Awford: We’ll learn from Stoke defeat

Johnny Ertl returned to the starting line-up at the Britannia Stadium. Picture: Joe Pepler

Johnny Ertl returned to the starting line-up at the Britannia Stadium. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Andy Awford believes Pompey can learn from their Capital One Cup elimination at Stoke.

The Blues’ 12-match unbeaten run ended at the Britannia Stadium tonight when the Premier League side inflicted a 3-0 defeat.

Jonathan Walters grabbed two and Peter Crouch also netted in a dominant display from Mark Hughes’ side despite coming up against an inspired Paul Jones in the Blues’ net.

Once again it was a much-altered team fielded by Awford, with eight changes to the side which beat Oxford United at the weekend.

And Pompey’s boss believes they all can take something out of a dogged display against the Potters.

He said: ‘There were some excellent performances out there tonight.

‘They are a class side but as long as we all learn, me included, that is important.

‘We have chased it a little bit second half and maybe the third goal was a little bit cruel on us but the better team won at the end of the day. I have no problems about that.

‘We spoke about keeping it tight for 15-20 minutes and trying to frustrate them and that was disappointing.

‘Once we went 2-0 down I thought we played our best football.

‘The pressure sometimes comes off you when you are 2-0 down because you have nothing to lose.’