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AWFORD: YORK NIGHTMARE FORGOTTEN

2 October 2014

Boss says Blues are looking to the future

A trip to York does not hold many good memories for Pompey fans.

The Blues were well below-par when they visited Bootham Crescent last term and defeated 4-2.

But Andy Awford does not believe that will have any bearing on this weekend’s clash with the Minstermen.

And he is keen for Pompey to build on last Saturday’s draw with Hartlepool and climb into the top seven.

The Blues boss said: “I thought we played really well without getting the result.

“It was an improved performance after Southend and we’ll look to build on that at York.

“Jed keeps on reminding us about the goal he scored up there last season when he ran half the length of the pitch!

“But we don’t look back – we only look forward. Everything’s been positive and I haven’t even thought about what happened last year.

“I wasn’t even around the first team then, so it won’t make an ounce of difference to how we approach the game.

“We’ll just prepare as thoroughly as we always do and go up there to try to get a decent result.”

York currently sit 21st in the table, having failed to win at home so far this season.

Awford said: “They’ve drawn six of their games so you could argue that they’ve been close to winning games, but you can also say that they’ve been close to losing as well.

“They had a really good end to last season, but haven’t quite managed to take that momentum into the current campaign.

“But it’s all about us. We can’t control what York do and the focus this week has been on us and making sure we do our job properly.

“There are fine lines in football and the league’s very compressed – there are only three points separating sixth from 16th.

“Put some back-to-back wins together and then – as we’ve seen with Southend – you can shoot up the table.

“If we do our jobs – and manage to stick the ball in the back of the net this week – then I’m confident we’ll win.”

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