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Pritchard to use reverse fixture as extra motivation

Stanley's winger is fully aware of Portsmouth's attacking threats ahead of this weekend's game

12 March 2020

Joe Pritchard says Stanley will be using their performance against Portsmouth earlier this season to spur them on this Saturday at Fratton Park.

The Reds celebrated a 4-1 win in December with a Colby Bishop double, a Dion Charles goal and an own goal at the Wham Stadium.

It was one of the highlights of Stanley’s season so far, but Pompey are unbeaten in the league at home this season and are in fourth place, having won eight of their last 12 league games.

“We have got to use it,” said the winger. “We know they have a good home record, they are a good team with some brilliant players.

“They came to us and we beat them 4-1 on the day and we were by far the better team on the day and there is no reason why we can’t do it again.

“They’ll have a better idea in their head but every game is different, we have ways of adapting the way we play and you can never guess how a team is going to play.”

The Reds haven’t won in four league games and still have the threat of relegation hanging over them.

“It is always in the back of your mind,” said the 23-year-old. “When you are playing well it creeps out of your mind and then, if you lose a game, it’s suddenly back there.

“After every game, especially if you lose, you look at the table, look at other results and then see how important the next few games are.

“Football is about momentum, teams in the lower half can beat teams in the higher positions, it’s one of the things about football, it doesn’t matter where you are, it’s who plays the better on a certain day.

“They will know not to underestimate us but we will go into the game positive.”

Pritchard has secured a regular place in the team recently due to Sean McConville being out for the season and the pack will have to be reshuffled again with Harvey Rodgers and Sam Finley suspended.

“We have a good squad here, it’s not just the main eleven but when players have got injured, the lads have stepped in and been exceptional. We see it in training that players are working hard and they can come on and progress and fit into the squad.”

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