Awford rues fine lines

Matt Tubbs was unable to open his Pompey account as the Blues slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Southend on Saturday    Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Tubbs was unable to open his Pompey account as the Blues slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Southend on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
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Andy Awford bemoaned once again falling the wrong side of fine lines following Pompey’s latest defeat.

The Blues slipped to a 2-1 loss to Southend on Saturday, leaving their manager fighting to keep his job.

Adam Webster’s deflected header had given the hosts a 24th-minute lead, before Ryan Leonard and then Joe Pigott settled matters.

Awford felt once again his side were not over-run by their latest fixture against promotion-chasing sides.

All the same, another defeat ensued to leave Pompey in 18th spot.

He said: ‘We were the best side for 20-25 minutes, got the goal and, as last week, you get the goal and hope to win the game.

‘It’s fine lines, it’s just disappointing we didn’t manage to get anything out of it.

‘There wasn’t too much in the game and I am not stupid enough to say we deserved to win easy, of course we didn’t.

‘But it was very, very tight again. Having said that, we are not getting results and have to improve on it.

‘Once Southend equalised it gave them a shot, gave them confidence and when you haven’t won for so long like we haven’t, the anxiety creeps in, they are human beings.

‘I think we needed half-time – last week we didn’t and were well on top, this week we did and needed to regroup. We spoke to the players about a few things and you try to improve.

‘It was desperation at the end I suppose and we are putting balls into the box as much as we can, but nothing would drop, the keeper had a save and when it came out it came to them again when we’ve got enough bodies in there.

‘He’s made a couple of saves at vital times for them.’

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Regardless, Awford’s side are now without a win since November 22 and picked up five victories in their last 27 fixtures.

In addition, since Alan McLoughlin left as joint first-team coach, the Blues have collected three points out a possible 21.

The attention is now fixed on Awford, with members of the crowd chanting ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ when Andy Barcham was substituted in the 74th minute.

Clearly the pressure is on Pompey’s boss, but he was afterwards full of praise for the Fratton faithful’s performance.

He added: ‘The crowd were fantastic again, I have got to say that, the backing we get was pheneminal and it’s just getting frustrating we haven’t been able to get anything from the game.

‘Look, there are no excuses, I take full responsibility for it and we get in tomorrow morning and work again.’

– NEIL ALLEN