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Mousinho: Not Great, But Job Done

Boss reflects on victory over Shrewsbury

6 April 2024

John Mousinho
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Fixture News

Mousinho: Not Great, But Job Done

Boss reflects on victory over Shrewsbury

6 April 2024

It was certainly not the best performance Pompey have produced at Fratton Park this season.

But John Mousinho was delighted with a 3-1 victory that moves promotion tantalisingly within reach for his side.

An early Chey Dunkley own-goal was cancelled out by Jordan Shipley before Colby Bishop restored the lead from the penalty spot and struck again after the break.

Pompey now know that a win at Bolton next Saturday will secure a spot in the Championship and that is what matters most for Mousinho.

The Blues boss said: “The result is obviously the most important thing about the day and it pushes us on to 90 points.

“We were able to extend our lead at the top of the table and although it wasn’t in spectacular fashion, we got the job done.

“I don’t think we played particularly well after making a fast start and getting the goal. We looked sloppy.

“We should have been more proactive and more on the front foot. It was nice to get the goal just before half-time, but it didn’t change the team-talk because we needed to improve.

“We were okay after the break and were perhaps slightly jaded after the Derby game on Tuesday night.

"We were able to extend our lead at the top of the table and although it wasn’t in spectacular fashion, we got the job done."

John Mousinho

“I’m probably being a bit negative, though, because it was an excellent result that’s pushed us into a really good position.

“If you’d offered me a 3-1 win without having played brilliantly beforehand, then I definitely would have taken it.

“Now we’ll keep the guys going in training next week and make sure we go to Bolton with level heads.”

Bishop’s brace means he has now scored 20 goals in each of his first two campaigns on the south coast.

Mousinho said: “It’s a fantastic achievement. He did it for a side that was struggling a bit more last season, while this time, he’s got another number nine competing for that spot.

“To get those important goals in the past few days is exactly what he deserves because he’s been absolutely brilliant.”

Tino Anjorin came off the bench to make his long-awaited return against Derby, but was absent for this latest contest.

Mousinho said: “He’s fine and was just slightly fatigued with his hamstrings, which is the area he tore back in November.

“It’s not worth the risk with the players we have available and he should be absolutely fine for next weekend.”


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