Awfs bans talk of winnable run

Blues boss Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Blues boss Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
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ANDY AWFORD is banning talk of a winnable run of games in February for Pompey.

And the Blues boss explained he is learning from his own mistake of looking too far ahead at a group of fixtures.

Awford’s team go to Dagenham & Redbridge tonight after beating bottom-of-the-table Hartlepool.

That’s ahead of a string of fixtures against teams currently outside of the League Two promotion picture.

Awford knows he can’t afford to set targets or lose sight of what’s in front him.

That’s something he’s done before – to his cost.

Awford said: ‘I’m looking at it game by game.

‘We’re concentrating on Dagenham.

‘We need to keep our feet on the ground because I’ve been here before.

‘We need to look short term.

‘Not going overboard is definitely a learning curve for me.

‘I can’t say we’re looking for 12 or 13 points from five games in February.

‘Forget that. We’re not doing that.

‘Let’s get three points against Dagenham, slow down and take a breath.

‘We’ve struggled with consistency so we can’t afford to look too far ahead.

‘We’re not looking at a batch of games.

‘I’ve done it before. I’ve looked at things as a batch.

‘It doesn’t work like that.

‘It’s part of my education to learn from that.’

Awford explained he had to resist the temptation to look at Dagenham ahead of the Hartlepool clash, with the two games arriving in quick succession.

He said: ‘I didn’t look at Dagenham until Sunday morning.

‘Some people asked me whether I wanted to because there’s a quick turnaround. I didn’t want to do that.

‘It’s not about Exeter, Cambridge or Tranmere. It’s about Dagenham now.

‘I’m not stretching it.’

Awford acknowledged a lack of consistency has been a big part of Pompey’s failings so far this season.

But with Matt Tubbs hitting a vital winner on Saturday, confidence is growing and the Blues are gaining some momentum.

Awford said: ‘The problem this season has been consistency of results.

‘The consistency of performances has been a bit better, but not the results.

‘We’ve struggled for consistency.

‘But we can all see the confidence coming back with the way we’re playing.’