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Cowley Seeks Home Comforts

Boss looks ahead to Cambridge test

16 September 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Jason Brown

It has been a long time coming, but Danny Cowley is excited to be returning to Fratton Park this weekend.

The rescheduling of a home clash with Plymouth due to the international break means that Pompey last four games in all competitions have taken place on the road.

Three of those were in the league and saw just a single point collected to halt a bright start to the season.

Now Cambridge are heading to the south coast this weekend and Cowley is eager for his troops to get back on track.

The Blues boss said: “It will have been 32 days since our last home game and we’re looking forward to being at Fratton Park again.

“We had two really good experiences last month, so we want to get back out in front of our own supporters.

“It’s been disappointing that we haven’t carried the goal threat we would have liked so far this season.

“We haven’t scored in the past three league games, but we’ve created enough chances – certainly at Doncaster and MK Dons. It’s an area we need to keep working on.

"It will have been 32 days since our last home game and we’re looking forward to being at Fratton Park again."

Danny Cowley

“That’s something we’ve been looking at on the training pitch, as we try to be more ruthless when those opportunities do present themselves.

“It’s still early and this is the first week we’ve had the whole group together, with the transfer window now closed and after the international break.

“That’s provided a good opportunity for us to keep developing our game and we want to accelerate the process.”

Cambridge climbed out of League Two last term and will be keen to bounce back from a 5-1 home defeat to Lincoln last weekend.

Cowley said: “I have an awful lot of respect for their manager Mark Bonner and think he’s done an amazing job at the club.

“He worked with the academy and then coached the first team, while in his first full season as manager, he won promotion with a Cambridge side who were nobody’s favourites to go up.

“They’ve got a togetherness and spirit about them and have made a good start to the season, although will be disappointed with the result last Saturday.

“We expect to see a team that fight for one another and still have the confidence that comes when you’ve recently got promoted.”

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