Thorne demands more after vital victory

George Thorne attempts to close down Coventry substitute Gary McSheffrey
George Thorne attempts to close down Coventry substitute Gary McSheffrey
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George Thorne has called on Pompey to find their clinical edge to move up the Championship.

The on-loan midfielder feels the Blues have to take their chances better after their 2-1 win over Coventry.

Michael Appleton’s men carved out a host of opportunities against the Sky Blues on Saturday.

It looked as if they could be left to rue missed chances as Lukas Jutkiewicz levelled after the restart, after Greg Halford opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half.

Joel Ward rescued three points, however, with his low drive after 59 minutes.

Thorne felt Pompey were good value for the win, but have to learn to put away openings.

He said: ‘It was a deserved win and it’s nice to get that bit of breathing space from the relegation zone.

‘I don’t think we are in any danger of being in trouble, but maybe it’s a sigh of relief for the fans.

‘It’s a good three points and, hopefully, we can push on from this.

‘We need to be a bit more clinical if we are to keep securing wins.

‘There are going to be games that are tight and we need to take the chances.

‘That will come in time, though.

‘We have to keep getting in the right positions and then we can start making it count.’

Thorne believes Pompey are learning to play a more expansive game, as is being demanded from new boss Appleton.

The 18-year-old reckons that will see his team carve out more opportunities.

He said: ‘We have a chance to express ourselves. We have to bear in mind tactics and formations, but we have to express ourselves and maybe take a few more risks.

‘That’s more in the final third and the manager is getting us to do that.

‘Hopefully, it will result in more chances being created and more goals.’

Thorne played his second game of his loan spell after arriving from West Brom.

The 18-year-old put in a strong performance in the middle of the park and is fulfilling his ambition of getting game time under his belt.

Thorne said: ‘I’m getting experience and I’m getting minutes. Hopefully I can benefit from that.’