Guy: We are not away specialists

Ricky Holmes celebrates his goal in the win against Burton Albion with Simon Ferry Picture: Joe Pepler
Ricky Holmes celebrates his goal in the win against Burton Albion with Simon Ferry Picture: Joe Pepler

Guy Whittingham has dismissed suggestions Pompey have played their best football away from home this season.

The Blues head to York tomorrow unbeaten in four League Two games away from Fratton Park.

In contrast, they have lost three of their four home matches – two of which came when reduced to 10 men.

Not that Whittingham believes the attacking capabilities of his side are more equipped to playing away.

Rather, the Pompey boss reasons it is down to playing tougher opposition so far on the south coast.

He said: ‘I don’t think it’s right to say we are a better side away – we have played tough games at home, that is where it is.

‘We have played three of the top four sides in the division at home so far.

‘They are good sides and perhaps we haven’t played sides as good as that away from home.

‘You look at the sides away from home in Mansfield, who are near the top, Cheltenham who did well last year, Burton got to the play-offs last year and Accrington.

‘But they are not as tough as the ones we have played at home.

‘It’s not a case of we haven’t played decent football at home, I think we have, but two of those matches have been when we have had 10-men.’

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