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THE STAT COOK WANTS TO SEE THE BACK OF

8 April 2016

Boss looks ahead to Dagenham clash

It is a statistic that has been used to criticise Pompey for much of the season.

So they will hope to finally secure a third successive league victory by beating Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend.

Depending on results elsewhere, that outcome could help narrow the five-point gap to the top three.

And Paul Cook is hoping that those who started to doubt Pompey’s automatic promotion credentials will be proved wrong.

The Blues boss said: “We’re really looking forward to the game and are trying to push ourselves into a situation that some people didn’t think we could get to.

“It’s a long season and people’s opinions will change, but we’ve just got to keep believing that we can get to where we want to be.

“So we need to keep strong performances and results coming – starting at Dagenham on Saturday.

“In terms of automatic promotion, it’s a game where we must try to pick up all three points.

“If we do that then we’ll have won three on the bounce. Then everyone can move on to a different stat!

“We’d like to be top, of course, but it was always going to be tough on the back of the massive changes we made over the summer.

“What we are doing is laying a marker down and none of us know what the outcome will be at the end of the season. The final table will tell no lies.”

The Daggers are currently rock bottom of the League Two table and recorded just a second home victory of the season against Morecambe earlier in the week.

Cook said: “They’re fighting for their lives and had a good win on Tuesday night – there are no easy games in this league.

“They’ll need to win the majority of their fixtures, so one thing we can all look forward to is watching two sides going for the victory.

“They’ve got good players and an experienced manager in John Still. Anyone thinking we just have to turn up on Saturday is very foolish.

“It’s a massive banana skin and we’ll just prepare as professionally as we can, go there and do our best.”

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


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