Lawrence: Keep the faith

Liam Lawrence in action against Leeds
Liam Lawrence in action against Leeds
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Liam Lawrence urged Pompey’s owners to keep the faith with Steve Cotterill.

And the Blues skipper promised the Fratton faithful his team will turn their fortunes around after the 1-0 defeat to Leeds.

Lawrence vowed the Pompey camp remain united and have the conviction they can get their season moving.

Danny Pugh’s first-half header made it four defeats in five for Cotterill’s side and left them 18th in the League table.

Lawrence admitted the form is infuriating but is adamant the Blues will come good.

And he believes the club’s owners need to give their manager the time to allow that to happen.

Lawrence said: ‘It’s really frustrating.

‘I just hope we can come out of it. I’m sure we will because we’ve got enough quality.

‘We’ve got good enough players and coaching staff to turn this around.

‘I feel for the fans who came to Hull and Leeds and saw 1-0 losses.

‘I know they clapped us at the end but I bet they were gutted inside and wanted to give us a right rollicking.

‘I just hope they stay with us because, if they do, we’ve got a chance.

‘There is absolutely no problem with the players and the management, nothing like that.

‘We talked about it after the game. We’re together.

‘We are together with the manager.

‘I’ve worked with some good managers and he is up there.

‘The club is getting there. The new owners have come in and done a good job.

‘I hope that continues and they keep faith with the manager.

‘At the end of the day, we are the ones who started poorly against Leeds, not the manager.

‘We know it’s us but I believe we will turn it around.’

Lawrence was certain Pompey deserved a point from the game after forcing Leeds on to the back foot throughout the second half.

That followed a first 45 minutes when his team were not at the races, however.

Lawrence warned his team-mates they can’t afford to deliver such inconsistent performances.

He said: ‘In the first half we were terrible and in the second half we got our acts together.

‘I thought we did enough to get back into the game in the second half and we deserved a point.

‘I can’t put my finger on why it was like that.

‘In the first half we didn’t pass and we didn’t get our foot on the ball.

‘We didn’t press and get it together from the back to the front.

‘In the second half we squeezed, got the midfield man for man and got King on the ball.

‘We started to play but it’s too late. You can’t do that.

‘I don’t know what it is. It’s been one of those seasons so far.

‘We are either good or bad and never in between.’

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