JIMMY Keohane is hoping to be the man to benefit from Alan Gow’s departure by becoming Exeter City’s main creative threat.
Gow’s loan move to Bristol Rovers – with Eliot Richards moving in the opposite direction – saw manager Paul Tisdale turn to Keohane on Saturday as the man to unlock’s Portsmouth’s defence in the 1-1 draw at St James’s Park.
The 23-year-old put in an energetic display behind lone frontman Tom Nichols, as a late strike from Liam Sercombe salvaged a point for the Grecians.
And while Keohane admits that losing the Scotsman is a blow to City’s ambitions, he hopes that Tisdale will turn to him again in the future as the man to pull the strings in City’s forward line.
“Alan has been very good for us over the last couple of years and he obviously is a big loss,” said Keohane.
“I suppose he just thought it was time for himself to move on and get a bit more game time.
“I hope it means more playing time for me though. If I do get any, I’ll just look to do what I am good at playing in that position – I will look to be as effective as Alan has been for the last two years.
“I like running in behind Tommy (Nichols), challenging the back four and trying to get people turning and slipping people in.
“I think I did all right against Portsmouth but I have to take chances when they present themselves.”
City did not struggle for creativity in the match against Pompey as they fashioned several openings, only to be denied time and again by goalkeeper Trevor Carson.
And although they did fail to end their six-match winless streak, the draw at least means that the Grecians – who travel to Southend United this Saturday – are now unbeaten in their last three outings.
Echoing his manager’s sentiments, Keohane feels that although City’s need for a victory in 2014 is pressing, three matches without a loss does represent a step in the right direction.
“We think we have turned a corner,” he stated. “We have got three draws and you can look at that a couple of ways – it is three games without a win, but it is also three games unbeaten.
“Mel (Gwinnet, goalkeeping coach) was saying just after the Portsmouth game that we can look at it positively and obviously three games unbeaten is not bad.
“Tis said they are small building blocks and hopefully we can get there and get some wins in the coming weeks. The spirit in the group has been good and we are trying to all rally together.”