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Back to basics

Posted on 15 January 2009  - 12:00

Kevin Bond insists we have to get back to basics as we look to return to winning ways against Portsmouth on Sunday.

Back to basics

Kevin Bond insists we have to get back to basics as we look to return to winning ways against Portsmouth on Sunday.

Last weekend's late, late loss at Wigan hit the lads hard and left us in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League.

It's not a situation the management team want to see repeated and assistant boss Kevin feels it's time to get a run of five games without a win out of our system and return to the form that lifted us away from trouble on Harry Redknapp's arrival in late October.

"There were a lot of long faces after Wigan and we'd be disappointed if that wasn't the case," said Kevin. "We've good players here and they know that but it counts for nothing if you don't do your jobs right.

"You have to earn the right to play and the lads are aware of that.

"We need to get back to basics, do that first and foremost and then hopefully the ability that everyone knows the players have got here will help us win matches.

"Losing any game hurts, everyone feels that way at the moment and the only way to put that right is to get a positive result and then the picture will look a whole lot better."

Kevin says Sunday's game is vital for both teams. "The Portsmouth players are getting used to Tony Adams' ways, a new manager coming in with new ideas and they are adjusting.

"This match is important for them as it is for us but we're at home, it's a big game and we need to pick up points.

"We need to get back to winning ways. We had a decent run initially but we've dropped away again.

"We're still in there with everyone else and that is a good deal healthier than it looked when Harry came in but we now have to push on again and start winning games, especially home games."