Writer: Site Staff
Date:Thursday October 24 2013
Caretaker manager Ronnie Jepson has said that the game against Mansfield was a particularly ugly match of football, which surprised him because Portsmouth, he thought, was a fantastic spectacle.
Speaking to the Official Site following the scoreless draw Jepson admitted that Mansfield shut the game down very well indeed and stopped us getting into our stride and despite knowing that this was what they would probably do, we just couldn't counteract it properly.
'That was an ugly game! Mansfield just want to turn you, look for set pieces and slow the game down so you can't get the tempo going.'
Jepson didn't really hide his fury at how the game panned out, as he bemoaned the team the were taking and the pace they were going at as being 'ridiculous' at times, and it did frustrate the players. He also barbs that with seven minutes of injury time, he feels the referee could've added on at least another three given the time wasting that was happening.
'We went to Portsmouth and they wanted a game of football like we did, we didn't go there and just shut up shop. (last night) we weren't able to do that and get into our stride.'
Jepson adds that speaking to the players after the game, they were disappointed not to come away with a result or a better performance, but he told them to keep doing what they are doing as we did create opportunities, and we sadly missed some good opportunities that on another day will go for us and find the back of the net which will change the course of a game.
He also admits that whilst it wasn't free flowing, he can't fault the commitment of the team as everybody wanted a result, including them and they gave their all in an effort to achieve that.
Despite how the game played out, the caretaker manager did admit that there are still things we can improve on as a team, and that's what will be worked on in training.
Before ending his interview, he said that Tommy Miller did come off the pitch after sustaining a shoulder injury but hopefully it won't be too bad, but for their sending off he declined to comment saying he didn't see so it wouldn't be right for him to pass judgement.
Date:Thursday October 24 2013
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