Blues will never ‘park bus’ on travels

Paul Cook.  Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler

POMPEY will not ‘park the bus’ as they prepare to go on the road.

The Blues travel to Luton this weekend ahead of a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy trip to Exeter on Tuesday.

If we get beat our supporters know we’re not parking any buses. Why should we?

Paul Cook

And Paul Cook is expecting an entertaining spectacle as his side meet the Hatters at Kenilworth Road.

He said: ‘Every manager sets up differently.

‘I think if you are a team trying to dominate the ball teams will say you haven’t hurt them. That’s an illogical thing.

‘I thought people came to games to watch a match.

‘They don’t come into grounds to watch teams get behind the ball.

‘If we play whoever tomorrow we will go and have a match.

‘If we get beat our supporters know we’re not parking any buses. Why should we?

‘I think we have games at places like Luton coming up where they’ll have a go, and there will be entertaining games.’

Pompey encountered a Crawley team who were on the defensive last week on their own patch.

Cook is expecting the same to happen again, but is adamant his approach will remain the same.

He said: ‘When I was at Chesterfield they tried to stop us. That’s football. This is the frustrating thing.

‘We struggled to break people down and then people wanted physicality, 4-4-2 and pumping balls into the box.

‘But if you change the way you play you won’t dominate the game as much.

‘There’s a reason why. My brother taught me a very good thing about the game.

‘Sometimes in the necessity to win a game you lose it. Draw 0-0. Shake hands and say, no problem, we’ll see you again.

‘We know we will go on and win games. The teams you are playing won’t playing like that.’