Mendez-Laing pledges more of the same for Pompey

Debutant Nathaniel Mendez-Laing takes on veteran Andy Griffin  Picture: Oliver Zee
Debutant Nathaniel Mendez-Laing takes on veteran Andy Griffin Picture: Oliver Zee

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is adamant there is more of the same to come from him following his eye-catching Pompey debut.

The 20-year-old turned in a man-of-the-match performance against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

It was an instant impact from the youngster, who joined on a month’s loan only last Thursday.

His strong running and direct wing play was a bright spot to emerge from a depressing sixth defeat in a row for the Blues.

Mendez-Laing will keep his place for tonight’s visit of Leyton Orient.

And he’s desperate to keep proving his worth to Pompey fans.

He said: ‘I thought I did well on Saturday.

‘That’s my game – getting the ball and getting at defenders – and hopefully I can keep doing that.

‘It’s not really any good if we are not going to win or score, so I need to either try to score or create.

‘I tend to usually get the ball in the box if I can’t beat the player and try to get a shot off myself. I did that a few times, too, on Saturday.

‘I think you saw on Saturday, I like to get the ball, take on defenders, get crosses in the box and cut inside.

‘With the ball at my feet I am a creative player.

‘I would say I’m more likely to take the defender on, but if I see someone else in a better position then obviously I will look to set them in.

‘I think I did well against Doncaster, to be honest.

‘Getting man of the match was a buzz as well and I’m happy with that.’

Mendez-Laing arrived at Peterborough from Wolves only in the summer. Yet it swiftly turned sour at London Road after he was found to have breached club discipline and told he had no future at the club.

‘I was at Wolves and still had a year left on my contract,’ added Mendez-Laing

‘The aim was playing first-team football and, with a new manager coming, I didn’t really want to risk not being in the team.

‘Peterborough put a bid in for me for the second year running and I thought I would go.

‘I went there and had a hamstring injury, but when I came back I did well. For some reason I got dropped and things haven’t been too well from there.

‘I just needed to get out and play some games.’