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Mousinho: We Won't Get Carried Away

Boss looks ahead to Fleetwood test

24 January 2023

John Mousinho
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Fixture News

Mousinho: We Won't Get Carried Away

Boss looks ahead to Fleetwood test

24 January 2023

There was a mixture of delight and relief when the final whistle went at Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon.

A 2-0 defeat of Exeter meant that Pompey fans were able to celebrate a League One victory for the first time since October.

But John Mousinho is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after starting his reign as head coach in the best possible way.

And his focus is on trying to make sure his side build on the weekend result when they face Fleetwood this evening.

The Blues boss said: “It’s still early days and we have to make sure we don’t get too carried away after what happened on Saturday.

“But I know that we’ve got hungry players who are desperate to improve and win. You could see the passion after the goals against Exeter.

“I know that the lads aren’t happy with recent performances and the league position, so it was nice to build a bit of confidence.

"I know that we’ve got hungry players who are desperate to improve and win. You could see the passion after the goals against Exeter."

John Mousinho

“Now we face a really good Fleetwood side and Oxford played them just 10 days ago, so I’ve got a bit of knowledge there that should help.

“Scott Brown has them playing well and you know it’s always a tough place to visit, so we’ll be well prepared and make sure we give ourselves the best chance.

“To go from where they’ve come from and achieve so much success in the Football League is brilliant.

“Manager and players have gone on to bigger and better things, but they’ve always managed to replace them.

“We’ll certainly show them the respect that they deserve, but we’ll also be looking to play our own game.”

Mousinho has no new fitness concerns to worry about ahead of the long midweek trek to Highbury Stadium.

He said: “There’s a clean bill of health after Saturday, which is great for me after the physical output that we saw.

“Everyone was able to train on Monday morning – as much as we could with these temperatures – and we’re ready to go.”


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