Caretaker boss pleased with Pompey resilience

Pompey stood firm at Victoria Park this afternoon. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey stood firm at Victoria Park this afternoon. Picture: Joe Pepler
The under-repair South stand will not be used for the Bournemouth friendly. Picture: Colin Farmery

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Andy Awford insisted he was satisfied with Pompey’s resolute defensive display as they ground out a 0-0 draw at Hartlepool to end their run of five straight defeats.

The Blues caretaker boss made no apologies for his emphasis in trying to shore up the defence and drilled the side to ensure they kept a long overdue clean sheet.

And Awford believes his side must have that sound base as they look to move forward.

He said: ‘I’m pleased. I asked for a bit more resilience and a bit more character and I can’t fault the lads.

‘I thought they were superb in sticking together and seeing the game out.

‘People who know me will know that I base everything on keeping clean sheets.

‘If you can’t win, you don’t lose – it’s as simple as that.

‘Whatever happens moving forward, they have to have that base of stability, solidity, resilience and desire.

‘They are things you need in any team. They showed those qualities.

‘We had a 0-0 up here as well last season and we stopped the rot.

‘I thought we defended very resolutely but I felt we had enough opportunities to have won the game in the first half - particularly when Jed’s shot hit the post.

‘The keeper made a good save and tipped it on to the post but I thought it was going to trickle in.

‘But overall, I’m happy with the 0-0 draw.’