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AWFORD FEELING CONFIDENT

18 September 2014

Boss hopeful of another three-point haul

Pompey’s next match is one that looked unlikely to occur ahead of last season’s final round of fixtures.

But Wycombe staged a last-gasp battle for safety, with a superior goal difference seeing them overhaul Bristol Rovers to preserve their Football League status.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side have made light of their near-miss this term and currently sit third in League Two.

But Andy Awford is confident that Pompey can build on their midweek victory over Dagenham & Redbridge to secure another three points.

The Blues boss said: “Wycombe survived last season by the skin of their teeth and have made a few changes.

“It’ll be a tough game because they’ve made a flying start this time around and are in a fine run of form.

“They’ve taken positives from what they achieved and turned that into a very, very good opening.

“But I’m more concerned with us than them – if we’re at it like we were on Tuesday then I think we’ll get another three points.
 
“We’re hoping for another great atmosphere and for the fans to really behind our players.”

Pompey had lost three league games in succession before blunting the Daggers and Awford hopes that result will spark an unbeaten run.

He said: “Winning breeds confidence and becomes a habit – when you’re on a good run you don’t want it to end.

“We had a fantastic victory and everyone came in for training afterwards with a spring in their step.

“Now we need to kick-on and make ourselves harder to beat, while also providing an attacking threat.”

Nigel Atangana (hamstring), Nick Awford (shoulder), Ricky Holmes (back) and Nicky Shorey (calf) are all available for selection after recovering from injuries to resume training.

But Ben Chorley (calf) and Ryan Taylor (groin) are still sidelined for Pompey.

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