Dunne: I won’t change my game

James Dunne. Picture: Joe Pepler
James Dunne. Picture: Joe Pepler
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  • Knee injury isn’t impacting game after spell in treatment room

JAMES DUNNE has vowed not to change his tough-tackling ways.

But the Pompey midfielder admitted he has to cut out the unnecessary bookings to avoid being left on the sidelines.

I won’t take my battling play out of my game. I just need to cut the silly cards out.

James Dunne

Dunne returned from a two-game ban at Accrington last weekend, after picking up 10 yellow cards.

That was the 25-year-old’s second suspension of the campaign after sitting out a game for collecting five bookings by October.

Dunne’s presence in the Pompey team has been crucial so far this campaign.

That can be seen by Andy Awford’s men picking up a single win this season without him in their starting 11.

The former Arsenal trainee knows he can’t afford to keep picking up cards which can be avoided.

But, at the same time, he promised he will not curtail the manner in which he gets around the pitch and provides a forceful presence.

Dunne said: ‘I won’t stop tackling and the way I play.

‘Sometimes they are silly fouls, which I don’t need to give away.

‘I need to try not to get those yellow cards, though.

‘I need to be playing. I can’t be missing these games.

‘I had two games where I wanted to be helping the boys to pick up points.

‘I just need to be careful of certain yellow cards. There was one for dissent and some silly tackles.

‘There may have been one or two where I’m out on the wing, the player has gone past me and I’ve stuck my leg out.

‘There is no need. I need to stop getting silly yellow cards.

‘I lasted four games before I got the 10th, so it can be done.

‘But I won’t take my battling play out of my game. I just need to cut the silly cards out.’

On top of the suspensions, a knee injury has made it a stop-start season for Dunne.

That kept him sidelined for two months, in which Pompey won just once.

Dunne explained he’s still managing the problem but it’s not impacting on his style of football.

He said: ‘It’s stiff after games. I have been taking tablets, glucosamine, which is helping.

‘I’ve been doing my prehab stuff, too.

‘There’s cod liver oil which helps your joints as well.

‘People know how I play. I get around the pitch and put my tackles in. It hasn’t affected me, so hopefully that remains the case.

‘The injury didn’t help me having seven or eight weeks out. Then I came back and got the yellow cards.

‘Now there’s 11 games left. We all have to be together and go on a run.’