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Mousinho: Lots Of Positives, But Feels Like A Loss

Boss reflects on draw with Barnsley

4 February 2023

John Mousinho
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Fixture News

Mousinho: Lots Of Positives, But Feels Like A Loss

Boss reflects on draw with Barnsley

4 February 2023

The was a feeling of frustration in the air after a late equaliser denied Pompey all three points against Barnsley.

But John Mousinho felt that there was still plenty to like about the performance of his side at Fratton Park.

Colby Bishop had volleyed home Marlon Pack’s cross to open the scoring, only for Bobby Thomas to find the net on 89 minutes and ensure the spoils were shared.

Mousinho admitted that the players felt low after that setback, although he was proud of the overall display.

The Blues boss said: “The mood in the dressing room was one of disappointment and all the boys were gutted because they should have won the game.

“So it does feel more like a defeat and that’s something we have to take on board before stripping away the equaliser and looking at the huge amount of positives we can take.

“The first half was tight against a really good side, but we were on top after the break and had thoroughly deserved the lead.

"The mood in the dressing room was one of disappointment and all the boys were gutted because they should have won the game."

John Mousinho

“It was a great delivery and we want to keep making the most of Colby in the box because he’s such a handful.

“There was Barnsley’s disallowed goal which came from a couple of errors and then we didn’t win the second balls in the middle of the pitch.

“But we’d done a really good job and the pleasing thing for me was that after going ahead, we remained on the front foot and didn’t look to sit back.

“There are a couple of areas we need to address. We conceded from the long throw and the important thing is not to put ourselves in that position.

“Can we be more clinical and go further ahead with some of the chances we created? We’d applied pressure and you need to close games out.

“But the players had been at a low point in terms of confidence and now we’re seeing some pride back in the shirt, as well as a determination to give the fans what they want to see.”

Deadline day signing Di’Shon Bernard made his debut at right-back after Zak Swanson was ruled through injury.

Mousinho said: “He was struggling with his groin and tried to train on Thursday, then again on Friday, but it’s a minor problem that he’ll hopefully be able to get over.”


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