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AWFORD: POOR IN BOTH BOXES

7 September 2014

Boss unhappy with end product at Burton



Pompey, meanwhile, saw plenty of the ball, but Awford was upset that they were not able to do enough with it.

Adam McGurk converted from close range before Lucas Akins secured victory for the Brewers after the interval.

The Blues conceded after just 85 seconds of their televised clash at the Pirelli Stadium.

Andy Awford bemoaned Pompey’s prowess at both ends of the pitch following defeat against Burton.

The Blues boss said: “When you concede after a minute you’re always up against it.

“We worked our way back into the game, but just weren’t good enough in both boxes.

“I’ve seen the stats and we had a lot of possession and corners – we’ve controlled the game for long periods between those boxes.

“But it’s all very well running around and having a lot of the ball in the middle of the park.

“I felt we had enough chances to get something from the game, but couldn’t take them, while they took their opportunities.

“You have to take your chances and defend better at the other end. They’re the areas that we’ll be looking to improve on.

“We didn’t hit the target enough and the final ball wasn’t good enough once we got into promising situations.

Pompey’s best chance fell to Alex Wynter, but the defender was denied at close range by Jon McLaughlin’s double save.

“But Burton look a decent side with a good manager and they know what they’re doing. I think they’ll do very well this season.”

Awford said: “At 1-0 down that’s the chance that you would look at and say it just didn’t drop to us, where in the past perhaps it has.

“Hopefully that sort of thing will go right for us at Southend next week and we’ll be able to nick a goal. “But I feel like we could have been playing until tomorrow and we still wouldn’t have scored in this game.”


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