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Shorey: Now Or Never

4 April 2014

Defender says Pompey aren't safe yet

It was a result that lifted fans and players alike.

And Nicky Shorey hopes Pompey can build on their Newport triumph when they host Hartlepool this weekend.

The Blues have failed to win successive league matches this season – and last managed the feat in March 2013.

But Shorey believes that they are not assured League Two survival yet, despite a much improved performance at Rodney Parade.

“It’s difficult to know why our previous results weren’t as good”, he says in the official matchday magazine for Saturday’s clash. “At times we’ve played well, but just haven’t scored or have conceded a soft goal.

“Maybe there was just a realisation about where we were and it was a case of ‘now or never’.

“There aren’t many games left now and no-one wants to suffer the consequences of failure. The previous manager departing probably brought all that home to roost.

“It’s still a sticky situation, but hopefully the result will spur us on to secure safety as quickly as possible.

“Winning does a lot to improve confidence, but we’re in a position where we can’t just stop now – we need to go again and collect back-to-back league wins, which we haven’t managed to do this season.”

You can read the full interview – where Shorey also talks about why he chose to join Pompey in January – in Saturday’s programme.

Issue 23 is another packed edition with a double-sided pull-out poster and collectable player cards.

Also in the perfect-bound 84-page publication, Danny Hollands discusses his firsts, we take an in-depth look at Hartlepool and there are exclusive columns from Andy Awford and Johnny Ertl.

Saturday’s matchday magazine is available to buy from programme sellers around Fratton Park and is great value at just £3.

You can also download the programme for £2.99 to read on your iPhone or iPad. Download the free Matchday Digital app from the iTunes store, find the Pompey section and follow the instructions. Click here for more information.

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