Paul Cook wants more from his ‘dogged’ Pompey

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Clarke Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey pair scrap it out for centre-half spot

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Paul Cook has called for more Pompey quality following a ‘dogged’ victory over struggling Newport County.

The Blues remain second after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Rodney Parade – their fifth league away win of the campaign.

We have got a group of players who are prepared to work hard for that jersey and while that happens you will always get clapped off by your supporters

Paul Cook

Matt Tubbs’ goal deep into first-half stoppage time was the difference, yet Cook’s men were far from fluent against League Two’s bottom club.

Although comfortable in defence throughout, it was further upfield which disappointed the Blues boss.

And he wants improvements heading into tomorrow night’s visit of Stevenage.

He said: ‘I don’t think we played well.

‘We were dogged, had to work hard at the ugly side of the game, didn’t create anywhere near enough chances for my liking and didn’t create anywhere enough opportunities to score for my liking.

‘But great credit to the players for winning.

‘We are trying to put perfect performances together and it’s not as easy as people think.

‘However, we have got a group of players who are prepared to work hard for that jersey and while that happens you will always get clapped off by your supporters.

‘Whether you win, lose or draw, as long as you are prepared to give it that, excellent.

‘We are still second, people get ahead of themselves that quick in football, a week is not long as we found out after beating Bristol Rovers when all of a sudden the party goes quite flat.

‘So we will keep on going into this week’s games.’

Pompey have taken 17 points from a possible 21 on their league travels. They now have successive home fixtures.

– NEIL ALLEN