Awford: We’re letting rivals off hook

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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ANDY AWFORD has demanded Pompey find their clinical edge to inject renewed life into their season.

And the Blues boss is calling on his side to stop letting team’s off the hook when they dominate.

Awford’s troops made it four league draws on the bounce with their 1-1 result against Mansfield.

A poor first half was followed by a second-half onslaught as Pompey dominated late on.

But the Blues couldn’t get the win from the chances created.

Only Hartlepool and Cheltenham have scored fewer goals now in League Two.

Being more ruthless in the periods they are bossing games is the focus for Awford.

He said: ‘Teams will always have spells in the game at whatever level you are at.

‘But when you have it you must score. When we were on top we scored one. I want us to score twos and threes.

‘Then, when you have a dip, you have to be solid as a rock.

‘When you do that you win more than you lose.

‘We hit the keeper a lot when we finish. We hit the target but we aren’t clinical enough in the box.

‘We’ve been saying that for the last three or four weeks now. We have to be better.’

Awford felt it would be tough to replicate the intensity his men produced in the last 20 minutes on Saturday for a whole game.

‘We want the first half to be better, there’s no doubt about that,’ added Awford.

‘It’s difficult to keep the levels we reached at times in the second half for 90 minutes.

‘If you are asking that you are asking a lot.

‘What we have to do is, when we have those spells in games, score more goals.’