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Mousinho: Moments Of Madness And Bizarre Decisions



There were a few decisions from the referee at Whaddon Road that left fans scratching their heads.


And while John Mousinho was left frustrated by a number of costly ones that went against his side, he knows it was not the only reason they slipped to defeat at Cheltenham.


Some poor play at the back allowed Liam Sercombe to score twice in the space of three minutes, soon after Tom Bradbury’s own-goal had given the Blues the lead.


But Mousinho thought that Pompey were the superior side and was left cursing their generous defending.


The Blues boss said: “By the time that we went 1-0 up, I thought we fully deserved to have taken the lead.


“We looked the better side throughout the first half, without taking our opportunities, and then started the second with real purpose.


“At that point I thought it was probably one of the most dominant performances of the season we had put in.


“But then there were five minutes of absolute madness from us, dwelling on the ball in our own box and inviting pressure. It cost us.


“We didn’t play as we should have done, but we responded well and created chance after chance, without putting the ball in the back of the net.



It’s a really disappointing afternoon because we were the dominant side and some poor decisions have cost us.


“We should have had at least two penalties, but have somehow ended up with two bookings for dives.


“There was one where the referee has played advantage and then Abu is pushed into the hoardings, but he gives a corner, even though no Cheltenham player has touched the ball.


“Having done that, he then doesn’t play advantage just after when Paddy puts it into the back of the net.


“I’m speaking to the fourth official and he can see the clear pull on Anthony Scully, who also ends up getting booked. It was just bizarre.


“It’s disappointing, but we didn’t lose the game because of that – we lost because of our own sloppy errors.”


Alex Robertson was not present in Gloucestershire and Mousinho is expecting the midfielder to be absent for some time.


He said: “He felt his hamstring in training and so we’ve sent him back to Manchester City to get a scan on Monday.


“We think it’s a tear, but don’t know how bad it is yet. It’s a blow because he’s been one of our better players and a real bright spark.


“We’ve still got people to bring in, though, and so we need to dust ourselves down and be ready to go again.”



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