Blues handed tough week to tighten defence

TOM CRADDOCK revealed Pompey have undertaken a gruelling week on the training ground to plug their defensive holes.

The Blues were called in on their day off this week to put a halt to their mishaps at the back ahead of the clash with Scunthorpe.

Tom Craddock. Picture: Joe Pepler

Tom Craddock. Picture: Joe Pepler

Craddock explained there has been a high intensity about his team’s sessions in the wake of shipping seven goals in the past two games.

He said: ‘We haven’t defended our goal well enough as a team.

‘So we’ve upped the tempo of sessions and worked on a few things.

‘After the last couple of games, we’ve worked on the things we weren’t doing so well.

‘Most Wednesdays we’d have off. But we needed to be in to work on things.

‘It’s no drama, but gives us extra time to work on things.

‘We looked and spoke about a few things Monday.

‘You can’t have a revolution after a defeat.

‘You try to carry on some things you’ve been doing and work on what needs to improve.

‘The last two results have not been very good at all.

‘But we’re not a million miles off. You can’t panic.’

Meanwhile, Craddock promised to repay the faith in him as he geared up for his first league start after recovering from injury.

He said: It’s good to hear the support from the manager.

‘The staff have been fantastic and the staff have encouraged me.

‘As a footballer, I’m not the first to pick up a few injuries and I definitely won’t be the last.

‘They’ve seen me train and I’ve scored a few in training.

‘But it means nothing if you don’t do it when it matters.’