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Mousinho: We Kept On Playing

Boss reflects on victory over Cambridge

13 February 2024

John Mousinho
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Fixture News

Mousinho: We Kept On Playing

Boss reflects on victory over Cambridge

13 February 2024

Pompey had lost their way after a bright start and fell behind when Danny Andrew’s header was adjudged to have crossed the line.

But that only inspired them to move through the gears and secure a 3-1 victory over Cambridge at Fratton Park.

Kusini Yengi won and converted a penalty just before the break after replacing Colby Bishop in the starting line-up, while Myles Peart-Harris then opened his account just before the hour mark.

A fine strike from Abu Kamara made the outcome secure and John Mousinho was delighted with the way his side responded to their setback.

The Blues boss said: “I’m really pleased to get all three points – and I think the overall performance meant we deserved them.

“We were the better side, although after a good start to the game, we then dropped off it a bit. That was frustrating for everyone.

“It was probably fair that Cambridge took the lead when they did because we’d been sloppy and lost our shape. There was no composure.

“But as soon as they went ahead, we decided that we were going to show up and play. We got the equaliser and looked likely to get another.

"I’m really pleased to get all three points – and I think the overall performance meant we deserved them."

John Mousinho

“The lads were then able to carry that on into the second half and took everything that we told them on board.

“Kas deserved his goal and was a real threat. He gives us that cover now he’s back and it’s a luxury to be able to give your top scorer – and one of the best centre-forwards in this league – a rest.

“It was a brilliant strike from Abu and it’s one of the things we’ve been trying to impress on him – take your man on and keep going.

“We didn’t sit deep like we did at the weekend, when we invited a bit of pressure. After going ahead we decided to keep playing and I’m really happy with that.”

It was not all good news for Pompey, though, with midfielder Tom Lowery limping from the pitch in the first half.

Mousinho said: “He felt his hamstring and I think it’s more than just a bit of tightness, so I’m really gutted for him.

“He’s worked hard to get back in and I take the responsibility for him playing because we thought that physically, everything was right.

“Tom’s done so well since he’s come back in and he fits into the system, so it’s a blow, but we have to get on with it.”


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