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Cowley excited by final three games

27 April 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The battle for a spot in the League One play-offs is hotting up as the finish line roars into view.

Sunderland and Lincoln are favourites to be competing in the annual end of season lottery, but Pompey are still in contention.

It appears to be a battle between them, Oxford, Blackpool and Charlton for the other two semi-final spots.

And ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Accrington, Danny Cowley knows his side still have plenty of work to do.

The Blues boss said: “The only months I don’t really like are June and July because there isn’t as much football taking place.

“We’re really enjoying the challenge at the moment and the players have worked all season to get to this point.

“When we came here a few weeks ago, we were sitting in 10th place off the back of a really difficult run.

“There have since been 16 points collected in quite a short space of time and maybe seven more would be enough from the final three games.

"We’re really enjoying the challenge at the moment and the players have worked all season to get to this point."

Danny Cowley

“That’s difficult to do at this time of year, but there’s everything to play for and it’s all about our performances.

“So rather than looking at that bigger target, let’s instead just focus on trying to a really streetwise Accrington side.

“If we can do that, then we dust ourselves down and look forward to going to AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.”

Pompey face Stanley twice in their final three fixtures, with the men from the Crown Ground trying to secure a top-half finish.

Cowley said: “I’ve always got huge respect for Accrington as a club – from where they’ve come from to what they’ve achieved.

“I also have a huge amount of time for their manager John Coleman, who’s a great guy and a proper football man.

“They’re overachieving year-on-year and make life extremely difficult for their opponents. It’s been no different this season.

“So we anticipate an incredibly tough game – perhaps the toughest we’ve had since arriving at this club.”


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