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Mousinho: We'll Dust Ourselves Down

Boss looks ahead to Exeter test

28 December 2023

John Mousinho
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Fixture News

Mousinho: We'll Dust Ourselves Down

Boss looks ahead to Exeter test

28 December 2023

The Christmas period has not been particularly bountiful for Pompey so far, with a single point collected from contests with Fleetwood and Bristol Rovers.

But John Mousinho is pleased that his table-topping side have another match so close on the horizon.

They wave goodbye to 2023 with a Friday night clash at Exeter, who had gone 13 League One games without a win before beating Wycombe on Boxing Day.

That is sure to give the Devon outfit a shot in the arm, although Mousinho insists his players are raring to go.

The Blues boss said: “If you lose a game, then the best thing to do is have another one come along really quickly to put things right.

“That’s the beauty of the schedule at this time of year and it means we have no time to dwell on the defeat.

“We have to dust ourselves down, be ready to go again and make sure that we perform well on Friday evening.

“The lads have responded well and know what’s expected of them. There’s plenty of energy and enthusiasm, which we’ll need.

"That’s the beauty of the schedule at this time of year and it means we have no time to dwell on the defeat."

John Mousinho

“Exeter have been a bit unlucky to go on the run they’ve been on and have lost a lot of games by a narrow margin.

“I thought they looked good against Wycombe and were pretty good value for the win – they didn’t look like a side short on confidence.

“They certainly have the potential to do well in this division and so we have to approach it as we would any other game.”

Two of Pompey’s injured players are nearing a return to action, although Mousinho revealed that Zak Swanson has to go under the knife.

He said: “Tom Lowery is back out on the grass and is probably about a week away from returning to full training, so we need to make sure we manage him properly.

“But Zak is pencilled in for surgery shortly. It’s the same operation he’s had previously, but on the other side.

“It’s a bit of a blow for both us and him because he’s done well whenever he played, but it’s something that we just have to deal with.

“Connor Ogilvie has also been on the grass again and we’re looking forward to having him back training with us, which will probably be after the Stevenage game.”


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