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A Great Game of Football

21 October 2013

Caretaker Manager Ronnie Jepson reflects on the 1-0 defeat against Portsmouth.

'You could see the relief on the faces of the Portsmouth coaching staff and their manager at the end of the game. We were the dominant side for the majority of the game. 

It's great to be an away team who come to Pompey and get that many balls into their box. You just hope that at sometime it's going to drop for you. When you go 1-0 down you fear the worst but we didn't, we dug in there and stuck at it. I was really pleased with how we started the second-half, as I thought we have been starting second-halves poorly recently. 

I thought it was a great game of football with both sides having a real go. The lads couldn't have given me anymore than what what they did. 

It's always difficult when a manager loses their job, but we have got together this week pulled together and we've tried out 1 or 2 new things that we haven't done previously. There's a million things that I could tell you. The lads have done absolutely everything that we have asked of them this week. 

I really thought that Danny Mayor's shot at the end of the game was going in. Just before they scored Shaun Harrad had a good chance. When those chances start going in we'll be a decent team and that's got to be sooner rather than later. 

As for Danny Hylton I was really impressed. He's a throw back, he has a go, he gets his body in there and gets around in the right manner – he's top draw. He deserved a goal with the effort he put in today. 

I went for an experienced midfield four today and I thought they did well. I have to give praise to Chris Sedgwick who came on and played his first full 90minutes at Portsmouth and played really well.

Overall I'm really disappointed with the result. I couldn't go into the changing room at full-time and say much to the lads as we were done by one set piece. 

I gave young Regan Walker a place on the bench because he was fantastic in the development squad game during the week, he came on as a sub and scored a fantastic goal. If we'd have been 1 or 2 up then I'd have probably given him a run out. He really has been smashing but so has young Anton Forrester. The only reason I left Anton out was because I thought that he needed a bit of a rest. He's been our main man up-front and he's been battered from pillar to post. 

Looking to Mansfield on Tuesday night they are quite a direct team so we'll have to match that. We'll have to get the ball down and play the football that we have played here today at Portsmouth. 

Everybody that is connected to the club needs a win now, the fans, the chairman, the board, everyone. I'm confident with the work that is going in at the moment that we'll get one soon.'

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