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Mousinho: Wins More Important Than Unbeaten Record

Boss looks ahead to Wigan test

29 September 2023

John Mousinho
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Pompey will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to an impressive 21 games when they visit Wigan this weekend.

But that is not a motivating factor for John Mousinho, who has overseen the entirety of that sequence, which began back in mid-March.

He would happily sacrifice the statistic if it instead meant there had been a few more victories to celebrate.

And with Pompey having won three of their past four fixtures, Mousinho is happy with the direction is table-topping side are travelling.

The Blues boss said: “It doesn’t count for anything yet, but it is a reflection of our first nine games and we’ve been pretty good in that time.

“There’s plenty of work to do and we have to make sure that we don’t get carried away with the table at the moment.

“The only time that will change is when we get into May and although it’s a nice position to be in, we have to keep going.

“We’ll soon be a quarter of the way through the season and that will be a nice signpost, but it’s still early.

“The nice thing is that we’re starting to turn some of those draws into wins and that’s more important than the unbeaten run.

“Wigan are a strong team and we know they’re in a false position because of the points that have been deducted.

"The nice thing is that we’re starting to turn some of those draws into wins and that’s more important than the unbeaten run."

John Mousinho

“There is a good squad full of League One and Championship-level footballers, so we expect a tough test.”

Pompey are set to be without summer signing Anthony Scully for an extended period after the winger injured his knee.

Mousinho said: “It’s a tear in the meniscus and he’ll have to undergo surgery for that, which is booked in for next week.

“We tried an injection to settle the knee down and unfortunately it hasn’t worked, so he’ll be out for a longer period.

“It’s a difficult one for him – and us – to take, but hopefully we’ll see him back as soon as possible and it will feel like a new signing.

“Christian Saydee has been training with us for the past few days and is available for selection, while Kusini Yengi is progressing nicely.

“Tom Lowery has been back out on the grass for the first time and that’s the next step of his rehab, which is nice to see.”

Mousinho also explained the reasons why right-back Zak Swanson had been absent for the past two games.

He said: “Zak’s mother very sadly passed away last week and it was a tremendously difficult time for him and his family.

“He played at Derby knowing that the news was just days away and produced what was probably a man-of-the-match performance.

“I wasn’t aware of that at the time, so all credit to him. He’s conducted himself brilliantly and everyone has rallied around.”

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