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22 February 2016

Boss looks ahead to Barnet trip

No side in League Two have lost fewer games than Pompey this season.

And Paul Cook believes that statistic should mean his side sit higher than seventh in the table.

Exeter, Notts County, Leyton Orient (twice) and Oxford are the only sides to defeat them ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Barnet.

So despite having as many as three matches in hand over the sides above them, Cook is looking for more from his squad

The Blues boss said: “You can look it at as a positive that we’ve only lost two away games – but how can we do that and not be in a stronger position?

“We’ve been consistent with our inconsistency so far this season. It’s so disappointing that we go from the level of performance against Bristol Rovers to the level against Yeovil.

“We missed a chance to put pressure on the sides above us – the reality is that sides are now putting pressure on us.

“You can look at your games in hand as a comfort blanket, but I’d rather have points in the bank.

“We’re doing okay, but we must put a run together soon that takes us to where we all want to be.

“You can talk and talk all you like when it’s more important that we just get on with the games that are left.”

Martin Allen’s Bees were beaten 2-1 at home to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday to leave them down in 18th position.

Cook said: “Barnet have caused teams a lot of problems, have good players and have enjoyed some positive results.

“They’ve got a very experienced manager and we’ll have our hands full on Tuesday night.

“We need to make sure that we turn up and have an edge and a desire to get the result that we want.”

Christian Burgess (suspended) and Gareth Evans (hamstring) are both sidelined for the Blues, but Conor Chaplin (ankle) and Danny Hollands (leg) are available for selection again.

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

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