Mixed emotions for Awford

Nigel Atangana made a welcome return to Pompey's first team as a first-half substitute Picture: Joe Pepler

Nigel Atangana made a welcome return to Pompey's first team as a first-half substitute Picture: Joe Pepler

Kal Naismith celebrates after scoring his free-kick. Photo by Joe Pepler

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Andy Awford admitted he had mixed feelings after Pompey’s stalemate at Hartlepool.

The Blues chalked up a goalless draw for the third successive visit to Victoria Park but the Pompey boss felt his team had done enough to take victory.

Awford said: ‘Every point is a good point, especially away from home.

‘But we will look back at those chances and think we probably should have had all three.

‘Off the back of two defeats away from home, it was important we stopped that rot.

‘I’m delighted with a clean sheet but we had enough clear-cut chances.

‘Colin Cooper will be saying they had chances, but ours were more clear-cut.

‘I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t take all three points but at least we are back on the bus with something.

‘We spoke about dominating from the start and not giving them encouragement and that is as good as we have started for a while.

‘Hartlepool got more positive towards the end and caused a few problems.

‘But we defended well and saw that out.

‘It’s a point on the board and we move on to the next game.’

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