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Carson: Time To Turn Nasty

14 December 2013

Keeper wants Pompey to toughen up

Trevor Carson says Pompey need to toughen up.

A 2-0 defeat against Newport means they have now gone eight matches since last tasting victory.

Michael Flynn’s second half brace was enough for the visitors to head back to Wales with all three points.

And Carson believes the Blues’ dressing room needs to turn nasty if Pompey are to arrest their slide down the League Two table.

The keeper said: “We’re just too easy to beat the moment – especially at Fratton Park. We’re getting turned over too many times and we have to turn that around.

“There was a fresh feel about the place, but it’s the same old story and I’m a bit lost for words.

“Training has been top drawer, so there can be no excuses. Every avenue has been covered and the boys were buzzing before the game.

“Maybe it’s too nice a dressing room. We’re a quiet team generally and we just crumbled when the first goal went in.

“There was no-one grabbing people and telling everyone to keep their concentration and stay in the game.

“There are big boys there who you wouldn’t like to mess with, but they seem scared to drag it out of others.

“A few minutes later and I’m picking the ball out of the net again. We need to change our mentality.

“The new manager’s a strong personality, so hopefully these things can change.”

Carson knows that Pompey could get dragged into a battle at the bottom of the table if they don’t turn their form around soon.

He said: “There are a lot of fans to please, so we need to roll our sleeves up because there’s a busy schedule coming up.

“There’s no two ways about it – we’re in a fight. You can harp on all you like about the play-offs, but we just need to get out of this mess we’re in”

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