McGurk’s not concerned with Pilgrims’ progress

Adam McGurk. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam McGurk. Picture: Joe Pepler

They are seven points clear of Pompey with over a third of the season gone.

But Adam McGurk isn’t paying any attention to Plymouth. Or anyone else for that matter.

McGurk insisted his focus is lying much closer to home as his side prepare to take on AFC Wimbledon on Sunday.

And that means making big improvements in the quality of performance from the one delivered against Macclesfield last weekend.

Pompey are in third place at present, and will drop down the table with their game arriving after the rest of their League Two rivals.

But McGurk underlined he isn’t concerned by what is going on around the Blues.

He said: ‘Personally, I’m not thinking about Plymouth.

‘I don’t really care what points they are on.

‘I’m not looking at anyone. I’m looking at ourselves.

‘We go out expecting to win any game in our league, home and away.

‘That’s the expectation levels at this club, and we have to go out and deliver.

‘It doesn’t make much difference at this time of the year unless someone is 20 points clear.

‘There’s still a long way to go.

‘It’s about us. It’s all about us and not looking to see if Plymouth or Oxford win.

‘It’s about trying to get three points against Wimbledon.’

The display against Macclesfield last weekend left Paul Cook fuming, despite his team progressing in the FA Cup.

The Pompey boss was unhappy his side were unable to keep the ball or play with the penetration needed to open sides up.

McGurk, who was unhappy with his own performance despite scoring two goals, didn’t need to be told that was the case by his manager.

He said: ‘We need to be better in possession this week.

‘I don’t think the manager needed to tell us anything, we already knew.

‘But he’s got high standards and us players have high standards.

‘That wasn’t how we wanted to play or the level of performance we wanted.

‘So we need to get the balance of playing well and wining.’

Pompey go into Sunday’s game with the Dons looking to improve on a run of three league games without a win. That includes a first league defeat on the road at Notts County, although it arrived with a performance which warranted a return at Meadow Lane.

McGurk knows his team are still searching for the level of performance and consistency needed to stay the course in a promotion hunt.

But that reality can be seen as a plus and minus with more in Pompey’s locker.

McGurk said: ‘It can be a negative and a positive.

‘At times so far we’ve played really well and at times we’ve failed to break teams down.

‘It’s just trying to get the balance.

‘The manager is angry because he can see the potential.

‘He can see we’re so close to giving a real punishment to a team.

‘In possession against Notts County we weren’t ruthless, that’s the hardest bit.

‘It’s the fine margins.’