Awford: No more urgency to strengthen

Pompey defender Paul Robinson Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey defender Paul Robinson Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford insists the urgency for new recruits has not been cranked up following the Plymouth defeat.

Instead, Pompey’s boss is adamant the drive to strengthen has long been present, regardless of recent disappointing performances.

The emergency loan window closes on Thursday, November 27, before reopening at the turn of the year.

It ensures there’s less than a week for Awford to bolster his squad, with an injury to key-man James Dunne and a lack of form shown by others to contend with.

The Blues manager currently has Miles Storey, Paul Robinson and Alex Wynter on loan, so spaces are available.

But for Awford the search has long been in progress.

He said: ‘I don’t think the search can be more urgent because I am always urgent, it is urgent anyway. If a player became available who we think will improve our squad then we will do it win, lose or draw.

‘If we had won on Saturday I would still be looking for players to improve the squad, so that doesn’t change – you are always on the look out.

‘We would still have been in the market regardless. That result hasn’t changed my thinking.

‘After tomorrow at Aldershot it would be the same, the urgency has always been there.

‘If we didn’t have any players then obviously off we go and look at that straight away, but we are constantly looking.

‘Paul Robinson comes back into selection at Aldershot. He has served his one-match ban now, which is a plus for us after his performances this season.

‘We also keep looking, with the window closing on November 27 and then reopening in the January transfer window.’