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Mousinho: More Needed In Final Third

Boss looks ahead to Leyton Orient test

12 January 2024

John Mousinho
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Fixture News

Mousinho: More Needed In Final Third

Boss looks ahead to Leyton Orient test

12 January 2024

John Mousinho wants to see a more clinical edge to his side when they host Leyton Orient this weekend.

Pompey have won just one of the past five league games, although are still sitting at the top of the table.

They were in control for much of last Saturday’s fixture at Cheltenham, only to be undone by a couple of pieces of sloppy defending to leave with nothing.

Mousinho believes his side just need to tighten up in certain areas and expects a competitive contest against a team they beat 4-0 at the start of the season.

The Blues boss said: “We think we’ve played well enough, but are also looking to address some of the flaws in our performances.

“There was more than enough for us to win the game last Saturday and we need to focus on continuing to do the right things, while adding a bit more in the final third.

“If you put the game to bed like we should have done against Cheltenham, then a mistake at the back doesn’t matter.

“Leyton Orient are a very different side to the one we encountered on the second weekend of the season.

"We think we’ve played well enough, but are also looking to address some of the flaws in our performances."

John Mousinho

“They’ve picked up some good results since then and they want to play good football, pressing sides high up the pitch.

“It’s always tough for a side coming up from the division below, but they’ve adapted well and we should expect a competitive match on Saturday.”

Pompey will have to do without Alex Robertson – one of this season’s star players – for the remainder of the campaign.

Mousinho said: “The tear on the hamstring is a bit worse than we thought and it’s unlikely that we’ll see him before the end of the season.

“He’s back at Manchester City at the moment and it’s a bit of a blow in terms of what we were hoping for.

“We’ve been struck with a few significant injuries this season and it’s tough to take, but you have to get on with it.

“Zak Swanson had surgery on his groin as planned and we want to see him back towards the end of February.

“We didn’t pick up any new injuries last week and having Tom Lowery back in the squad is a bonus, while Connor Ogilvie is very close to a return to full training.”


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