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25 September 2014

Awford plotting victory at Hartlepool

Awford fielded the same starting 11 in both of those matches, having rotated his team during the first few hectic weeks of the season.

The Blues took four points from their last two fixtures against Dagenham & Redbridge and Wycombe.

Long trips to Hartlepool and York on successive Saturdays promise to test the squad’s stamina before they return to Fratton Park.

Andy Awford wants Pompey to build on their home form ahead of some daunting games on the road.

The Blues boss said: “I’m now looking to have a settled system as much as possible, even though we still have to negotiate a couple more midweek fixtures in the near future.

“But it’s very much up to those who start to earn the right to keep the shirt – after the Dagenham match I told the lads they had done that for Wycombe. “Having spoken to him, I know he’s up for the challenge and he’s familiar with the surroundings, so it’s good to work with him again.”

Awford said: “I’ve watched him in the flesh and on television recently and he gives us options because he can play as a striker, just behind or out wide.

Michael Drennan could make his second debut for the Blues after completing a loan switch from Aston Villa on Wednesday.

“But if we show the same levels of desire and passion as the last couple of weeks then I think we’ll be okay.”

“I always stress that there are no easy games in this division and we’ve already discovered that nobody is going to roll over.

“Hartlepool haven’t had the best of starts to the season, but will be looking to put that right against us on Saturday.

Awford said: “We’re flying up which will certainly make the journey easier and I want to thank those special fans who have paid to allow that to happen.

Pompey travel to Victoria Park this weekend to face a Hartlepool side who currently sit 23rd in the League Two table.

“We now have two long trips ahead of us and it’s important that we take our home form on the road.”

“And, as we approach the 10-game mark, I’m happy that we’re in touch with the leading pack.

“In an ideal world we would have liked maximum points from the two home games, but I would have taken four points if you’d offered me that beforehand.

“We’ve had a good reaction since the Southend game, when we were all bitterly disappointed with both the performance and result.

“When you’ve won 3-0 and collected no injuries, it’s quite easy to play with the same side.

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