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Turning A Corner

Thompson confident ahead of Blackburn clash

13 February 2018

Pompey defender Nathan Thompson

It is a period of the season that could prove crucial for Pompey’s play-off hopes.

And Nathan Thompson knows that a run of victories is required if they are to claim a top six spot in League One.

The Blues host Blackburn in the second of five fixtures in the space of 15 days, having won at MK Dons on Saturday.

High-flying Rovers are likely to pose a stern test at Fratton Park, but Thompson is not lacking in belief.

He said: “We haven’t got the rub of the green recently, but hopefully we’ve turned a corner after Saturday’s result.

“It’s so vital that we pick up as many points as we can in this period and really cement ourselves in the upper part of the table.

"We need to find some consistency, but we’ll be full of confidence going into the next game."

Nathan Thompson

“It’s about two-thirds of the way through the season now, so there are some really big matches coming up.

“We need to find some consistency, but we’ll be full of confidence going into the next game that we can get the win.

“Blackburn have got quality throughout their squad, but you expect exactly that from a team of their size.

“Of course it will be tough for us, although I think they’ll be coming down here thinking the same thing because our home record has been good overall.”

A lack of fit central players has seen Thompson make a seamless move further forward from his usual right-back role.

He explained: “It was a position that I flirted with when I was at Swindon, but I hadn’t really played in a two-man midfield before.

“I enjoy putting my body on the line and it suits my style of play. With age you start to understand those different positions on the pitch a bit more.”

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