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Mousinho: We Must Do Better

Boss reflects on EFL Trophy contest

22 August 2023

John Mousinho
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

It was a thrilling contest that arguably deserved a grander stage than an EFL Trophy group stage contest.

But John Mousinho was in no mood to celebrate after watching Pompey collect two points against Fulham’s under-21 side at Fratton Park.

It finished 3-3 after 90 minutes, with Sean Raggett netting twice – including a ‘Goal of the Season’ contender – and Terry Devlin opening his account for the club.

But the hosts missed plenty of chances and were facing 10 men in the second half following a red card for George Okkas.

Ryan Schofield did save the crucial penalty to win the resulting shoot-out 5-4, although Mousinho was disappointed with his side’s overall performance.

The Blues boss said: “We’re pleased to come away with the bonus point, but to sum the game up, there’s a lot of disappointment.

“I thought we needed to be a lot better in the second half after being really good before the break, despite conceding a couple of poor goals.

"Our finishing wasn’t great and we’ve been dug out of the mire by our centre-half putting one in the top corner from 35 yards."

John Mousinho

“We created enough chances and did most things right, but then our decision making got poor and we became sloppy on the ball.

“Ultimately, we didn’t necessarily even deserve to draw the game and we have to do better because we created enough chances to win 10 matches.

“We got lazy and after outstanding pressing against 11 men, it’s difficult to see what went wrong, but we didn’t have as much energy and drive – we got punished for that.

“Our finishing wasn’t great and we’ve been dug out of the mire by our centre-half putting one in the top corner from 35 yards.

“The quality of the goal was a real positive for us, but we should really have been out of sight at that point.”

Mousinho felt that one real positive was the display of 16-year-old academy forward Koby Mottoh, who played the full game.

He said: “Conceding it was his first start at this level, I thought he did really well and was unlucky not to get a goal.

“We weren’t sure he’d last the full 90 minutes, but he managed that and it was a strong performance. The future’s bright for him.”

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