Defender’s message after defeat at Roots Hall
Defeat at Southend was Pompey’s third in succession in League Two.
Goals from Barry Corr and Shaquile Coulthirst inflicted the latest loss in a largely uninspiring contest at Roots Hall.
But Nicky Shorey insists that the Blues know what they have to do in order to put things right.
He said: “I don’t think we’re doing too much wrong at the moment – we just need to keep believing in what we’re trying to do.
The left-back – who skippered the side in the absence of Ben Chorley and Johnny Ertl – says Pompey have to keep things simple.
Shorey said: “We know we can do better and I’m sure we will – hopefully starting on Tuesday.
Pompey have chance to put things right when Dagenham & Redbridge visit Fratton Park next week.
“The gaffer and coaching staff are very level-headed. They’ll let us know where we went wrong and what we can do to improve.”
“Football’s quite simple really – we just have to show more desire to score at one end and keep them out at the other.
“We need to take more care on the ball to keep possession better and be more clinical in both boxes.
“Then we were pushing forward in search of an equaliser and they picked us off for the second.
“It’s always disappointing to concede from a set-piece and that set us back.
“We looked pretty solid and it was an even game until they scored their opening goal. “We need to make a good start to get the crowd on our side early. It’s a massive game and we want to bounce back.”