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Cowley: Welcome Home

Boss excited to see Fratton faithful at Crewe contest

13 August 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Danny Cowley has yet to sample the atmosphere created by the Fratton faithful for a competitive fixture.

But after taking charge of the club back in March, he will finally get to experience the noise and passion this weekend.

Pompey are looking to build on last Saturday’s victory at Fleetwood when they welcome Crewe to the south coast.

And Cowley believes the supporters have a vital role to play in helping his troops enjoy a successful campaign.

The Blues boss said: “I’m not sure if you can miss something you never had, but I’m well aware of the unique Pompey atmosphere.

“Fratton Park has been very good to this club for a number of years, but wasn’t quite so good last season.

“I think we all know the reason why and to have the fans back is just going to be absolutely colossal for us.

"We want energy, intensity and enthusiasm from our team, and they are going to drive those qualities."

Danny Cowley

“So I can’t tell you how excited I am that they’re going to be with us – they’re so important to the way we want to play.

“We want energy, intensity and enthusiasm from our team, and they are going to drive those qualities.

“My message to all our supporters is that it’s never going to be an 11-man job to achieve what we want this season, so they have a significant role to play.”

The Railwaymen come to Fratton Park on the back of a home draw with Cheltenham on the opening day.

Cowley said: “I’ve come up against Crewe on a number of occasions and David Artell teams always have a clear philosophy.

“They’re very possession based and have good rotations in midfield, while their outstanding academy has produced young players consistently.

“We have a lot of respect for them as a team and we envisage a tough game, but we’ve started the season well and the squad is slowly starting to come together.”

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