Appy wants gung-ho spirit from troops

Pompey boss Michael Appleton Picture: Robin Jones

Pompey boss Michael Appleton Picture: Robin Jones

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Pompey have been told to wash the fear factor from their game.

Michael Appleton wants to see his men put the Blues’ off-the-field woes behind them against Coventry tomorrow.

The 35-year-old believes his men didn’t take enough risks in his first home match in charge against Leicester last weekend.

He wants to see them play with greater freedom in their games.

The Pompey boss feels the Fratton faithful need to be served up football that can get them excited once again.

There was definitely signs of that in the second half of the 1-1 draw with the Foxes last Saturday.

Appleton is confident he has the quality in his team to be able to carve out opportunities against any opposition at Championship level.

Now he wants to see them go into tomorrow’s meeting with the struggling Sky Blues showing a gung-ho spirit.

Appleton insists that will reap the first maximum of his Pompey managerial career.

He said: ‘I want the players to go out and express themselves.

‘There wasn’t that much happening in the first half against Leicester last weekend.

‘I think maybe one or two people were a little bit wary to take a chance.

‘There was no risk-taking, but I want players to get their heads up a little bit and take chances.

‘I think we will create a lot of chances with the players we have.

‘We have to get the crowd on their feet a little bit. That’s what I want.

‘Hopefully, that will continue to happen over the coming weeks.’

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