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COOK: LOOK TO THE FUTURE

23 November 2015

Boss says final position is all that counts

Pompey have dropped to fifth in the table after being cruelly denied all three points at Carlisle on Saturday.

The 2-2 draw at Brunton Park was their fifth successive League Two game without a victory.

It is a run that Paul Cook will hope to see end when his side face struggling York at Fratton Park on Tuesday night.

But the Blues boss is more concerned about where they are placed at the end of the campaign.

He said: “We’ve done everything in our power to recover from Saturday’s game and now we must move on to the next one.

“It’s a 46-game campaign and we’re right in the middle of it, although we haven’t picked up as many points as we would have liked recently.

“However, the most important thing is the future and what we can do in the fixtures that are coming up.

“Unfortunately, our home fans haven’t seen us at our best this season and that will lead to certain questions.

“But one thing you can’t debate is our supporters’ loyalty to this club. They want us to win and get out of this division.

“If we don’t get promoted or reach the play-offs come the end of the season then that’s the time to ask those questions.

“My message to the fans is to keep backing us as they have been doing and we’ll do all we can to give them a lift.

“I accept we’re in a results business, but I also believe that if you keep playing well then the results will follow.”

York have lost all four of their games since Jackie McNamara was appointed manager at the start of the month.

It leaves them sitting just one point above the League Two drop zone ahead of tonight’s clash.

Cook said: “Jackie’s come into the club and had a baptism of fire in terms of the games they’ve had to play.

“The fixture compilers, in their infinite wisdom, have given them a trip to Leyton Orient at the weekend and now they’ve got to come all the way down here on a Tuesday night.

“That’s their problem this week, but I suppose it’s my problem when we have to go up there for a midweek match in April.

“He’ll be learning a lot about his players, but we’re just focusing on our own performance and trying to win.”

Watch Cook’s thoughts on the game below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Marc McNulty.


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