Halford predicts a rout

Greg Halford reckons Pompey are due a big win and it could come tonight
Greg Halford reckons Pompey are due a big win and it could come tonight
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Greg Halford insisted Pompey are all set to click in front of goal and said: Someone is in for a hiding.

The Blues defender netted his fifth goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Preston but saw the hosts spurn some decent chances, which would have put them in control of the game.

After seeing a flurry of opportunities go begging at Reading the previous week, Halford is confident Pompey are creating enough chances to win games comfortably.

And with the club’s play-off hopes hanging by a thread, Halford is hopeful things will turn in tonight’s must-win game against Coventry.

He said: ‘It would be nice to get a big win.

‘On recent performances, we have deserved a big win and to kill teams off in the first half an hour.

‘We had plenty of chances against Reading and we had some good ones against Preston as well.

‘It would be nice to take a few against Coventry but we won’t rest on our laurels.

‘The lads played against them before I arrived but playing against them over the years, they are a tough side and they have got good individual players.

‘They may not be playing for anything but it will still be tough. They are a solid unit.’

The Sky Blues are nine points clear of danger and appear to well on their way to survival, despite some serious financial problems that threatened the club with administration.

And it may have escaped the attention of some but Pompey secured their own Championship safety at the weekend – unless Scunthorpe can win all six of their remaining games and make up a 38-goal deficit in the process.

Although Halford has not yet given up hope of a top-six berth, he believes avoiding a relegation battle deserves its own recognition after some of the difficulties at Fratton Park this season.

He said: It’s definitely an achievement considering we started the season so badly.

‘Then we went on a good run, had a tough run over Christmas and it looked like we could be fighting for our lives.

‘But then we had another good run and we still have a chance of getting in the play-offs.’

Most would suggest Pompey’s hopes of making the play-offs are now somewhere between ‘long shot’ and ‘no chance’ with six wins out of six now required to have any realistic hope.

But Halford revealed Blues boss Steve Cotterill has not thrown in the towel on the club’s challenge.

Halford said: ‘The manager certainly hasn’t given up.

‘He is an infectious character and his enthusiasm rubs off on all of us.

‘We will carry on fighting.’