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Mousinho: Great Win, But We'll Stay Grounded

Boss reflects on victory at Leyton Orient

12 August 2023

John Mousinho
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Fixture News

Mousinho: Great Win, But We'll Stay Grounded

Boss reflects on victory at Leyton Orient

12 August 2023

Four goals, three points and a clean sheet – all away from home. If a certain brand of lager did away days…

Goals from Marlon Pack and Colby Bishop gave Pompey a commanding interval lead at reigning League Two champions Leyton Orient.

Omar Beckles then found his own net early in the second half before Kusini Yengi wrapped up a 4-0 victory from the penalty spot to leave the away fans dancing in the stands.

John Mousinho was not about to rain on their parade, although still felt there was plenty of room for improvement.

The Blues boss said: “I don’t want to be too critical, but it was a case of everyone coming in for the break knowing that we weren’t good enough.

“We were two goals ahead off the back of being really sloppy. We looked a bit leggy and tired – we just weren’t at it.

“I thought we were a bit fortunate to be in the position we were, but the response to that was so pleasing.

"We don’t want to dampen everything down because it was a well deserved result and we have to take confidence from that."

John Mousinho

“The second half was really good – we were professional to get the third and fourth goals, and excellent in seeing the game out.

“It can be heard to stick to the job when there’s a party atmosphere in the away end – and the fans were certainly enjoying themselves – but we didn’t mess about.

“The hardest thing is finding the balance because the supporters can get carried away and we have to make sure we don’t.

“You do have to keep your feet on the ground, but we don’t want to dampen everything down because it was a well deserved result and we have to take confidence from that.”

Conor Shaughnessy put in a commanding display alongside Regan Poole at the back on his league debut for the club.

Mousinho said: “Credit to him because he was out of the squad last week, but then did really well in the cup on Tuesday.

“He had trained with the other guys who weren’t involved on the morning of the Bristol Rovers game, but it shows the importance of having a strong squad.”


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