Awford: Triumph for the underdogs

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Conor Chaplin in action against Northampton. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Andy Awford reflected on ‘underdogs’ Pompey’s Capital One Cup progress and insisted: That was a scalp.

The Blues defeated League One side Peterborough 1-0 at Fratton Park last night through a Miles Storey goal.

Darren Ferguson’s men are eyeing promotion this term, having lost in the play-off semi-finals last season.

Yet they were second best to Pompey for much of the game, as Awford’s men deservedly marched into tonight’s second-round draw.

And for the Blues boss, the Posh result represented an upset.

‘We were the underdogs – we’ve got to be! We were playing a League One team who got to the play-off semi-finals,’ said Awford.

‘They’ve come off the back of a win at Rochdale, we’ve come off the back of a draw at Exeter.

‘I would imagine the bookies had them as favourites.

‘It’s a big scalp. We are where we are and we’re trying to build for the future.

‘They have been together a lot longer and Darren (Ferguson) is in his second spell now and knows the club inside out.

‘But we played the right way as well last night. I thought it was a really good, entertaining game for supporters.

‘If the players continue to put that effort in and that desire and that type of performance, then we are going to win more than we lose

‘I said about having a cup run – maybe this might be the year we get one, who knows.

‘It’s great to get through, I am absolutely delighted for everybody.’

The draw for the second round of the Capital One Cup takes place after tonight’s fixtures. Those clubs not involved in Europe, such as Manchester United, will enter at this stage.