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Cowley: Back It Up

Boss looks ahead to Lincoln test

14 April 2022

Danny Cowley

Danny Cowley has been impressed with Pompey’s form over the past couple of months.

And he wants to see his side continue to collect points in order to end the League One campaign on a high.

Since being rather unfortunate to lose at Oxford at the start of February, there have been just a couple of defeats.

Now Cowley is hoping that record will continue on Good Friday when Pompey host a Lincoln side he enjoyed plenty of success with.

The Blues boss said: “In the 13 games since early February, we’ve picked up 25 points – which almost works out as two a match.

“That would be enough for automatic promotion over the course of the season, so we have seen a level of consistency.

“I really liked our performance on Tuesday and the way we stood up to the physical approach of Rotherham.

“We were pleased with our levels and good teams are able to back that up, which is what we want to do on Friday.

“Lincoln a team who have done very well away from home – it’s rare to see a side with more wins on the road than their own ground.

"We were pleased with our levels and good teams are able to back that up, which is what we want to do on Friday."

Danny Cowley

“They like to try to control the possession and also have a real threat on the counter, and it’s a club that will forever have a special place in mine and Nicky’s hearts.

“We’ll always be grateful for the opportunity that they gave us and there are some wonderful people there. We made friendships that will last a lifetime.

“Having said that, we’ll be doing everything we can to get the win for Pompey on Friday and will try to identify the areas where we can hurt them.”

Pompey will come up against striker John Marquis, who left Fratton Park in January to sign for the Imps.

Cowley said: “He is someone we obviously know well and we have a lot of respect for him as a professional.

“Ever since I arrived at the club he always worked incredibly hard, was humble and wanted to get better.

“It didn’t work out the way all of us would have liked, but he’s gone to Lincoln, scored some goals and will be hungry to score on Friday.”

Cowley will wait before making a decision on the fitness of Michael Jacobs, Marcus Harness and Louis Thompson, who all collected injuries against Rotherham.

He said: “We picked up a few injuries on Tuesday and the turnaround is quick. We’re hoping they’ll be available and will give them as long as possible.”

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