Portsmouth midfielder Cameron McGheean has been voted as the Leasing.com Trophy Quarter-Final Player of the Round, following an impressive performance against Scunthorpe United.
The 24-year-old - who is on loan from Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley, scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Fratton Park to set up a Semi-Final clash against Exeter City for Pompey this evening.
“It is a really nice feeling to know that people are voting for you in these type of things,” he said on receiving the award.
"I want to make sure that I keep going and continue playing the best football that I possibly can, but it it really nice to get a bit of personal recognition.”
Adjusting to life on the South Coast, Portsmouth's Quarter-Final tie against Scunthorpe United was the game in which McGeehan announced himself as a Pompey player.
Prompting and probing behind John Marquis, he secured Portsmouth’s passage into the Semi-Finals with a fine finish on the run for the winning goal. Tonight Kenny Jackett's side face Exeter City and are looking to become the first side in EFL Trophy history to reach back-to-back finals.
“It was good to score my first goal for Portsmouth in the last round,” he continued. It's always nice to score, especially as it is a big part of my game. I'm desperate to score again tonight and progress to the Final.”
Exeter have never progressed further than the Semi-Finals in the EFL Trophy, and with the Grecians flying high in League Two at the moment, Portsmouth will have to be at their best to stop Matt Taylor’s side.
“Tonight’s game is a really big game for us but it will be a difficult one,” he continued. "We want to win and progress and get back to Wembley. It’s important to the club.
“You never know in football when or if you will ever play at Wembley, obviously this competition gives you the opportunity to do that. The atmosphere from the Portsmouth fans at the Final last season was brilliant and we want that again.”
McGeehan’s decision to join Portsmouth was largely down to the calibre of manager in Kenny Jackett, who led the club to success in this competition last season.
“I am really enjoying my time down here,” he went on to say. “I'm back down south, back towards home as well, so everything seems to be clicking for me at the moment. I’m really enjoying my time here.
“The manager is fantastic. He knows how to get out of this league, they came very close last season. He's managed higher up in the English game and has managed big clubs his entire career, it's one of the reasons I wanted to come here - I can learn a lot from him."
Portsmouth take on Exeter City in the Semi-Finals of the Leasing.com Trophy tonight, 7.45pm kick-off. You can follow all the action on Twitter via @LeasingcomTrphy.