McInnes: Today’s game is a must-win

Pompey chairman Iain McInnes

Pompey chairman Iain McInnes

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Pompey chairman Iain McInnes has labelled today’s League Two home clash with Southend as a ‘must-win’ game.

The Blues chief also believes next weekend’s league encounter away to Wycombe Wanderers has to produce ‘at least a point’ for Andy Awford’s side as the club continue to look over their shoulder and the possible threat of relegation.

His comments come from today’s official match programme and follows a Pompey run of form that has sees them looking for their first win in eight games going into today’s fixture with Southend at Fratton Park.

Last weekend’s 1-1 draw with second-placed Burton Albion saw a section of fans boo at the final whistle – not for the first time this season – heaping extra pressure on Awford.

However, McInnes believes a win today and a point at Adams Park is possible.

In his match-day notes the chairman said: ‘There has been a visible improvement in performance in the last three games against sides all occupying the promotion spaces.

‘We deserved at least seven points, but acquired only two and so that makes today’s fixture a must-win – whether that applies added pressure or not – and the away match against Wycombe needs to render us a point at least.

‘We are capable of achieving both.’

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