The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Rich Dore

PORTSMOUTH for­ward Kal Nai­smith reck­ons he’s in the best form of his ca­reer – and hopes it can help Pom­pey se­cure pro­mo­tion.

Nai­smith, 25, pro­duced a goal and an as­sist in a manof-the-match per­for­mance at Hartlepool last week, his third goal in as many games.

The Scot­tish for­ward was on the trans­fer list last sum­mer but things have turned around and he has be­come a key com­po­nent of third-placed Pom­pey’s pro­mo­tion push.

The for­mer Rangers man is en­joy­ing life at Frat­ton Park and is con­fi­dent he can con­tinue his good form on the South Coast.

“It’s the best form of my ca­reer, I’d say so – and I’ve been in good form be­fore,’ said Nai­smith.

“I got 11 goals at Accrington, but we were bat­tling at the op­po­site end of the ta­ble.

“To be at a club like Portsmouth, do­ing it an im­por­tant time of the sea­son in a pro­mo­tion bat­tle, is good.

“So far in my ca­reer, it’s the best run I’ve had. Hope­fully, I can make it bet­ter and bet­ter.”

Nai­smith’s first sea­son at the club in­cluded a loan spell at Hartlepool, but his turn­around in form has even led to talk of a call-up to the Scot­land squad.

Nai­smith, though, is fully fo­cused on claim­ing a place in the top three and fin­ish­ing off the job Pom­pey have started.

“We haven’t done any­thing yet, but we’re in a good po­si­tion and we’re look­ing for­ward to what comes next. We’re look­ing for­ward to the next game,” he said.

“We have to look to fin­ish in the best po­si­tion we pos­si­bly can. If we could catch Ply­mouth (in sec­ond), then happy days. They are a very good side.

“We just have to keep con­cen­trat­ing game by game now.

“It’s look­ing at each match. We know we’ve got a job to do.”

POS­I­TIVE: Kal Nai­smith

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