Awford happy with Pompey momentum

James Dunne had one of the few chances for Pompey last night. Picture: Joe Pepler
James Dunne had one of the few chances for Pompey last night. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford reflected on Pompey’s pleasing momentum after picking up a point at Dagenham & Redbridge.

The Blues were held to a goalless draw at Victoria Road last night in an uninspiring encounter which lacked goal-scoring opportunities.

Awford believed it reflected a fair result as his side chalked up a third successive clean sheet.

It was also a fifth point collected during that spell as Pompey’s steady development continues, albeit they remain in 16th in the League Two standings.

And for Pompey’s boss, the progress is encouraging.

Awford said: ‘I don’t think Wayne (Burnett) can argue and I can’t argue that neither team did enough to win it.

‘But I think you have to give both teams credit for the way they defended.

‘From my point of view, defensively I am delighted and I am sure Wayne is as well, so it was a fair result overall.

‘Both teams got to 25-yards out and then nothing happened.

‘It was quite open, with lots of endeavour and lots of huff and puff.

‘Our workers put their shift in but for our flair players it didn’t quite happen and we would have liked a bit more quality and better play in the final third.

‘Sometimes it doesn’t happen and you get those games where teams snuff each other out, that is what happened last night.

‘But on a positive note it is three clean sheets, we are delighted with that.

‘We are getting momentum, are unbeaten in three and the longer we go unbeaten the quicker we are going to climb the table.

‘Any point away from home is a good point but we didn’t go there for a point, we wanted all three.

‘But there was no difference in the mentality or outlook on it.

‘If we can keep that solidity and do a bit more in the final third then I am comfortable and confident we can keep moving forwards.’

An area of concern for the Blues was the lack of shots on target against the Daggers.

A glancing Joe Devera header and James Dunne’s heavily-deflected shot was the sum of the visitors’ attacking play.

It was a poor return against a side below Pompey in the table on goal difference.

And Awford admitted that was an aspect which was disappointing.

He added: ‘We created a host of chances against Wycombe with the same players – apart from Ben Chorley and Joe Devera.

‘We also created a lot of chances on Saturday with the same team against Hartlepool but that wasn’t the case last night.

‘Having said that, you have got to say it is a fair result – both teams snuffed each other out.’