Awford criticises Pompey mistakes

Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Andy Awford has criticised the Pompey mistakes which inflicted a 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth tonight.

Defensive errors gifted the Cherries a 3-0 lead by the 36th minute through goals from Tokelo Rantie, Brett Pitman and Harry Arter.

Pompey wideman Andy Barcham battles for the ball with Bournemouth skipper Simon Francis    Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey wideman Andy Barcham battles for the ball with Bournemouth skipper Simon Francis Picture: Joe Pepler

The Blues made nine changes at the break and put in an improved second-half display during which they reduced the deficit.

James Dunne’s thumping volley from distance and Jed Wallace’s penalty ensured the scoreline finished 3-2.

And afterwards Awford reflected on the failings in the first half which laid the foundation for the loss.

He said: ‘In patches we played quite well in the first half, but it was about decision making.

‘There was a straight long ball for the first goal that we should defend better, the second the cross is too easy and the header is too easy and the third is comical.

‘I’ve told them that, we had a few words. They have got to do better than that.

‘The second half was better because we made better decisions – but the first half we still played some decent stuff and did okay.’