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COOK: AN ATTRACTIVE CONTEST

28 August 2015

Boss looking forward to Luton trip

Luton were right up there with Pompey when the bookies announced their promotion odds earlier in the summer.

But John Still’s side have yet to taste League Two success this term and sit down in 22nd at this early stage.

Draws with Accrington and Oxford were followed by defeats to Bristol Rovers and Yeovil – with the Hatters throwing away a two-goal lead in the latter.

Paul Cook, however, expects them to click into gear soon and provide tough opposition for his own unbeaten outfit.

The Blues boss said: “Luton v Pompey on paper is a very attractive contest and I’m sure there will be another big crowd.

“They haven’t made the best start, but in John they have one of the most experienced and knowledgeable managers around.

“I always enjoy his company after a match, he’s got a bit of class and is a great role model for all managers.

“They’ve come out of the Conference and have had a year of consolidation in League Two. I’m sure they’ll find their feet and be one of the most competitive sides in the division.

“It promises to be a great game and it’s one that I’m very much looking forward to.

“But we enjoy being unbeaten in the league. It’s something to be proud of and long may it continue.”

Pompey have had to contend with a packed early-season schedule, with the Luton test their seventh August fixture.

Cook said: “All these midweek games can catch up with you and there are a lot of ties in the Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to deal with.

“But that’s the nature of the sport we’re in and when you’ve got a group like the one we have then it’s not about rotating – it’s about keeping everyone happy.

“At the moment our supporters are quite happy, while the lads who have come in are playing very well and that provides competition for places.”

Listen to the manager's views below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for the full pre-match interviews with Cook and Ben Davies.


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