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Tunnicliffe: We Have To Meet High Standards

Midfielder looking for a return to winning ways

16 September 2021

Ryan Tunnicliffe
Photo: Jason Brown

Ryan Tunnicliffe insists that Pompey are working hard to meet the high standards the squad have set themselves.

A bright start to the season saw them hit top spot after the opening three games, but the club have faltered slightly in recent weeks.

Three successive games on the road have yielded just a single point, with narrow losses at Wigan and MK Dons following a draw in Doncaster.

Now the Blues are returning to Fratton Park for back-to-back home fixtures – starting with Cambridge on Saturday.

And Tunnicliffe knows that that the goal tally has to improve if they are to start climbing back up the table.

The midfielder said: “It’s been a decent start overall, although obviously the two most recent games were disappointing.

“You look at the start of the season and we’ve had six away games, but just two at home. We’ve got two more coming up, though, so hopefully we can pick up some points.

"There was a meeting on Monday and we put some rules in place – values that we’re going to stick to."

Ryan Tunnicliffe

“To lose both of the last couple by a single goal was a real kick in the teeth, because although we weren’t at our best, we performed quite well.

“We haven’t scored for a while, but we are creating chances and perhaps aren’t getting that little bit of luck at the moment.

“We’ll keep getting forward as much as possible and I’m sure they’ll start flying into the net for us sooner or later.

“There was a meeting on Monday and we put some rules in place – values that we’re going to stick to and making sure we get those standards high.

“Our aim is for three points on Saturday and the expectations at a club like this means you have to go out looking to win every game.”

Tunnicliffe has been used in an advanced midfield role just behind striker John Marquis for the two most recent matches.

He said: “As long as I’m playing, I don’t really care where I am. That’s where the manager wanted me and I’m happy to do a job for the team.

“It’s more attacking and gets me closer to the net, although I’m an all-rounder and like to do my bit defensively as well.”

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