Paul Cook searching for Pompey’s golden blend

Pompey boss Paul Cook Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Paul Cook Picture: Joe Pepler

PAUL COOK admitted he’s still searching for the right Pompey formula.

The Blues boss feels the balance of his team is still lacking at present.

At the minute the balance isn’t quite right.

Paul Cook

Cook reckons a lack of a settled side is contributing to that hunt for the correct blend continuing.

The Scouser has preached the benefit of a settled team in his time as manager at Fratton Park.

He hasn’t been able to put out an unchanged XI since the win at Cambridge last month.

And injuries have meant chopping and changing has taken place – a departure from the stability in selection early in the season.

Cook knows that isn’t helping his side hitting their best form.

And that has to be remedied, with over a third of the league season now gone.

Cook said: ‘We have a squad which must be built on confidence, fitness and work ethic.

‘We aren’t getting that continuity.

‘At the minute the balance isn’t quite right.’

Cook highlighted the attacking area as the part of the team which is being impacted most by changes.

Adam McGurk made his return from an ankle injury on Saturday against Notts County after being sidelined for seven games.

Gary Roberts is currently out after soldiering on with the same problem, while Jayden Stockley is still in the treatment room with an ankle issue.

Cook added: ‘In that front area we are looking at different combinations.

‘We are getting one injured – Adam McGurk and then Gary Roberts,

‘So I think we need to get a better balance.’