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BOSS HAPPY WITH TRANSFER BUSINESS

9 January 2015

Awford now looking forward to Newport test

Some clubs wait until the final day to conduct their business in the January transfer window.

But Andy Awford has made his move in the opening week, securing a permanent deal for Paul Robinson before swooping to sign prolific striker Matt Tubbs.

There could still be some comings and goings after this weekend’s trip to Newport.

Awford, though, will have no complaints if there are no more new arrivals at Fratton Park this month.

The Blues boss said: “Matt is the league’s leading goalscorer and had better offers from other clubs. He made a footballing decision to come here and I’m delighted.

“Paul also had other offers, but he chose us. I know the fan-base was a reason for that, as was the people who work here.

“If the right player becomes available and it doesn’t break the budget then we’ll look to do it, but I’m happy with the squad I’ve got.

“We are looking to get a couple more players out, though, because I still think we’re managing too many players.”

Pompey’s clash with Newport is their first fixture of 2015 and Awford is looking forward to seeing his side back in action.

He said: “We’ve used the two-week break well – it’s almost been like a mini pre-season for us and there’s been a lot of good work done on the training pitch.

“Newport are a strong side with a positive work ethic and plenty of belief in what they’re doing.

“I’ve got good memories of the place obviously because last season it was the start of something special for us in my first game as caretaker manager.

“It’s a lively place to go and they haven’t been beaten there in the league since the opening day of the season.

“Their home form is good, but we upset the applecart at Luton in our last game and we’re looking to do the same again.”

Pompey can be backed at 5/2 with Sky Bet to beat Newport. Bet at www.skybet.com/pompey to help the club claim £250,000 from the Sky Bet Transfer Fund.

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