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Thompson: Character Will Be Needed

Midfielder looking to build on winning run at Gillingham

25 November 2021

Louis Thompson
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey’s long unbeaten run means it has now been more than a month since they last tasted defeat.

And although the play-off places are within reach, Louis Thompson is not looking any further than Saturday’s League One trip to Gillingham.

Sean Raggett’s suspension and injuries to Clark Robertson and Paul Downing mean the Blues are light at the back.

So Thompson wants to see more of the spirit that has seen them emerge victorious from each of the past five fixtures.

The midfielder said: “We want to keep the momentum going – that’s the most important thing when you’re on a run like we are.

“It can become tough to stop and so all our focus is just on ticking off each game as they come along, starting with Gillingham.

“You always know what you’re going to get with them and so we know our performance will have to be right up there.

"We want to keep the momentum going – that’s the most important thing when you’re on a run like we are."

Louis Thompson

“We’re obviously short on centre-backs at the moment, but we have to adapt and stand up to the challenge.

“There were a lot of players missing at Wycombe and we faced that adversity, so we need to see that character once again.

“The fans will play their part and they’ve been absolutely incredible for us – for so many to make the journey to Lincoln on Tuesday night certainly didn’t go unnoticed.

“We were able to give them a performance they could really enjoy and we want it to be the same at Gillingham.”

Thompson has been eased into the action since arriving over the summer, but has made three league starts this month.

He said: “I’m feeling good and it’s all about rhythm for me, so I’m enjoying the opportunity to get more minutes out on the pitch.

“There have been a few more appearances and I’m loving it, but now I have to keep it going with so many games coming up.”

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