Boss reflects on Cambridge victory
The mood among the Fratton faithful had taken a serious dip following a couple of disappointing displays on the road.
So it was a relief to see it lifted again following a 2-1 victory over Cambridge at Fratton Park.
Marc McNulty and Adam Webster were on target to move Pompey back up to fifth in the League Two table.
And Paul Cook was pleased to see his side produce such a positive outcome to send the fans home happy.
The Blues boss said: “I’m delighted with that result after what has been a tough week for us.
“We’ve played well in the past and not won, so this match was all about winning. That was the most important thing and it will lift the whole mood of the place.
“There’s been a bit of negativity around the club, so we had to produce a performance full of character.
“Apart from conceding late on – which is obviously a problem that we have – it’s a pleasing afternoon and we’ve got three points.
“We’ve got a few players carrying knocks and we were a bit stretched, but guys like Danny Hollands and Kal Naismith came in and were excellent.
“I was brought in to do a job and I’m 32 games into that, so we the more we stay together, the stronger we’ll get and the further we’ll go.”
Stringing successive victories together has been a problem for Pompey this season, so Cook’s focus is immediately turning to Tuesday’s trip to Exeter.
He said: “We haven’t put that run together that everyone wants to see, but that has to start somewhere.
“So we’ll enjoy this result, but now we need to go to Exeter on Tuesday night and try to get a win there.
“Our supporters will always travel in great numbers, so hopefully we can get some points on the road for them.”
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