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17 August 2015

Boss not getting carried away

The matches come thick and fast at this early stage of the season.

And that is exactly how Paul Cook wants it to be as Pompey aim to build on three successive victories.

They make the short trip to Sussex on Tuesday night to face a Crawley outfit who suffered League One relegation last term.

Mark Yates’ side have taken just a single point so far and were beaten at home by AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.

But Cook is not getting carried away after watching his troops come charging out of the blocks.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve got some momentum at the minute, so it’s good to have another game because you know it could end at any time.

“There’s no reason why the supporters shouldn’t get excited, but my aim is to keep everyone grounded.

“My job is focusing on the long 46-game journey and at the moment we’re just looking at the next one.

“Mark took over Crawley during a period of transition for the football club after their relegation last season.

“He’s a very knowledgeable manager and his teams are always fit and well organised, so we’ll be in for a difficult night, although it’s one we’re looking forward to.

“We’ve got to go there and try our best to win and we know we’ll be backed some fantastic support yet again.

“The hard part for me is keeping everyone happy because the lads have all been smashing and long may it continue.”

Midfielder Michael Doyle has led out the side for both of Pompey’s previous league tests, but Cook believes that his side are not short on leaders.

He said: “Michael is the skipper at the moment and I see that continuing for the foreseeable future.

“But I think we’ve got plenty of captains all over the pitch and it’s not all about the one who wears the armband.”

Watch Cook and Enda Stevens discuss Tuesday's game below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for the full interview. 

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