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Cowley: We Welcome The Pressure

Boss looks ahead to Swindon test

20 April 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

There are five games remaining for Pompey to try to secure a spot in next month’s League One play-offs.

A couple of a clashes with Accrington and tests against Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon are on the horizon.

First up, though, is Tuesday evening’s trip to a Swindon side that are propping up the rest of the division.

It is sure to be a tense encounter with so much at stake for both clubs, but Danny Cowley is not afraid of the task at hand.

The Blues boss said: “I love the business end of the season – it’s my favourite time – and welcome the pressure that comes with that.

“We’re fortunate and blessed to be in a job that we absolutely love – one that many people would give anything to do.

“You look at the last three games and we could have won all of them, but we didn’t. Those small margins have been a problem.

“So now we’ve got to find a way of playing that gives us control and dominance. That’s what we’re trying to work towards.

"We’re fortunate and blessed to be in a job that we absolutely love – one that many people would give anything to do."

Danny Cowley

“When you’re together and all working towards the same objective, you become incredibly powerful and hard to stop.”

Defeat for Swindon could see them relegated, while manager John Sheridan stepped down at the weekend.

Cowley said: “Our staff have watched their past 10 games and they’ve played a few different systems, while a new manager can change things.

“But you can put a lot of energy into worrying about what the opposition are going to do, so we just have to focus on ourselves.

“We had a really good day in training on Monday and I expect that to show in our performance against Swindon.”

Pompey have recently appointed Greg Miller as the club’s new academy manager and Cowley is looking forward to working with him.

He said: “I’m delighted to welcome Greg to the club. He’s staying in the same apartments as we are, so I’ve got a feeling we’re going to spend a lot of time together.

“It’s great to understand how the other one works and try to find the best way forward for Portsmouth Football Club.”

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