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19 February 2016

Boss looks ahead to Yeovil test

Fratton Park was rocking last Saturday as Pompey romped to victory over Bristol Rovers.

But Paul Cook knows that they have to reach that level on a consistent basis if the ultimate goal of promotion is to be achieved.

His side have yet to taste success in three successive league matches this season.

And Cook hopes they can take a big step towards that milestone when they travel to struggling Yeovil this weekend.

The Blues boss said: “There was a lot of criticism after the Orient result – but that’s part and parcel of the game now.

“The best way to answer that is with actions rather than words and that’s what the lads did against Bristol Rovers.

“Managing or playing for Pompey comes with a pressure, but other clubs are yet to feel that this season, so that could be a factor in the run-in.

“We just need to concentrate on our own performances because we haven’t put three league wins together on the bounce.

“You have to keep believing in what you do – and I’ve got a great deal of belief in this group of players.

“We’ll just keep doing our best to make our supporters happy – and that starts with Yeovil on Saturday.”

The Glovers currently sit in the League Two drop zone and are battling to avoid a third successive relegation.

Cook said: “They’ve had a couple of difficult years after reaching the Championship, but they’ve got good players and will be fighting for their lives.

“It’s certainly going to be a tough game for us on Saturday, but it’s one that we’re very much looking forward to.”

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

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