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Cowley: I’m A Greedy Coach

Boss wants more ahead of Accrington clash

3 March 2022

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The goals are flowing freely and League One points are being accumulated at a steady rate.

So Danny Cowley is understandably pleased with the way things are currently going for his Pompey squad.

But never one to take a nap on some nearby laurels, he is keen for them to keep progressing over the remainder of the season.

And Cowley is keen to see further improvements at both ends of the pitch to help draw in the play-off pack.

The Blues boss said: “I think this is the most consistent that we’ve played – the closest to what we want to see from the side.

“We’re certainly carrying much more of a goal threat and have scored 10 in the past three home games. That’s a real positive.

“There are always areas where you can improve. I’m a greedy coach and so when the players show me something, I want it all the time.

“Even when we manage to reach the next level, we’re then going to want to move it to the level after that.

“We’re still trying to find that perfect performance, where we get it right offensively and defensively. That’s the fun of football.”

"Even when we manage to reach the next level, we’re then going to want to move it to the level after that."

Danny Cowley

Pompey are at Fratton Park for the third time in the space of just eight days this weekend, with Accrington the latest visitors to the south coast.

Cowley said: “They’re a super heavyweight in this division in terms of their physicality and their power.

“I have so much respect for John Coleman because of the brilliant job he does – year after year he’s able to unearth and develop young players from lower divisions.

“Nobody gets an easy game against Accrington Stanley and we know the threats they pose, such as their set-piece delivery.

“We will need to play at our best to get on the right side of the result and they’ve had a full week to prepare for facing us.

“But we’re pleased with the place we’re currently in and that the games are coming thick and fast while we’ll playing well.

“When we’ve had rhythm this season, we’ve been able to go on good runs and enjoy some positive results. “

Reeco Hackett is likely to miss the rest of the campaign after injuring his knee, but Michael Jacobs is nearing a return to action.

Cowley said: “Reeco saw a specialist on Thursday, so we’ll be able to find out the extent of the problem and what the next stage of his rehab is.

“Michael is close and we’re hoping that he’ll be available for Saturday, but we’ll just have to wait and see on that.”


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