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Cowley’s Home Run

Boss delighted to be back at Fratton Park

25 February 2022

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It has been a busy week on the road for Danny Cowley’s side – including one particularly wasted journey.

They got all the way up to Crewe last Saturday, only to have the game controversially called off with a little over an hour before kick-off.

Thankfully, it was a more fruitful trip a few days later, with Pompey scoring late to see off stubborn Shrewsbury.

Now, however, Cowley is looking forward to a trio of successive south coast fixtures, as he tries to mastermind an extension to the current three-match winning run.

The Blues boss said: “We now go into another tough week, but it’s three home games and we love playing at Fratton Park.

“We are going to need our supporters to help drive our energy and intensity – I’m sure, like always, they’ll do that.

“This is an incredibly competitive division and everyone seems to be beating everyone, but our focus is just on our own process and this is a pivotal week for us.

“We’re on a good run of form and we still want to build because we feel there’s a lot to come from this group and improvements to make.

“I’m really proud of our players for their response to the injustice at Oxford, when we produced so much effort and came away with nothing.

“Lesser teams and characters might have gone under, but we showed a lot of fortitude and have been repaid.

"We’re on a good run of form and we still want to build because we feel there’s a lot to come from this group and improvements to make."

Danny Cowley

“I’ve always believed that football’s an honest game and if you keep working hard, then the rewards will come.”

First up is a clash with a Fleetwood outfit who are currently sitting just a couple of points above the League One drop zone.

Cowley said: “It will be a very tough test against a side who have enjoyed a long break since their last game.

“I’m sure there will also be frustration in their camp about the fixtures that have been cancelled because of the weather.

“But that gap will also have given them a chance to freshen up and prepare well for facing us on Saturday.

“They will definitely be a challenge for us physically, although we’re in good spirits after three games on a spin.”

Cowley is looking forward to seeing lots of young fans inside the ground on Saturday, with junior tickets priced from just £1.

He said: “I love the ‘Kids for a Quid’ offer and we’ve got to make sure those youngsters become Pompey supporters.

“We’re unique as a city because there’s such an allegiance and connection to this club and we have to make sure that continues.

“You see so many other places where the children support the Premier League clubs or have two teams.

“But we don’t want that and have to make sure we can capture their imagination – that’s our challenge.

“That’s why Nicky and I – along with Andy Cullen – have been getting out when we can and meeting different supporter groups to build those relationships.”


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