Tottenham loanee gives insight into Portsmouth dressing-room atmosphere after Hull loss

Harvey White gave an insight into Pompey’s dressing-room atmosphere after their thrashing against Hull.

Sunday, 24th January 2021, 6:30 am
Updated Sunday, 24th January 2021, 9:29 am
Harvey White dejected after Pompey's loss to Hull. Picture: Joe Pepler

Kenny Jackett’s side were well short of their best, with their six-match unbeaten streak coming to an end.

White came on at half-time after Jack Whatmough's own goal gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

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But the on-loan Tottenham midfielder was unable to help Pompey turn around their fortunes.

Another Whatmough own goal, George Honeyman's strike and Josh Magennis’ stoppage-time effort meaning it was an afternoon to forget for the hosts.

White, making only his second Football League appearance after arriving on Monday, admitted he was surprised how many cool heads there were in the changing room after the loss.

And he believes that sort of attitude is needed as the Blues bid to bounce back against Lincoln on Tuesday.

White said: ‘We didn’t create many chances so when we did go into half-time 1-0 down, we had a belief we could get back into it.

‘It was a tight first half, there weren’t many chances for both teams.

‘We need to mark better from set-pieces because we can’t let one of the smallest players on the pitch get a free header.

‘A loss is a loss. Everyone hates losing but we still have a game in hand on Hull and if we win that then it takes it back to one point.

‘The league table is changing all of the time. We've got to win our next few games.

‘We got back into the changing room and the senior lads were saying "Come on, let’s dust ourselves down because we’ve got Tuesday”.

‘When you play under-23s football, you might have a week or two weeks until your next game. You've got to dust yourself down and go again.

‘I thought there might have been a bit of shouting but there wasn’t. Every player knows that we have got more games coming up.

‘If you start getting at each other, we won’t feel as confident. We are a confident bunch and hadn’t conceded a goal in six games before Saturday.

‘There’s no need to build more pressure, even though there is already pressure to get Pompey back to where it should be.

‘It hurts we lost 4-0 but we go again on Tuesday.’

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