Mokoena targets revenge in Blade duel

Aaron Mokoena
Aaron Mokoena
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Aaron Mokoena surveyed his revenge mission on Sheffield United and warned: We haven’t forgotten what happened up there.

The South Africa international still remembers the travesty of Bramall Lane back in September when Pompey slumped to a 1-0 loss, despite dominating the game.

At the time, it was a result that left Steve Cotterill’s side rock bottom of the Championship table, with just two points from their opening seven fixtures and seemingly facing a long battle against the drop.

While the Blues began their recovery in the very next fixture with a 6-1 battering of Leicester City, United took full advantage of Pompey’s low confidence to earn the points on that occasion.

But now Mokoena, who is bidding for a start in midfield, believes Pompey have the chance to right the wrongs of that result with the boot on the other foot as the Blades bid to climb away from relegation trouble.

He said: ‘We played some great football in previous games and we have ended up losing games – that’s what happened to us at Sheffield United.

‘Sometimes it just works like that but it was one of those days up there.

‘Hopefully, we can put that right this time against them.

‘We’ve got great respect for them and we know that they are coming here fighting for their lives.

‘But I’m sure we will show up and make it difficult for Sheffield United.

‘You never forget those games that you lost in the past, but you need to move on and focus 100-per-cent on that the next time you play them and we will definitely be doing that.

‘It’s another big opportunity for us to keep the run going.

‘We are playing well, we have five wins in a row and we want to make it six.’