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15 August 2014

Boss looking forward to Cambridge clash

The Blues boss said: “When we come out on Saturday the place will be absolutely rocking.

And Andy Awford cannot wait to see the ground erupt when the players leave the tunnel just before kick-off.

Pompey face newly-promoted Cambridge in their first home league game of the 2014/15 campaign.

But there could be more than double that packed inside Fratton Park this weekend.

There were almost 8,000 in attendance to watch the Blues progress in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Peterborough was a successful warm-up for the main event.

“They know that the players will give absolutely everything and they’ll do the same in return. I’m really looking forward to experiencing that atmosphere again.

“I think the fans appreciated the style of the victory on Tuesday night and will come in their droves – as they always do.

And he has been able to pick the brain of a man who spent time on loan at the Abbey Stadium.

Awford expects a difficult test against a side who won the Conference Premier play-offs and FA Trophy last term.

“I know what’s coming and so do some of the lads, but a few of the new ones won’t be expecting it.”

“But they’ve got momentum after coming up last season and then winning they’re opening game. They also did well in defeat at Birmingham during the week.

“I spoke to Birdy,” said Awford. “He gave me a couple of pointers on a few of their players.

“But I think their biggest strength will be their confidence because of what they’ve achieved.

“They’ve got a couple of big lads up front who can cause problems and some good runners up front.

“It’ll be a really tough game for us, but it’ll be nice if we can get off to a flyer at home.” Pompey are evens favourites to beat Cambridge with Sky Bet. Open an account at

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