The lengths Cowleys are going to in an effort to turn Portsmouth's fortunes around this season

Callum Johnson has revealed the painstaking video sessions the Cowleys are carrying out in an effort to get Pompey’s season firing again.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 6:00 am

The defender has told how he’s spending hours with the Blues’ management team in a bid to review every single action he undertakes in a game and make gains.

And Johnson is certain the detailed approach from the brothers is making him a better player as they aim to get the team into the top six this term.

The 24-year-old’s form has been one of the very few positives in a downturn in results under the Cowleys, which has seen Pompey fall out of the play-off places with four games remaining this season.

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Johnson’s consistency has been a hallmark of his 43 appearances this term, since arriving from Accrington Stanley last summer.

And he believes reviewing his displays is going to help his game to move in the right direction.

Johnson said: ‘I like to watch my clips back with the gaffer and Nicky. That’s something we’ve been doing.

Pompey assistant head coach Nicky Cowley with head coach Danny in the background (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/

‘I spent a good couple of hours on the bus with Nicky after one game. We went through the full game, literally every step I took.

‘It was everywhere I could improve, because that’s what I want and ultimately what they want.

‘They want each player to improve and that’s great for us to learn, because their knowledge is really good.

‘Even if you have a really good game there will always be somewhere you can improve. It’s great for me to watch and see that.’

Callum Johnson (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/

The Cowleys’ reputation for leaving no stone unturned in their work has been well documented since their Pompey arrivals, and Johnson explained that standing is justified

When it comes to the details of his work, the focus has been on creating more chances going forward and taking up better positions when defending.

Johnson added: ‘There’s always different things in games like being creative in the final third, giving opportunities and creating chances.

‘Then defensively it’s different things about positioning and where I’m linking up with Marcus (Harness) to create wide triangles. Hopefully that will help us get the better of their left side.

‘It’s different things attacking and defending to improve. I think it is helping and will continue to do so in the future.

‘I thoroughly enjoy it, because I know it’s going to help me.’

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