Portsmouth told what they have to do to remedy lack of goal threat after latest blank at Sunderland

Mahlon Romeo believes Pompey’s failure to respond to adversity properly is behind his side’s lack of goals.

By Jordan Cross
Sunday, 23rd January 2022, 4:55 am

But the Blues defender is adamant Danny Cowley’s men have the firepower to turn their fortunes around at the top end of the pitch.

Pompey fell to a frustrating 1-0 loss at Sunderland, as they lost ground on the play-offs after a reverse which made it one win in their past six league outings.

Attacking deficiencies were key to their downfall, with a promising first half failing to deliver a tangible reward.

Pompey were then undone by a defensive error before the break in the game’s decisive moment.

Romeo believes the greater issue for his side lies in failing to respond to that setback well enough, with Cowley’s men going into their shells.

He said: ‘We have to keep at it and not get disheartened.

‘When we played well and deserved to get a goal, we didn’t get a goal.

Mahlon Romeo. Photo by Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com)

‘But when the opposition got a goal we then got disheartened.

‘We were doing things the right way and we have to keep believing in what we’re doing.

‘We’re doing the right things - so keep doing it.

‘Responding to when things go against you is what separates the good teams from the rest.

‘You’ve had something you didn’t deserve happen - now it’s about how you respond.’

Despite the lack of goals, Romeo is adamant there is attacking quality within his team’s ranks.

He retains a belief the goals will flow over the remainder of the season, if Pompey approach games in the correct manner.

That is something which has to happen quickly if they are to remain play-off contenders this season.

Romeo added: ‘I think there is firepower here.

‘If you look at Marcus (Harness), Ronan (Curtis), (George) Hirsty and Tyler (Walker) has just come in.

‘There is some real talent in this team.

‘Look at Crackers (Jacobs) coming on and what he did.

‘I’ve no doubt at all there’s a lot of talent in this team.’

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