Former Aston Villa striker Milan Baros is aiming to break his goal drought when his old team visit Portsmouth tomorrow.
The Czech international, who scored 14 times in 51 appearances before leaving for Lyon in January last year, moved to Fratton Park in the last transfer window but has not yet scored for Harry Redknapp’s men.
But he produced his best display for the FA Cup semi-finalists on Wednesday night as Pompey edged past Birmingham City 4-2. Now he’s looking to go one better and find the net against Blues’ neighbours and his former employers.
“It's a shame I haven't scored but at least I was involved with some goals against Birmingham,” the 26-year-old said. “I felt good in that match, I thought I did well and I am enjoying it. But I need to start scoring goals now for Portsmouth.
“The team is playing well in the league and we are now in the FA Cup semi-finals, so that is going very well, we are happy with that but for me I want to score goals, it is what I am about and I need to start contributing to the team in that way.
“I am not upset over my form. I feel I have done fine in matches since I arrived here. It would be great to score my first Portsmouth goal against Villa and in front of the home fans, that is what I would like to do.
Baros denied his determination is born out of any ill-feeling towards his old club. Having failed to establish himself in the side following a £6.5 million transfer from Liverpool, he was shipped for considerably less to the Le Championnat outfit.
”It was mutual agreement when I left Villa. I was not part of Martin O'Neill's plans, I have no problems with that. Now I am enjoying myself here and hopefully the goals will come.”