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David Longwell reflects on Town's loss against Portsmouth

27 March 2021

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David Longwell reflects on Town's loss against Portsmouth

27 March 2021

David Longwell reflects on Town's narrow Sky Bet League One loss against Portsmouth.

Shrewsbury Town were unable to extend the unbeaten run with the visit of Portsmouth as the away side secured a narrow 1-2 win.

Despite Town pulling a goal back early in the second-half through Nathanael Ogbeta, the away side remained resolute to see the game out - despite being a man down.

First-team Coach David Longwell was disappointed with the result and felt Town could have done more to trouble the Pompey back line.

On the result:

"Frustration and disappointment is the overall feeling from the Manager, the players and myself. We got back into the game but didn't quite do enough to get the equaliser. We didn't do as well as we'd like and we are disappointed with that.

"Portsmouth have really good players and we just didn't do what we wanted to do in the first-half. We lost a couple of goals and we could have defended them better. It's always hard to come back from going two goals down.

"We certainly gave it the best we could in the second half. Them getting a man sent off didn't actually help us even though we were on top of the game. Sometimes when teams get a man sent off, they sit back in two banks of four. It's hard to break that down but we have to do better and create more chances. We felt we had momentum when we changed the system but we just couldn't get that second goal.

"In the first-half, we didn't play to the level that we know we can. In the second, we were creating more and the sending off meant they had something to hang on to. We have to do better to break teams down."

On Nathanael Ogbeta's goal:

"The goal is positive for him. He's frustrated with his own performance in the first-half because of the levels that he's set. We've told him to keep going and to keep trying the same things. It's his first league goal and last week he nearly scored. Hopefully he can kick on and gain confidence from it."

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