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Carson: We Need A Response

15 November 2013

Keeper says Pompey have to put things right after Newport humbling

It was a defensive horror show at Newport in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.

But Trevor Carson does not want any Pompey player feeling sorry for themself.

The Blues conceded three sloppy goals as they crashed to a disappointing defeat in south Wales.

And Carson knows that they have to put the performance behind them quickly if they want to beat AFC Wimbledon in the league this weekend.

The goalkeeper said: “Newport is not a game we want to dwell on. We sat down and watched it on Wednesday and it wasn’t pretty.

“We were all at sea as a back five – it was one of those nights. The first goal had a knock-on effect on the rest of the game.

“But these things happen in football. You have to learn from it and be big enough to accept the mistakes you made.

“I’ve talked about it with Bondz and Sonny and we’ve discussed what we can do better, so we’re working on putting things right.

“I tend not to get too high when things are going well, but then I also don’t beat myself up when they’re not.

“You’re not human if these things don’t matter, but you have to be mentally strong and put it to the back of your mind and we’re looking to put things right on Saturday.

“If we mope about and feel sorry for ourselves then we’ll soon be a goal down. Instead we have to pick ourselves up.

“It’s a compact ground at Wimbledon and there will be a good atmosphere. We’ll have a good following and it should be a great game.” 

Carson has helped Pompey to a five-match unbeaten run in the league, but is not resting on his laurels.

He said: “I’m still only 25 and I’m always looking to get better. There are lots of things that I can improve on and I work hard every day in training.

“I’ve made a couple of mistakes that I’m not happy with. Most players are perfectionists and I’m no different.”

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