Awford at a loss to explain Pompey away form

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Andy Awford has revealed he is at a loss to explain the Blues’ wretched away form.

Pompey tomorrow head to struggling Tranmere Rovers clutching just one League Two win away from Fratton Park this season.

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

Such dreadful results on the their travels is nothing new – the Blues have won only 21 of their last 120 league away matches.

It is an infuriating scenario for Awford whose side, in contrast, boast one of the best home records in the division.

But away from the south coast it has been six points from a possible 27 so far this season.

Pompey’s boss said: ‘It has been an ongoing saga.

‘Solving it is the million-dollar question and what we have been striving for is a bit of consistency.

‘Tomorrow will be difficult to hit the levels we did against Morecambe. I think that was very, very good at times.

‘But I have looked at everything, I am thorough.

‘We have looked at travel, we have looked at food, we have looked at what they do in the evenings, what they do in the mornings, who they room with. Do we give them single rooms?

‘What time they go to sleep, what time they go to bed.

‘I have looked at absolutely everything and we still lost at Aldershot.

‘The players can’t put a finger on it. I can’t really.

‘I am at a loss with it, we have got to kick-start it.

‘I have thought about playing bingo on a Friday night, honestly, just anything to occupy them. Maybe we have a go of X-Factor, we have got to do something.

‘They go out on the pitch, they are fully prepared, we do it as professionally as we can for the money we can spend as a League Two club and we do it well.

‘The players here get treated properly, there are no excuses.

‘I have hidden away from it at times. I’ve said “let’s not mention it because it gets in their heads” to “actually, let’s mention it and say it is not good enough”, which we have all week and worked and worked and worked. They have trained really well.

‘We are going to be a mid-table team if we don’t produce away from home because I know we will get enough points at Fratton Park.

‘We’ve got to go out tomorrow and deliver.’

The Blues’ last away match was the FA Cup elimination at non-league Aldershot.

Their response was a fine 3-0 Fratton Park victory over Morecambe last weekend which raised spirits.

Now they take on a Tranmere side who have failed to win in the league since August and are currently second from bottom.

Awford added: ‘It will be a very hard game at Tranmere.

‘You look at the table, they are second bottom and we are 10th but it is not like that.

‘We were 13th and Morecambe were eighth last weekend, so did people expect them to win here?

‘It will be a hard game, no doubt about that.’

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