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Mousinho: An Important Win

Boss reflects on victory at Fleetwood

20 January 2024

John Mousinho
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Fixture News

Mousinho: An Important Win

Boss reflects on victory at Fleetwood

20 January 2024

Pompey have earned more headline-grabbing victories on the road this season.

But John Mousinho believes a 1-0 success at bottom-of-the-table Fleetwood could be one of the most important.

Abu Kamara fired home a fine strike midway through the first half to seal all three points on the Fylde coast.

It came after back-to-back defeats for the League One table-toppers and Mousinho was delighted with the display.

The Blues boss said: “It always felt like if we could get a win, it would be up there with the most important of the season for us.

“Coming off the back of a disappointing performance last week and in tough conditions on a difficult pitch, I’m thrilled for the lads and for the fans.

“It was really good football in the first half and then dogged determination in the second to keep the ball out of our net.

“We were in control before the break, keeping possession against a hard-working side and if we kept at it, we knew that things would open up.

"It always felt like if we could get a win, it would be up there with the most important of the season for us."

John Mousinho

“That happened on a few occasions and there was that bit of quality in the final third, which we’d perhaps been lacking in recent weeks.

“I can’t demand something like that from Abu every single week, but he has certainly got it in his locker.

“In the second half I didn’t feel the game got away from us, although we had to deal with Fleetwood being a lot more direct.

“They didn’t carve open many opportunities from open play and when we gave away free-kicks, we dealt with them well. The defensive display was brilliant.

“I would like us to be a bit better at putting the game to bed and that was the only disappointment for me.”

The absence of defender Joe Rafferty at Highbury Stadium saw Mousinho switch to a 3-4-2-1 formation.

He said: “We didn’t have a right-back because Joe had picked up a slight neck injury earlier in the week.

“We thought it would loosen up, but he wasn’t able to travel up with us and it’s something we’ve been working on a little bit in training.

“Players should be flexible enough to fit into different systems and it was just guys playing out of position, like Terry Devlin, but he’s such an honest kid and performed magnificently.”


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