Fuller: It's been tough
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth striker Ricardo Fuller admits he has found The Premiership tough going.Portsmouth striker Ricardo Fuller admits he has found The Premiership tough going but remains happy to plough a lone furrow at Fratton Park.
Fuller joined Pompey from Preston North End last August but has mustered just one goal in the top flight in 21 appearances, 10 of which have been as a substitute.
The Jamaica international has primarily been deployed as the main striker or, more recently, as a substitute for Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
The 25-year-old, who is wanted at Southampton by former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp, concedes playing on his own up front has been difficult.
But Fuller is happy to put his personal plight on the backburner, if his contribution helps Velimir Zajec's side to pick up more points.
"It's been really hard for me," lamented Fuller. "I've never had to play like this before.
"I've come to one of the best leagues in the world. To be playing on my own up front is very difficult.
"It takes time to adapt. But if it earns the club points it's no problem for me. If the coach asks me to play there for 10 more games, I'll do it.
"I haven't been scoring which is really difficult when you're on your own but my work rate is where it should be for the Premier League."
Fuller also acknowledged that he feels he has fully recovered from the knee problems which threatened to ruin his switch to Fratton Park.
"For the last six or seven games it's felt really good," he added. "People see me playing and don't even know my injury situation."