Goal frenzy in Awford’s positivity

Pompey manager Andy Awford Picture: Jeff Marshman
Pompey manager Andy Awford Picture: Jeff Marshman

Andy Awford made no apologies for releasing the shackles once again as Fratton Park were royally entertained on the final day of the League Two season.

Considering he was a defender in his playing days, the tally of 18 goals in seven games from his Pompey side would indicate Awford felt the best form of defence was attack.

It’s a far cry from the previous regime where Pompey found the net just 11 times in 20 games under Richie Barker and drew blanks on 10 occasions.

Under Awford, they are unbeaten and have yet to fail to score in a game.

Awford said: ‘A six-goal thriller is the sort of thing that Fratton Park likes to 
see.

‘Obviously, we would have preferred a 4-2 rather than 3-3 scoreline but it was never going to be a boring 0-0 draw.

‘I couldn’t see that happening. We are better when we are playing with a positive attitude.

‘The only slight disappointment is we didn’t go on and win the game 4-2 or 5-2 because I felt we dominated and had the chances.

‘There was a spell in the second half where we were absolutely flying and should have put the game to bed.

‘Plymouth were hanging on at that stage.

‘I think we just should have scored when we had the chances and then the late goal wouldn’t have mattered.

‘We shouldn’t have been hanging on at the end.

‘We should have been well in front but I thought the players were fantastic.’

While Pompey were the better side and created far more chances, Plymouth deserve credit for the way they stuck to their task and took their opportunties.

Awford said: ‘You don’t always get what you deserve and you have to give Plymouth credit for staying in the game and pegging us back.

‘We conceded from three set-pieces and it’s a little bit disappointing.

‘Short corner – goal, free-kick – goal and corner – goal.

‘We do our homework and maybe that is something to look at to make sure we get that right next season.

‘But I certainly won’t criticise the performance.

‘Overall, the performance was magnificent. The players gave their all out there and there were a few tired bodies at the end of it. They gave me everything and that was all I asked of them again.

‘I’m really pleased with them and really proud.

‘In fact, I thought the performance was right up there with anything we’ve produced this season.

‘We played some great stuff at times and we could have easily scored five or six on the chances we created.’

– STEVE WILSON