Pompey fans urged to ‘keep believing’

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Andy Awford has urged the Fratton faithful to keep the belief as the winless run continues.

The Blues came agonisingly close to a first victory in seven with what would have been the impressive scalp of Burton Albion.

League Two’s second-placed side had to rely on an 83rd-minute equaliser from Darragh Lenihan to snatch a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Before that intervention, Jed Wallace’s 37th-minute goal looked set to give Pompey the three points.

Regardless, it was a third encouraging display on the spin from Awford’s men following trips to Luton and Newport County.

And he is confident results will turn very soon.

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Awford said: ‘We wanted to control the game and we did for large periods, We played with a lot of attacking players on the pitch as well, which was important, and felt we deserved to win again.

‘Unfortunately we haven’t, but we have got to keep believing the draws will turn into wins.

‘It was a good team performance and if we keep playing at those levels I am sure more points will start to come and we can start to climb the table.

‘Jed’s goal gave everybody a lift, the crowd, the players, everyone got a shot of confidence from that and you could see that.

‘A second goal would have really put it to bed and killed the game off.

‘We didn’t manage to do it, that is why the lads are frustrated but it’s another good performance against a team who will be right up there at the end of the season.

‘There was a spell for about 15 minutes where we have probably sat a little bit deep while Burton had a bit of ball and didn’t really hurt us.

‘But overall we were pleased with the defensive shape and the solidity and protection to the back four and I thought it was another good performance.

‘We have done the hard work and that is the disappointing thing.

‘There was good character as well once they scored.

‘We looked the stronger team at the end and I thought maybe we could go on and nick it.

‘There were a couple of chances which didn’t go our way and there was a handball in the penalty box.

‘But no excuses, let’s move on to Southend now. That was a good performance again and we keep on believing.’

Pompey have drawn twice and lost 1-0 in their last three encounters – all against sides currently in the top five.

For Awford, that offers hope his side are on the right track as they nervously look over their shoulder at the relegation battle getting closer.

He added: ‘We have shown in the last three games we are a good side. We’ve had Luton who are fourth, Newport who are fifth and now Burton.

‘We need to keep on believing, keep that spirit and do it the Pompey way – and I am sure we will start to climb the table.’