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Mousinho: What A Week

Boss reflects on victory at Bristol Rovers

18 March 2023

John Mousinho
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

The miles that Pompey have put in up and down the motorway this week have certainly been worth it.

A midweek victory at snowy Accrington was followed by a deserved success at an altogether milder Bristol Rovers.

Colby Bishop got both the goals in a 2-0 victory, opening the scoring with an early angled strike before converting a penalty in the second half.

Jarell Quansah was also dismissed for the hosts at the death following a crude challenge and headbutt on Joe Morrell.

And at the end of a prolific few days for Pompey, John Mousinho was certainly feeling in a positive mood.

The Blues boss said: “To get back from Accrington in the early hours of Wednesday morning and then to go away again and win is something we’re really happy about.

“I was delighted with the performance and thought we were particularly effective in the first half, although not so fluid after the break.

“We also kept a clean sheet and I was pleased with the way we saw out the game, even if we dropped a bit deep at times.

"Our lads have now put themselves in a position where we can start looking at the table and credit to them for that."

John Mousinho

“Colby was brilliant and gave their back-line a really tough time, while he’s also mobile and scores goals – it’s an excellent combination.

“He said that he hadn’t had a penalty in ages, so it was nice to get one and he deserved that because he works so hard.

“I didn’t see what happened with the melee at the end because I was complaining about the challenge on Joe, which I thought was awful.

“The only intention there was to hurt our player and I didn’t like it, but I thought the referee dealt with the situation well.

“Our lads have now put themselves in a position where we can start looking at the table and credit to them for that. If it gives you an extra motivation, then I’m all for it.”

Mousinho was pleased to speak with directors Eric Eisner and Andy Redman in person for the first time after the duo jetted over from America to watch the game.

He said: “They came in the dressing room afterwards and it was magnificent weekend for them to come over.

“Andy had actually predicted a 2-0 win beforehand and it was great for us to meet them in these circumstances.”

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