Boss charts a top-10 hit

Wes Fogde, right, celebrates his winner against Bury Picture: Joe Pepler
Wes Fogde, right, celebrates his winner against Bury Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey could pick up some valuable momentum for next season if they can seal their unlikely top-10 finish, according to Andy Awford.

If the Blues beat Plymouth and Bury fail to win at Morecambe, it will see Awford’s side end the campaign in ninth place – a far cry from the relegation dogfight that they were involved in just six games ago.

But the new Blues boss believes another victory and a high finish can give the club a welcome boost that can be used as a springboard for success next term.

Awford said: ‘To finish in the top 10 would be brilliant.

‘To have that momentum to take into next season would be great.

‘You often see a lot of teams get promoted and then get promoted again because they have that momentum.

‘I’m not saying it would definitely work like that but you are better off finishing with that bit of momentum rather than on a downward spiral.

‘It definitely gives you that kick on for the following season.’

Most Pompey fans would have taken last-day survival when they fell to within two points of the drop zone under previous manager Richie Barker.

But it’s been a fine run of form under Awford that shows what could have been achieved had the revival started just that little bit sooner.

They could yet finish the season just eight points behind the final play-off berth.

‘It shows you how tight League Two is in that middle bracket,’ said Awford.

‘Up until a few weeks ago, about 10 teams were in the mix to go down.

‘We’ve shown that you can climb the places if you can get a run together, which we’ve done.’

Awford, however, is quick to point out that most Blues fans would have taken a season of stability, especially with the club’s finances in good health.

He said: ‘If you had said to any fan with some common sense before a ball was kicked at the start of the season, you will finish in the top-10 and the club is in a good financial position, I think most would have snapped your hand off.

‘I certainly would have done – none of us would have said no to that.

‘A top-10 finish and to flirt with the play-offs would have been a good season I think.

‘We haven’t quite had that. Instead, we flirted with relegation.

‘Of course, we would have liked it to have been better on the pitch.

‘But we have had a good run of form and now we want to finish that off in the right way in front of our own fans.’