FA Cup lucky charm Adam McGurk wants more Pompey cheer

Adam McGurk celebrates his match-winner. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam McGurk celebrates his match-winner. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey’s FA Cup lucky charm is eyeing further success after leading Paul Cook’s side into the third round.

Adam McGurk netted the only goal of the game to inflict a 1-0 defeat on Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Obviously they had the chance right at the end which a team usually gets one last chance, but apart from that it was pretty comfortable

Adam McGurk

Previously the forward netted twice in the 2-1 victory over Macclesfield last month.

The Blues now find themselves in tonight’s third round draw as Premier League and Championship clubs join the action.

McGurk has twice before reached that stage, only to suffer heavy defeats.

In January 2013, he featured for Tranmere in a 5-0 loss at Derby, when Ben Davies was among the scorers.

Then in January 2014, McGurk was part of the Burton Albion side which lost 4-1 at Bournemouth.

And he’s hoping for a different outcome when Pompey discover their third-round opponents.

He said: ‘I haven’t really had many cup runs and haven’t been past the third round.

‘I’ll be looking tonight to see who we will get and hopefully it can be a big team.

‘I’d really like a Premier League team, home or away, that would make a great atmosphere.

‘We deserve our place in the third round, I thought we were good against Accrington on Saturday.

‘We were well organised, we looked threatening, Sparky (Marc McNulty) played well, we looked dangerous in the final third and were unfortunate not to get another couple.

‘Defensively we were a lot more solid and looked to be in control for most of the game.

‘The manager said after the game we were pretty comfortable and even when I was substituted I wasn’t panicking and just enjoyed watching the game.

‘Obviously they had the chance right at the end which a team usually gets one last chance but apart from that it was pretty comfortable.

‘We showed Accrington respect and it was blustery at times, so hard to get the ball down but I think we looked threatening.

‘Now we can look to the next round.’

The decisive moment arrived in the 21st minute when McNulty surged down the right and crossed.

The ball found its way to the far post where the unmarked McGurk produced a left-foot finish.

It was the 26-year-old’s sixth goal of the season, making him Pompey’s joint-top scorer with Conor Chaplin.

He added: ‘Sparky’s put in a good ball and Benno has made a great run to the front post which took the two defenders and I’ve put it in.

‘A second would have calmed it down and I should have scored in the second half from Sparky’s pass when the ball was bobbling as it came across.

‘I should have perhaps taken a touch but I just wanted to hit the target.

‘I haven’t fully hit it properly and the keeper made a save with his legs but thankfully we still won.’