Connor Ripley knows he is fighting to win his place back for tomorrow’s game against league leaders Portsmouth.
The Middlesbrough loan stopper has sat out a three-game ban following his sending off at Shrewsbury.
Jonny Maxted has come in as the Reds have chalked up two wins and a defeat and the battle is on for the No. 1 spot.
“It’s been absolutely horrible sitting out the three games,” said Ripley. “I am still upset about the sending off but it happens and it’s in the past now.
“You just feel powerless when you are watching and can’t do anything to help but Jonny has done amazing.
“Jonny has put extra pressure on me now but he is a great goalkeeper and that’s what I expect. It is hard as there is only one goalkeeping position and we both want it.”
If Ripley is back tomorrow he knows it will be a good atmosphere at the Wham Stadium, with Pompey bringing over 1,000 fans.
“Nothing is set in stone, I am not taking anything for granted so I will have to wait until the team is announced tomorrow. I can have no complaints no matter what happens.
“Jonny kept a clean sheet against one of the top scorers in the league Peterborough and he, and the team, has done well.
“If I do start, I will relish playing in front of a big crowd, I like it. It adds to the game.”
- Full interview with Jonny Maxted in tomorrow’s matchday programme.