Bristol Rovers 1 Pompey 2: League table is no concern to Paul Cook

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Paul Cook insists he is not interested in the League Two table as Pompey climbed into top spot.

The Blues boss saw his side carve out a 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers to extend their unbeaten run in the league to nine matches this season as goals from Gareth Evans and Jayden Stockley sealed a deserved victory.

But Cook believes the table is meaningless at such an early stage of the campaign and remains focused on the bigger picture.

Cook said: ‘It’s nine games into the season, so being top of the table doesn’t mean anything yet – why would it?

‘I’m not really interested, if the truth be known.

‘My job is to bring stability and success to this club.

‘If we were sitting in 14th, it wouldn’t be any different – although I would probably be under massive pressure because that is the nature of the game we’re in.

‘These games become bigger and tables become more important in April.

‘We are on 19 points after nine games, so we are doing all right and we will just keep working hard.

‘But I’m sure it will please the supporters and they are the most important people at the club.

‘It’s better than being bottom, I suppose!’

The depth of Cook’s Pompey squad was tested in the absence of the suspended Michael Doyle, while Adam McGurk was ruled out minutes before kick-off after picking up an ankle injury in the warm-up.

Cook said: ‘I’ve got great belief in the players here.

‘Adam did his ankle in the warm-up, which was unfortunate but Jayden came in and got the goal.

‘We had to make a few changes but we’re happy with the way the squad is working together.

‘We were excellent and we deserved our win.’