Awford delight at Pompey steel

Andy Awford shrugged off the gathering Pompey pressure and spoke of his delight at Pompey’s 
Kenilworth Road steel.

The Blues turned in one of their finest away performances of the season to draw 1-1 at Luton yesterday.

Blues boss Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

Blues boss Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ryan Taylor levelled a 13th-minute opener from Luke Rooney to grab a point and deny the Hatters a ninth consecutive home victory.

A gutsy and determined Pompey display came amid a backdrop of growing unrest among some of the Fratton faithful unhappy over the club’s progress.


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Awford has also come in for heavy criticism from a section of supporters after 36 matches and 277 days in charge.

But yesterday a much-changed Blues line-up responded magnificently to play for their manager and seize a draw.

He said: ‘There were 14 men and four other subs raring to go and I think there was a determination in our play, I really do. We have not defended that well in long spells for a while.

‘We didn’t go under after the early goal, we have stood up to it and thoroughly deserved to have come away with a point.

‘Whether there is pressure on me is not for me to answer. I am not going to answer that, it’s not my decision is it.

‘I do my job as best as I can, give it my absolute everything and hopefully it is good enough. That is not for me to answer if I am honest.

‘When you lose, everybody is down, me included, and I said after the Wimbledon game I have no problem with the supporters.

‘I walked across the pitch before the match yesterday and applauded the supporters and they applauded me, we have a mutual respect for each other.

‘Everybody was disappointed on Boxing Day because we didn’t win, but after yesterday our supporters can be very proud of the players and the players can be very proud of the supporters for the two-way relationship.

‘Going one down to Luton do our supporters get on our backs? Of course they don’t, they are the best thing that has ever happened to this football club,

‘It would be easy for the supporters to get on our backs, but they don’t. At the end of the game they can vent their anger and cheer and leave, it’s not my call to them to do whatever after games.

‘All I ask for during the game is to support the lads and give their absolute everything – which they do. We have to make sure we do that too.

‘The supporters have been fantastic to me ever since I arrived at the club in 1988, my relationship with them is fantastic, I have no problems with anybody.’

The point leaves Pompey in 15th spot in League Two, nine points off a play-off spot.

He has so far taken 45 points from 30 matches in charge, stretching back to the final seven games of last term.