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Whatmough: We Need To Bounce Back

Defender looking for response to Gillingham defeat

26 December 2018

Jack Whatmough
Photos: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The fact that it took until Boxing Day for Pompey to suffer a league loss this season is fairly impressive.

But Jack Whatmough hopes that a 2-0 reverse at Gillingham will prove to be a mere blip for the Blues.

They soon have a chance to get back on track, with a long trip north to Fleetwood coming up at the weekend.

And following a Priestfield performance that saw Pompey dominate without finding the net, Whatmough wants them to find a clinical edge.

The centre-back said: “We didn’t really look like scoring and credit must go to Gillingham because they’ve done the double over us this season.

“Now we have to bounce back and there’s another game on Saturday which gives us the chance to do just that.

"It’s our first loss on the road and we want to get back on track."

Jack Whatmough

“You can dominate the ball as much as you like, but the important thing is scoring goals and they took their chance.

“I gave away a penalty at the end when we were chasing – and it was a penalty – and they were able to wrap it up.

“We know that we needed to take more of our chances and it didn’t come for us – the same as when we played them at home.

“The important now is to look forward and focus on another tough fixture ahead of us at the weekend.

“We’re still in a great position and have done well throughout the season. It’s our first loss on the road and we want to get back on track.”

Pompey will likely be without Nathan Thompson at Highbury, with the right-back limping off with a hamstring problem.

Whatmough said: “He’s a massive player for us, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it’s not as bad an injury as it might be.

“Whether he’s out for a week or a month it’s a blow because he’s a big part of our back four and has plenty of experience.”

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