Awfs demands final charge

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

ANDY AWFORD prepared his resurgent Pompey for Northampton and vowed: There will be no let up.

The Blues boss has demanded his men deliver more of the same intensity which has driven them to the brink of League Two safety.

Awford knows a point at Sixfields today will officially confirm his team’s place in the Football League next season.

Defeat for either Bristol Rovers or Wycombe would also be enough to secure Pompey’s survival.

That’s after Rovers were beaten 3-2 on Saturday, despite Awford’s men twice getting pegged back in the first half.

The win took Pompey up to 14th in the table – seven points clear of the drop zone.

Now Awford is after another charge from his team against Chris Wilder’s side – who are fighting for their lives.

He said: ‘We’re still not there.

‘We still need to get that result at Northampton.

‘There will be no let up. That’s not a message – it’s a demand.

‘I’ve told (Rovers boss) Darrell Clarke we will go to Northampton all guns blazing – and we will.

‘I spoke to the players as a whole group after the game. Not just the 11 but everyone.

‘We have to be ready. We’ll go up there, have a right go at them and be ready.

‘Forget the integrity of the league. The players can’t let up because of their own personal pride.

‘They need to do it for the badge and this football club.

‘We need to get as high as we can up the league.

‘That’s what I’m telling the players. We aren’t letting up. No way.’

Awford will ask his side to lift themselves for a second game in 48 hours over the busy Easter period today.

Northampton have had an extra day’s rest after drawing at Wycombe on Friday.

But Awford is unconcerned about that fact, with confidence thriving from a run of four wins on the bounce.

The Blues boss has to decide whether to freshen up his side with a host of options to call on.

The likes of Ben Chorley, Jake Jervis, Romain Padovani and Thery Racon couldn’t even make the bench for Saturday’s victory.

Awford said: ‘Four wins out of four is a dream. But we need to maintain that.

‘There might be a need to freshen it up.

‘But you don’t get tired when you are winning.

‘I’ve been on winning runs when you are playing all the time and you can go again.

‘Their extra day doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

‘When you are winning and on the crest of a wave it doesn’t affect you.

‘I didn’t really look at the results on Friday and wasn’t that bothered because it’s about what we do.

‘So let’s continue that and continue with that same approach at Northampton.

‘When it’s working you don’t need to change that approach.’