Romain’s patience conquers testing time

Romain Padovani on the ball against Dagenham. Picture: Joe Pepler
Romain Padovani on the ball against Dagenham. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Romain Padovani admitted frustration at his stint on the sidelines but promised: I knew I’d get my chance.

Padovani returned to the first-team picture against Dagenham and Redbridge on Boxing Day with the decisive goal and a man-of-the-match performance.

That was the 24-year-old’s first league start since August and ended a testing period for him.

Padovani said: ‘I was happy to get an opportunity and I think I took my chance.

‘I think I showed what I can do on the pitch.

‘Now it’s the manager’s choice. We won and hopefully I will get a chance to play more games.

‘Sometimes it’s frustrating, it’s true.

‘But in football you can have times where you don’t play for a few months and then you have one chance. You have to take it.

‘You have to be ready for that. I am ready.’

Padovani explained he was confident he would get his chance under new boss Richie Barker

But he wasn’t expecting constant playing time after only arriving in English football this summer.

Padovani said: ‘It was difficult for me because I didn’t play for a long time.

‘But I knew I would have a chance with the new manager.

‘I never thought I had made a mistake.

‘When something isn’t working, my philosophy is not to give up and leave.

‘You have to try again and keep working. If in one or two years and it’s not working, then you might have to think “it’s not working”.

‘But it’s my first few months in England.

‘I tried to keep going and to stay strong in my mind.

‘I wanted to wait for my chance.’

A crowd of 15,192 were present for the game on Boxing Day, with just 244 away fans. Padovani praised the Fratton crowd.

He said: ‘We have the chance to play at home again against Northampton now.

‘To have those fans behind us is great. After the past month, when we have lost a few games, you come out and see so many supporters at the game. It’s fantastic.

‘The fans deserved a win and I was glad to give it to them.’