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Pond demands tight defence

20 September 2013

Town go into this weekend's game against Portsmouth with three straight wins behind them – Tranmere, Torquay and Bury – having scored eight in the process.

The results have pleased Nathan Pond, who also admitted his disappointment at the goals conceded which cost clean-sheets.

“We’ve been playing well recently, but we conceded a couple of sloppy goals in the last three games,” he said. “Other than that’s we’ve been attacking well and been solid all the way through the team.We must be solid across the back."

The 28-year-old has been happy with his own form, however, which has kept club captain Mark Roberts out of the side.

“There’s always room for improvement but I’m happy with my form. Roberts and Cresswell have got a lot more Football League experience than me which has helped me to learn. It’s up to me to maintain my performances and keep my place.”

Pond is looking forward to Town’s first visit to Fratton Park. The South-Coast side were relegated from League One last season, but attracted League Two’s largest-ever crowd of 18,000 in their opening-day defeat to Oxford United.

“Portsmouth was obviously the biggest fixture in terms of the size of the club, so I’m looking forward to it,” he said."It's likely to be a big home crowd but I'm sure the Cod Army will make themselves heard."

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