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13 November 2015

Boss looks ahead to AFC Wimbledon clash

Paul Cook has called for a united front as Pompey prepare to face AFC Wimbledon.

The Sky Sports cameras will be at Fratton Park on Sunday (2.30pm kick-off) for the second time this season.

And the third-placed hosts will be looking to end a run of three matches without a League Two victory.

But Cook wants to see an improvement from his players after they struggled to see off non-league Macclesfield in the FA Cup last week.

The Blues boss said: “I’d never seen our players give the ball away so much and I thought we were sloppy. That irritated me.

“I think that made the crowd restless and affected our confidence a bit, although we still managed to win.

“We’re still finding our way, but we are where we are in the league and we’re looking forward to playing a strong AFC Wimbledon side on Sunday.

“They’ve got threats and it remains to be seen whether they’ll go with two up top and try to get a result.

“The majority of sides have decided just to get men behind the ball and it can become frustrating, but we have to make sure we don’t get frustrated.

“It’s now getting into the nitty-gritty part of the season and it’s important that everyone stays united.

“I can make bad decisions in games, players won’t always perform well across 46 games, but we must stick together.”

Pompey will be without midfielder Gary Roberts and striker Matt Tubbs against the Dons, although Marc McNulty could make his league bow.

Cook said: “Gary had played on with an ankle injury and credit to him for that, but now he’ll be out for a while.

“Matt Tubbs will also be sidelined for about a month with similar injuries, but we have to keep going.”

Watch Cook’s thoughts on the game below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for full interviews with the manager and Ben Davies.

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