Marc McNulty gets Pompey injury all-clear

Marc McNulty has been given the all-clear to feature for Pompey tomorrow night.

The striker was forced off with a head injury at Carlisle on Saturday following an awful collision while defending a corner.

Marc McNulty celebrates his goal against Carlisle before a head injury forced him off Picture: Joe Pepler

Marc McNulty celebrates his goal against Carlisle before a head injury forced him off Picture: Joe Pepler

It ended a 10-minute cameo as a substitute which also yielded his first Blues goal.

However, no concussion was involved and the loanee from Sheffield United was today back in training.

Now Paul Cook will consider him for selection for tomorrow night’s visit of struggling York (7.45pm).

Pompey’s boss said: ‘The physio wanted Marc off at that stage, you can’t argue with the physios.

When you travel to Carlisle you want to see signs that the future is going to be okay, I think you saw that in our performance there

Paul Cook

‘Marc wanted to stay on, which was great credit to him.

‘If you do put him back on and he’s not right that is not a good thing so he came off and went straight back into the dressing room.

‘He took a heavy bang, it wasn’t a good challenge, but he seems to be fine and trained today.

‘He’s a natural finisher, we have to make sure we balance our team in the right way to get these lads on the pitch.’

Brunton Park was McNulty’s third appearance since joining the club, although Caolan Lavery is expected to retain his place tomorrow night in the 4-2-3-1 system.

The Northern Ireland under-21 international also got himself on the scoresheet in the 2-2 draw.

Pompey were cruelly denied a victory through Danny Grainger’s equaliser five minutes into stoppage-time.

Regardless, Cook has taken plenty of positives over the performance, in particular the first-half showing.

He added: ‘It is how I want us to play, but with the penetration. At the minute we are lacking a little bit of that, but the more we stay on that page and work on it the better we are going to be.

‘Our supporters travelling home on Saturday will have been disappointed but not disheartened.

‘When you travel to Carlisle you want to see signs that the future is going to be okay, I think you saw that in our performance there.

‘We go away trying to win a game – just like we do at home. Unless teams want to get involved in a game then it can be frustrating at times.

‘We are not more relaxed away from home, not at all, it’s about believing in how the game should be played.

‘We must frustrate them by having the ball, if you are a supporter and the other team have the ball you get agitated.

‘On Saturday, I had never seen such a one-sided first half.’