Awford warns against Pompey complacency

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford has urged his Pompey troops not to be swept away by their win breakthrough.

A 3-2 success over Stevenage represented a first victory in seven matches and only a second in 10 league fixtures.

It has been a barren spell which prompted the Blues boss to ditch the wing-back system and make six changes to the side which lost so disappointingly at Bury.

The result was a triumph over Graham Westley’s men, lifting the hosts into 11th spot in League Two.

Next up is a trip to Shrewsbury, who destroyed Bury 5-0 on Tuesday night with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro bagging a hat-trick.

And Awford has stressed the importance of the Stevenage success not being a one-off as he strives to instil a winning consistency within his side.

He said: ‘It’s a start. Let’s not get carried away, I must stress that, it is a start of hopefully a run of results now that can push us up the table.

‘I am not going to get carried away with a defeat at Bury and I am not going to get carried away because we won against Stevenage – and that is the message to the players.

‘They have got to go again Saturday against Shrewsbury and have the same attitude and the same reaction we got on Tuesday night.

‘Everybody has played their part this week.

‘The support I have received from people around the football club, the Academy staff, the office staff, the board and people around the club the fans won’t know, has been phenomenal, it really has.

‘Everybody is united, everybody is behind us and everybody wants us to be successful.

‘And if we play like that we will be.’

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