Awford: We can scale erratic table

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Andy Awford is convinced the unpredictability of League Two can provide Pompey with the leg-up they need to scale the table.

A goalless draw at Dagenham & Redbridge in the week was the improving Blues’ fifth point from their last three fixtures.

But they remain in 16th spot, still 12 points adrift of the play-off spots.

The Tuesday night round-up of matches also yielded some surprising results in a tight-knit league.

Bottom-club Hartlepool defeated Northampton, while fellow relegation candidates York claimed a 2-2 draw at Luton having taken a 2-0 lead.

Elsewhere, struggling Tranmere drew at play-off contenders Newport County and Plymouth Argyle won at title-chasing Wycombe.

And for Awford, the openness of the league can only benefit his side as they seek to maintain their own momentum.

He said: ‘It was a tough run of games in January as we all know.

‘But on Tuesday night there were a right couple of results and I thought to myself flippin’ heck.

‘We keep saying everyone beats each other and there are no easy games in this league – and that proved it once again.

‘There is no stand-out team. Maybe you could say Shrewsbury look like the team who will kick on and they won at Carlisle on Tuesday.

‘But there’s no stand-out team.

‘Anybody can beat anybody, they really can, and the longer we go unbeaten the more we rise up the table.

‘That’s how we are looking at it.’

The Blues are currently five points off the relegation zone.