Portsmouth boss John Mousinho has revealed that a big part of what he and his coaching staff have been trying to build at Fratton Park is to have a mentality where there are no excuses.


The League One leaders are currently having to cope with multiple injury issues with as many as three players – Joe Morrell, Tom McIntyre and Terry Devlin being sidelined until the end of the season.


The manager is also having to cope with the suspension risks of players but does not want to give any excuses heading to the business end of the season.




The 37-year-old manager took time to stress the fact that the mentality of his side is not giving excuses and playing through all the handicaps and still getting the desired results.


“A big part of what we are trying to build here is not to have a mentality where there are not any excuses”, Mousinho told BBC Radio Solent.



“It is very easy in football and in any walk of life to pick things apart and think that is why we have not done this, this is why we have not done that.


“As far as we are concerned everybody has to deal with injuries. There are plenty of managers and head coaches up and down the country who are bemoaning injury lists at the moment.



“I am not sure there are too many like ours but there will be plenty that do and the bad luck of refereeing decisions or that sort of thing.


“So, we are just trying to get on with it and make sure that we can just control whatever we have got in the building and everything that we can control at that point.


“And like I said that is the most important thing.”


With 15 matches remaining in the season, Pompey enjoy a four-point lead at the top of the League One pile though they have played a game more compared to second-placed Derby County.