Awfs salutes Pompey team spirit

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

Andy Awford hailed the strength of Pompey’s team spirit following a third successive victory.

The Blues turned on the style to comprehensively outplay Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday in a 4-1 triumph.

It’s the first time since February 22, 2011 – when Steve Cotterill was manager in the Championship – the club have recorded three wins in a row.

The result leaves Pompey in 16th spot, although still only five points off the relegation zone.

Regardless of the tightly-packed table, Awford has won all three of his matches in caretaker charge since replacing Richie Barker.

And he believes the bond within the squad and backroom staff has proven decisive.

He said: ‘They are a good group, normally you get grumpy players when it’s just the XI players picked but we haven’t got that.

‘We’ve got such a spirit in that dressing room and it’s delightful, it’s brilliant to work with at the moment.

‘The players are giving us absolutely everything.

‘Every single player pulled their weight on Saturday, all 14 of them, every single player on that pitch.

‘Pat Agyemang has come on, holds the ball up and runs and runs and runs and keeps the ball and does what you want him to do in the last 15 minutes. Absolutely terrific from him.

‘The quality is there, it’s getting the best out of it, we don’t just turn up and train, a lot goes into it as you can imagine.

‘It’s not just turn up and throw the cones and the bibs down, there’s a lot of hard work and that is why the staff are important as well.

‘It’s my job at the moment to guide that and lead that, which I am enjoying doing, because we are winning – and long may that continue.’