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Cowley: Still Work To Do

Boss reflects on victory over Rochdale

2 April 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Three games, three 2-1 wins. It’s certainly been a positive start to life at Pompey for Danny Cowley.

Rochdale were the latest side to be seen off, with Ryan Williams and Ronan Curtis on target in the first half at Fratton Park.

That meant Jake Beesley’s stoppage-time effort was no more than a consolation for League One’s bottom side.

Cowley was happy with most elements of his side’s performance, but knows that there is still room for improvement.

The Blues boss said: “We were pleased with aspects of our game and scored two good goals in the first half, which was very positive.

“Ronan put pressure on the ball for the first one, leading to a mistake and it was a fantastic pass from Michael Jacobs and a great cross from Marcus Harness for Ryan to score.

"There is still work for us to do and our final decision in the attacking areas of the pitch weren’t as good as we expected."

Danny Cowley

“He’s such a selfless, team-orientated player, so I was delighted for him and then the second goal was a fine team effort.

“It was a superb finish from Ronan and credit to him because he’s been away with Ireland for the past 10 days.

“His flight landed at 5am on Wednesday, we freshened him up and he trained on Thursday in such a specialist number nine role.

“He put the team first and some of his link play and movement in the final third of the pitch was really good.

“We played with more control in the second half than the first, but I was disappointed with the goal we conceded.

“There is still work for us to do and our final decision in the attacking areas of the pitch weren’t as good as we expected.

“We want a high press for 90 minutes and you need 60-70 per cent possession for that, but we did give the ball away too much at times.”


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