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Cowley: A Strong Finish

Boss looks ahead to Cheltenham test

7 April 2022

Danny Cowley
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Danny Cowley is looking for a successful conclusion to the League One campaign for his Pompey side.

With seven games remaining in a packed April schedule, there is certainly the opportunity to collect plenty of points.

Next us is a trip to face Cheltenham this Saturday, which precedes a run of four fixtures out of six on home soil.

Cowley knows it will not be easy against a mid-table Robins outfit who have impressed back in the third tier, but is eager for his players to show what they can do.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve only lost one in 11, but in some of those recent games we haven’t been able to turn draws into wins.

“The end of the season is really important for this team and we want to finish it strongly. We need to grow and improve.

“We felt that we played well enough on Tuesday to win, but we didn’t. The important thing for us is to learn why.

"We’ve only lost one in 11, but in some of those recent games we haven’t been able to turn draws into wins."

Danny Cowley

“So we want to find some more conviction in our decision making and be more clinical in the final third.

“It’s probably the tightest pitch you’ll play on in this division on Saturday and we’ll be facing a very determined Cheltenham side.

“They’ve done extremely well under Michael Duff and are an organised team – both in and out of possession.

“There have been some excellent results for them at home and in Alfie May, they’ve got the in-form striker in League One.

“We’ve got a lot of respect for them and what they’ve achieved, so we’ll have to be at our very best to come out on the right side.”

Shaun Williams came off the bench at Bolton earlier in the week to make his first appearance since suffering a back injury in January.

Cowley said: “There was a period when we didn’t think he would play again this season because the rehab started so slowly.

“But then the speed of his recovery was quick and so to have him back available was a real bonus for us.”

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