugh, really.
‘The fans have been excellent to me since I arrived here. I’m glad I was able to give them something to shout about.
‘And it was great scoring at the Fratton end.
‘I was talking to Ricky Holmes about it, though.
‘When someone is small and running around, it looks like they are working really hard – but someone taller, it doesn’t look like we are running as much!
‘Anyway, I was delighted we got the win.’
Jervis admitted Accrington keeper Marcus Bettinelli might have done better with the shot but he was certainly not going to complain.
He said: ‘I think the keeper helped me out a bit but I’ll take that.
‘I don’t know exactly what happened. I just saw it in the back of the net and I was off.
‘It was my first goal at Fratton and it was a really good feeling to get it. Hopefully it’s the first of many.’
But perhaps more importantly, it was a night where Pompey answered a few questions after the fierce criticism from their own manager in the aftermath of the 5-1 battering at Scunthorpe on Saturday.
And Jervis felt it was a gutsy response from Pompey.
‘I love proving people wrong,’ he said.
‘As a team, we weren’t good enough at Scunthorpe. Every single one of us knows that.
‘We tried to forget about it and put it right as quickly as possible, so it was good to get the win.
‘I don’t think the confidence was knocked too badly at the weekend.
‘It was a bad result but we got it out of the way and moved on.
‘Now we need to find that consistency and the mentality to win games back-to-back and get ourselves further up the table.
‘The top teams string wins together. They keep rolling on every week and it’s what we need to do.’