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Cowley: Feet On The Ground

Boss looks ahead to Doncaster test

11 February 2022

Danny Cowley
Photo: Robin Jones

Pompey will look to make it back-to-back victories when they welcome Doncaster to Fratton Park on Saturday.

Danny Cowley is hoping his side can build on their first league win of 2022, having seen off Burton earlier in the week.

They will be facing a Rovers side who are bottom of the table, but have come out on top in their past two away games.

And while he admits that the feeling in the camp is positive, Cowley is certainly not getting carried away.

The Blues boss said: “It’s always good to win, but we try not to get too low when things aren’t going too well or too high when they are.

“We always have to stick with the process, although there’s naturally a nice feeling when you do get a positive result.

“There’s a really good group here and we’re still evolving – on and off the pitch – with new players arriving in January.

"It’s always good to win, but we try not to get too low when things aren’t going too well or too high when they are."

Danny Cowley

“We want to build on Tuesday’s performance because while there were elements we were really pleased with – such as our threat from set-pieces – there are also things for us to work on.

“Now we’re looking to find a bit more rhythm, but we’re certainly feeling confident as we look forward.

“There are no easy games – look at Doncaster’s past two away fixes, where they’ve beaten both MK Dons and Sunderland. Not many teams will do that.

“Gary McSheffrey is doing a good job and they had a busy January window, adding pace and athleticism at the top of the pitch.

“We’re really respectful of the threats they’ll bring to us on Saturday and the fact they’re currently bottom, says a lot about the strength of League One this season.”

Kieron Freeman and Shaun Williams are both currently sidelined for Pompey, but Cowley has no new fitness concerns.

He said: “We’ve come through all clear from Tuesday, which is a real positive after picking up a couple of injuries in recent weeks.

“Obviously we’ve got the suspension for Joe Morrell as well, so we needed to emerge unscathed from Burton and fortunately, that’s the case.”


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