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Thompson: They're All Must-Win

Defender says only victory will do against Charlton

20 April 2018

Pompey defender Nathan Thompson

Nathan Thompson insists Pompey have to take maximum points from their final three matches.

They are currently sitting a single point outside the top six with games against Charlton, Bury and Peterborough remaining.

A midweek loss at Bradford ended a six-match unbeaten run and means the Blues’ fate is not entirely in their own hands.

But whatever happens elsewhere, Thompson knows that victory over the fifth-placed Addicks at Fratton Park on Saturday is a must.

The defender said: “I think the last three games were always going to be ‘must-win’ and Tuesday’s result makes that even more true.

“It was frustrating at Bradford because of our previous results and the position we’d got in. We let ourselves down a bit.

"It doesn’t take much motivation to get up for games like this – look at what happened against Wigan."

Nathan Thompson

“I’ve said before that I think a club this size should be challenging for the play-offs, especially with the momentum from last season.

“But we had a sticky patch at the turn of the year and started to fall away a bit, so it’s not bad that we’re still within touching distance.

“It doesn’t take much motivation to get up for games like this – look at what happened against Wigan in the last home match.”

Pompey have already secured two 1-0 victories over Charlton this season, beating them at The Valley in both the league and Checkatrade Trophy.

Thompson said: “They’re in a similar situation to us and I’m sure those results will prey on their minds a bit.

“Sometimes when you’re at home and the opposition’s coming at you a bit more, it can open the game up.

“That could play into our hands because we’ve got a lot of speed on the counter-attack. It might suit us.”

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