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17 September 2015

Boss previews tough Oxford test

The Blues are the only side in League Two who have yet to lose a game.

But Paul Cook will not be getting carried away with that statistic as he prepares his side to face Oxford at the weekend.

Pompey currently sit third in the table following last Saturday’s come-from-behind triumph at home to Barnet.

And Cook is expecting a difficult challenge against an outfit led by ex-Fratton manager Michael Appleton.

The Blues boss said: “I watched Oxford at Bristol Rovers a couple of weeks ago and saw they were a strong side. It’s going to be a good test for us.

“But we will go into the match using the same approach as we have for every other one – with a winning mentality. 

“We’ll enjoy this run while we can because we know it’s going to end at some point. That’s part and parcel of the game.

“Being unbeaten is a pat on the back for the players, but everyone knows that there is still a very long way to go.”

Pompey will be without Gary Roberts at the Kassam Stadium after the midfielder suffered an ankle injury against the Bees.

Cook said: “He definitely won’t be playing after taking a bad knock that unfortunately he hasn’t been able to overcome.

“But that provides the perfect chance for somebody else to grab the bull by the horns and show me what they are capable of.

“Adam McGurk is a prime example of that when he came in to the side and influenced proceedings last week.”

Watch Cook’s thoughts on Saturday’s game below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for the full interview.

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