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Guy Wants Fortress Fratton

19 September 2013

Boss looking to build on Burton victory against high-flying Fleetwood

Pompey are unbeaten on their League Two travels this term.

But now Guy Whittingham wants to see his side show what they can do on their own patch.

The Blues host Fleetwood on Saturday on the back of last week’s impressive 2-1 victory at Burton.

And with two defeats from their three home fixtures, Whittingham is eager to see Fratton Park become a fortress once more.

The Blues boss said: “The win at Burton was fantastic, but it will be an even better result if we can follow it up by winning at home.

“We’ve been looking to get that balance right between scoring goals and being difficult to beat and that’s starting to happen.

“Right from the start we said it would take time for the team to gel and we’re happy with where we are.

“But there’s always room for improvement and that’s what we’ll keep striving to do.

“It’s also worth remembering that in both the home games we lost, we had to play with 10 men for a long period.”

Johnny Ertl and David Connolly have both been sent off at Fratton Park this season, while Yassin Moutaouakil saw red at Burton.

But Whittingham insists that his side do not have a discipline problem.

He said: “I looked at the Football League website before the last game and we had given the least amount of fouls away, while not picking up many yellow cards.

“There isn’t a problem with our discipline as a team, but people will look in from the outside, see the red cards and think there is.

“Two of those red cards were fair, but they were because of individual errors and players have to remember to keep their heads.”

Fleetwood currently sit third in the League Two table, having won five of their opening seven matches.

Whittingham said: “They’re a strong side who play attractive football and will be full of confidence.

“They’ve spent a bit of money, but their manager Graham Alexander has got a good group of players and I expect them to be right up there come the end of the season.”

Joe Devera is likely to miss Saturday's game with a hamstring problem, while Yassin Moutaouakil starts a three-match ban.

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