No complaints at slender wins

Craig Westcarr
Craig Westcarr

Pompey will have no complaints if another narrow 1-0 victory improves their away-day fortunes.

The Blues have not scored more than one goal in a match since the 3-2 home defeat to Accrington back in December – 10 games ago – when Marcus Bean and Craig Westcarr were both on target.

Since then, it’s been blanks or a single goal, although that has been enough to build an encouraging run of form.

With four straight clean sheets at the other end, it has signalled an upturn in results which now has Pompey looking up the League two table again.

To continue their climb, boss Andy Awford knows the results on the road must follow, with still just the one success at Oxford to their name so far this season.

But if it’s another 1-0 win, so be it – according to Blues boss Awford.

He said: ‘In our past eight fixtures, every game has been a draw or one goal has decided it. Those are the fine lines.

‘I don’t know if it will happen but I’d like to think we can go out there tomorrow and score a few.

‘We beat Morecambe, Carlisle and Dagenham 3-0 so we haven’t always won by a single goal.

‘The last time I looked, you got the same amount of points for winning 1-0 as you do 6-0.

‘I would rather win 3-0 or 4-0, of course, but I would take another 1-0 at Cambridge right now.

‘In general, we have created enough chances. But the key is the solidity and making sure that we are rock solid as a unit.

‘If you don’t let goals in, you remain unbeaten.

‘And if you remain unbeaten, you climb the table. That’s what we want to do.’

Pompey have turned in some much-improved displays since their dismal Boxing Day loss to AFC Wimbledon and have also looked a lot harder to beat on their travels lately.

But Awford has pointed to the moments of fortune that have had their influence, even though his side also had their own hard luck stories last weekend.

He added: ‘I think the players have delivered in the past two or three away performances and we are undefeated in our last three games away from home.

‘If you look at the bigger picture, we haven’t got enough points away from home. That is a fact and all we can do is to keep trying hard to put it right.

‘We’ve had our little bit of good fortune in the past couple of games, which has helped us. Wycombe and Exeter both hit the bar.

‘Hopefully we get that little bit of fortune again at Cambridge.’