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Boss Looking To Bounce Back

8 August 2013

Guy focused on Accrington test

Pompey and Accrington will want to forget the opening weekend of the League Two season.

Both sides were beaten 4-1, with the Blues losing at home to Oxford and Stanley defeated away at Newport.

But the Lancashire side recovered during the week to shock Middlesbrough in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

And Guy Whittingham is expecting a tough test against a side managed by former Southampton striker James Beattie.

The Blues boss said: “I haven’t even though about that. All that matters is us going up there and trying to win a game of football.

“Accrington bounced back tremendously well from their first game of the season. That will be a confidence boost for them and make the job more difficult for us.

“We’ve had them watched and know they like to play football. They certainly won’t be an easy team to play against.

“One of our former players, Danny Webber, will be keen to play against us and do well.

“Accrington will also want to win the game, so we just have to concentrate on our own performance and try to control the controllables.”

Pompey were beaten at Bournemouth during the week, but Whittingham saw plenty of improvement.

He said: “We’re evolving as a team. There are a lot of new players and we always said it would take time to gel.

“But we’re still disappointed that we’ve lost our first two games.

“Every player that came into the side on Tuesday night gave a good account of themselves, so we’ve got a few decisions to make.

“There is competition for places here and that’s always something you’re looking to have.”

Whittingham expects plenty of fans to make the long trip to Accrington, despite the early kick-off.

He said: “There will be a great following up there and we’ll look forward to playing in front of our fantastic fans.

“We know that they’ll be louder than the opposition supporters in some of the away matches we play this season.”

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