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Mousinho: We Might Freshen The Side

Boss ponders changes for Cambridge test

13 February 2024

John Mousinho
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Fixture News

Mousinho: We Might Freshen The Side

Boss ponders changes for Cambridge test

13 February 2024

The Pompey squad could probably have done with a few days to put their feet up after the lengthy trip to Cumbria and back at the weekend.

It is one of the longest journeys you can make in English football – even if the return leg would have been a happy one following another win for the League One leaders.

But they are straight back into action with a midweek match against Cambridge to test those weary limbs.

And John Mousinho has hinted at making some changes to his side in order to mitigate the busy schedule.

The Blues boss said: “If you come away with nothing – or even just a point – from those long away games then the bus journey home is normally pretty miserable.

“We enjoyed ourselves and it was a bit of time for us to get that done and dusted before prepping for this one.

“You’ve just got to make sure that the lads are as professional as possible and there are plenty of things they can do.

"We enjoyed ourselves and it was a bit of time for us to get that done and dusted before prepping for this one."

John Mousinho

“We’ve been able to do all of our recovery and prep without having to put too much into the boys’ legs.

“But we’ll be looking to possibly freshen things up because of all the travel and the number of games we’ve played.

“We had a really tough match at the Abbey on a Tuesday night that finished goalless and Cambridge have had a change in manager since then.

“I think anyone in this league knows that it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, there are no easy games at this level. It’s usually well contested and we expect that again.”

Pompey have built a six-point lead at the top of the table, but Mousinho is not concerned about his squad’s ability to deal with the burden of leading the pack.

He said: “I think the pressure is there every week when you’re with Pompey because there’s quite rightly an expectation that you’re going to have a decent season.

“Maybe there’s a bit more when the end gets into sight, but I’m just focused on making sure there’s excitement in the camp for the challenge that’s ahead of us.”


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