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Russell: Start being bullies

Darel Russell has called on Portsmouth to start winning ugly with the south coast outfit having lost their last five games.

Last Updated: 13/11/12 at 10:44

Russell: Wants rough edge

Russell: Wants rough edge

This has seen them slip to 18th in the League One table, and midfielder Russell believes it's time Pompey started bullying opponents.

"It is crucial we get back to basics and move forward - we have seven days to prepare for the next game and install an improved work ethic in the squad," he told the club's official website.

"Any run of defeats is going to hurt players. If you have a winning mentality then losing games is horrible.

"Fans can accept it if your passing is a little off-key and your touch is not there. But the ugly side of the game is crucial - we must get that right and start bullying teams.

"Hard work, tackling and passion are not hard to find if you have that inside of you. Once we do, I'm sure our quality will shine through."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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