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18 October 2014

Boss slams side after Bury loss

The Blues boss said: “We need to be much better than that, although that goes without saying.

And he has demanded a huge improvement when Pompey host Stevenage on Tuesday night.

Awford was frustrated with his side’s efforts at both ends of the pitch at the JD Stadium.

Goals from Danny Mayor, Ryan Lowe and Danny Rose saw the Blues comfortably beaten by the League Two promotion favourites.

Andy Awford was disappointed with his players following an abject defeat at Bury.

“I’ve been frustrated away at Hartlepool and York when we couldn’t take our chances, but I was more disappointed this time.

“Hats off to Bury – they deserved their victory and 3-0 was about right in the end.

“The goals were poor from our point of view and we didn’t do enough in the final third to hurt them.

“There were a couple of half chances, but nowhere near enough conviction and that proved to be the difference.

“We need to score more goals. We told the players to express themselves and we need to start hurting teams in the final third.

“The fans have spent an awful lot of money to come up and support us and I feel for them.

“Thankfully we’ve got an opportunity to try to turn things around on Tuesday. It’s my job to lift the team, but there will be changes.”

“Our lads kept going and I won’t say that they stopped trying, but the bottom line was that Bury were better than us. Awford explained: “He had a hip problem and was 50-50 on Friday, but woke up feeling very sore and wasn’t fit for selection, so we’ll have to see how he is ahead of Tuesday’s game.”

Paul Robinson was a surprise absence from the side at Bury after being an ever-present in the league since the second game of the season.

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