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14 August 2015

Boss preparing for first away test at Plymouth

After back-to-back home wins, Pompey go on the road for the first time this season.

An impressive start has resulted in triumphs over Dagenham in the league and Derby in the Capital One Cup.

This weekend they visit a Plymouth side who reached the play-offs last term and opened their 2015/16 campaign with a 2-0 victory at AFC Wimbledon.

But Paul Cook insists that Pompey will not approach the trip to Home Park any differently.

The Blues boss said: “Everyone turned up expecting us to win against Dagenham, while they’ll go to Plymouth hoping we’re going to win.

“Every game offers a different angle and I believe in preparing properly, turning up and doing your best. You can’t do more than that.

“We’ll look to take the take the game to them as much as we possibly can – I don’t mind saying that.

“The hard part is that you can’t pick everyone and they’re all performing at a very good level.

“Our lads have shown some very good signs through pre-season and the first couple of matches, but there’s still a long way to go.

“The games are coming thick and fast and it’s vital that we keep a nice level-head because the important thing is that we’re where we want to be at the end of the season.”

Cook was impressed by the performance of Ben Close against Derby and has handed the teenage midfielder a contract extenstion.

He said: “Ben’s a fantastic young player and was unlucky not get on our bench last Saturday.

“It was a case of leaving the ground disappointed, while on Wednesday night he left feeling on top of the world.”

Watch Cook's thoughts ahead of the game below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD to see the full interview.

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