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Thompson: Change The Mindset

Defender interviewed in Fleetwood programme

20 October 2018

Fleetwood Programme

Nathan Thompson believes Pompey need a different approach for games at Fratton Park.

The Blues have dropped just two points on the road all season and yet failed to win any of their past three home fixtures.

Supporters will be hoping that can change soon, with Fleetwood and Burton visiting the south coast in the space of a few days.

And Thompson knows Pompey have to work harder to break teams down who are happy to frustrate.

“You set the benchmark high when you win six of your seven away matches – it’s a fantastic return,” he says in the official matchday magazine for today’s contest with the Cod Army.

“Teams come to Fratton Park and naturally raise their level. Us and Sunderland get the biggest attendances in this league and if you can’t get motivated for games like that, then I don’t know what you can get motivated for.

"It’s about changing the mindset to realise that we’re a big fish in this pond and most sides will be happy to leave here with a point."

Nathan Thompson

“Clubs are probably also planning to sit back and try to hit us on the counter-attack. Their fans won’t be happy with that tactic when they’re at home, which gives us the opportunity to use our pace to exploit those gaps.

“It’s about changing the mindset to realise that we’re a big fish in this pond and most sides will be happy to leave here with a point. We need to find more ways to break them down.”

To read the full interview – where Thompson also talks about consistency and how is happy to fulfil an unfashionable role in the team – pick up a copy of the magazine from programme sellers around the ground.

Also in issue nine, Ben Thompson reveals his firsts and lasts, while Joe Mason has his general knowledge put to the test.

Fans can read exclusive columns from Mark Catlin, Kenny Jackett and Brett Pitman, while we continue to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pompey’s first top-flight title success with a detailed look at the 1948/49 campaign.

There is also an in-depth analysis of Fleetwood, an interview with former Blues and Cod Army full-back Larry Milligan and much, much more in a packed 84 pages.

And remember not to miss an issue this season, with the spine of magazine revealing a fantastic picture as the campaign progresses.

You can pick up your copy for just £3 from programme sellers around the ground.

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