Mullins issues late-goal plea
Midfielder says side can stay up if they cut out late goals
By Elliot Ball. Last Updated: March 18, 2009 3:19pm
Mullins: Late-goal improvement
Hayden Mullins insists Portsmouth can keep their top-flight status if they wipe out the late errors which have cost them this season.
Pompey have let in several late goals in the Premier League including games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Wigan and now sit fourth from bottom after conceding an injury time equaliser against Middlesbrough at the weekend.
Marlon King's goal on Saturday was the sixth time this campaign that Portsmouth have shipped in an equaliser or a winner in the last 10 minutes and Mullins has confirmed it has been a hot topic in the South Coast.
"The last couple of days we've looked at that and we know that it is an issue for us," the midfielder told Sky Sports News.
"We're looking to address it in the next couple of weeks and we know how vital these last 10 games are and we know that's a part in our game which we're going to have to try and rectify if we're going to get out of the position we're in.
"We've looked at it today and we are going to be working on it."
Those results have played a huge role in why Portsmouth lie just one place above the drop-zone, on goal difference alone, and Mullins realises that his side must remedy their late woes in the remaining fixtures.
"We know we are in a tender position in the league and we know we have got to get out of it," he said.
"We know that a few wins will take us up the league. We've got an experienced squad and we're just trying to stay upbeat. We've targeted the games we need to win and we're looking at those."
That run starts with Saturday's game against Everton, which is live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1, where Pompey will be hoping they can record a league double over the Toffees.
Portsmouth beat 3-0 at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture, but Everton have only lost one in their last 13 and Mullins recognises it's going to be an uphill test against David Moyes' men.
He added: "Saturday is obviously a hard one to call - we're at home, we've got the home support behind us so obviously we're going to be looking to attack them on the front foot.
"Saying that again, we know they're a very good side so we are going to have to keep it tight at the back."