Awford: Team responsibility to net

Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey v Plymouth: pre-match talking points

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Andy Awford has reiterated it is his team’s responsibility to find their scoring touch – not solely his strikers.

A second successive goalless draw on Saturday against York means the Blues have now fired blanks in six of their past nine matches in all competitions.

Jed Wallace Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace Picture: Joe Pepler

It is an ever-concerning statistic, leading to some supporter criticism towards Craig Westcarr at York on Saturday.

He was one of a number of players to miss golden opportunities to net at Bootham Crescent.

Front men Ryan Taylor, Patrick Agyemang, Miles Storey and now Michael Drennan have been used in attack this season to reap the goals.

But Awford is adamant it should be a team effort.

He said: ‘Against York I would have backed Jed Wallace going through and scoring. Danny Hollands of last year would have got a couple and there were a few from set-pieces we haven’t managed to convert.

‘It is easy to say if we are not scoring goals it’s the forwards’ fault – it’s not.

‘It’s like because we are keeping clean sheets it is credit to the goalkeeper and defence, it’s a unit. I know it is an old cliche but it really is a team thing.

‘Saturday was the best we played away from home since Yeovil in my opinion.

‘I thought Taylor was good coming on. It opened it up for us, definitely.

‘And the amount of chances we create, someone is going to a get a tonking, they really are.’