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19 October 2015

Boss looks ahead to Stevenage clash

He scored 10 goals in 38 appearances during his one-season stint at Pompey.

And Teddy Sheringham will return to Fratton Park on Tuesday night as manager of Stevenage.

They have won just three of their 13 league games so far this campaign and have yet to taste success on the road.

But Paul Cook believes that his side will be tested by a Boro side who like to play attractive football.

The Blues boss said: “I watched them against Exeter and thought they were excellent, while they had a great result against Wycombe at the weekend.

“So they’ll come into the game here in a good run of form and we’ll have to be at our best.

“Teddy is only 13 games into his time there and it’s important that we give all managers a bit of time.

“He was certainly a fantastic footballer and a favourite at Fratton Park when he was here. He had a great style and I think he wants to take that into management.

“Stevenage are trying to play football the right way and there’s no such thing as a quick fix, but I’m sure they can go places.

“But I’m more concerned with our own performance. We’ll just keep believing in what we’re doing and keep trying to pick up points.

“We were all disappointed to only get one point from our last two home games and we know there are certain aspects we need to improve, but everyone’s working hard to do that.”

Adam Webster impressed after replacing Matt Clarke to make his first league start of the season in Saturday’s victory at Newport.

Cook said: “I have a difficult decision every week with the quality of our squad.

“We forget that Matt’s only 19 and in his first league campaign, but he’s been outstanding.

“Sometimes a little break for freshness is good, but he’ll be back in our side very shortly and I’m sure he’ll be a lot better for having had a break.”

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

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