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Mousinho: Another Good Exercise

Boss reflects on Bognor draw

11 July 2023

John Mousinho
Fixture News

Mousinho: Another Good Exercise

Boss reflects on Bognor draw

11 July 2023

John Mousinho knows there is plenty of work ahead to get Pompey ready for their League One opener against Bristol Rovers.

And he expects his side to keep improving after a 1-1 friendly draw with Isthmian League outfit Bognor at Nyewood Lane.

Joe Morrell opened the scoring from the spot after Paddy Lane had earlier seen a penalty saved by Ryan Hall.

A trialist scrambled home a late leveller for the Rocks, but Mousinho knows that results are not overly important at this stage of the summer.

The Blues boss said: “It was another good exercise for us – with two different 11s getting 45 minutes on the pitch each.

“The most important thing was to get through the game without any injury problems, which I think we’ve done.

“We also want to see how we shape up in possession and get more of a feel of the ball, so we ticked off all of them.

“There were some things that we need to do a lot better, but we’re only the second game into pre-season and we’re pleased with where they are.

"You don’t want to dismiss the result because you want to get into that winning habit and we’re disappointed not to come away with a clean sheet."

John Mousinho

“We need to move the ball a lot quicker at times because we took too many touches and got dispossessed, especially in the first half.

“We also want to create more chances in the final third, although we were without our three centre-forwards, so it’s perhaps understandable.

“You don’t want to dismiss the result because you want to get into that winning habit and we’re disappointed not to come away with a clean sheet.

“But the scoreline doesn’t really matter too much until we start playing league and cup games next month.”

Pompey were without five first team players, many of whom could feature in either of the next two friendlies at Gosport or Havant & Waterlooville.

Mousinho said: “Joe Rafferty had a tight calf and he should be back to full training next week, while Christian Saydee and Colby Bishop both rolled their ankles.

“If it’s a league game then you probably strap them up and send them out, but we’ll check how they are on Thursday and they could play in one of the weekend games.

“With Gavin Whyte and Kusini Yengi, they’re not quite ready yet to play these games and we’ll see at least one feature on Friday or Saturday, possibly both of them.”


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