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Cowley: A Good Feeling About Our Group

Boss looks ahead to Rochdale test

1 April 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey have a chance to cement their spot inside League One’s top six over the bank holiday weekend.

The Easter fixtures see them host Rochdale on Good Friday before making the long trip to Wigan on the Monday.

With a buffer of just four points down to MK Dons in 12th, there is the opportunity to provide a bit of breathing space.

And Danny Cowley has faith that his troops hold all the required attributes to collect a healthy bounty.

The Blues boss said: “Games are going to come thick and fast, but that’s fine because I love football – and no day is better than matchday.

“Easter is great because you’ve got two fixtures across the weekend and chocolate eggs in between – although that’s for the staff, not the players!

“I look at our group and have got a really good feeling about them. They’re hard-working, humble and down-to-earth.

“There’s a real togetherness and spirit about them and I think we’ve got quality. I’ve got trust in them all.

“My aim is always to pick the best team that can implement your game-plan and I’m not caught up with formations.

"Games are going to come thick and fast, but that’s fine because I love football – and no day is better than matchday."

Danny Cowley

“You just try to get them in the areas where they feel most comfortable to be able to deliver and show their strengths.”

Rochdale are currently propping up the rest of the division, although head to the south coast on the back of promising results.

Cowley said: “You look at their past two matches and they were a minute away from taking maximum points against Lincoln and Peterborough.

“I think they’re the side that will ask us the most questions against the ball in our short time at the club.

“Rochdale like to build from the back and we look forward to the challenge because it’s our ambition to get the game on our terms.

“We’ll be working really hard to be in a position where we’re in control of the game and can find our rhythm to dominate.”

As leading marksman John Marquis begins a three-match ban, it leaves Pompey without any available senior strikers.

Cowley said: “It’s always disappointing to lose a key player and I don’t think we can replace what he brings to the team.

“We were hopeful that we’d be successful in our appeal, but have to respect the decision, move on quickly and find a solution.

“We’re short in the number nine position with Ellis and Jordy injured and the challenge is to find the best way of playing.”

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