MILES STOREY has been backed to continue striking fear into League Two defences.
Andy Awford told of the striker’s brimming confidence as Pompey bid to continue their promising opening to the season against Northampton tonight.
The Blues boss believes Storey’s thriving self-belief has been behind a powerful start to his career at Fratton Park.
And he called on the 20-year-old to continue frightening opponents by going for the jugular and attacking defenders.
The Swindon loanee has excited fans with his two starts to date this season.
Awford feels players of Storey’s ilk are increasingly rare in the modern game.
But he likes what he has seen of him so far and wants to see more of the same from the former England under-19 international.
‘Maybe Miles is a bit of a confidence player,’ said Awford.
‘They all are, really. Harry Redknapp used to say if they aren’t confident, don’t pick them.
‘If they aren’t confident, they don’t play.
‘That has to be instilled in them so they go out on the pitch and perform.
‘At the moment, Miles is walking around like he’s 10 feet tall. He has that confidence in him.
‘Having players run at defenders has gone out of the game. There aren’t many that do that any more.
‘Miles drives at people and when you have his pace it’s an added bonus.
‘I’m pleased with the start he’s had and we want to see him carry on doing that.’
Awford pinpointed Storey’s searing pace as being a crucial weapon in his arsenal.
That has been strikingly evident in his performances so far for his new side.
The Pompey manager explained he had long kept tabs on Storey’s progress before making a move for him in the summer.
Awford also recommended him to previous managers before making his move to recruit the attacker.
‘His pace is there for all to see,’ Awford said.
‘He has that blistering pace and has linked up well with the other players.
‘Defenders have to drop deep against him.
‘If you mark him you have to drop off a couple of yards, and that then leaves space for others.
‘I’ve known about Miles for a while.
‘I watch a lot of games and have seen him a few times over the past couple of seasons.
‘I’d recommended him to previous managers.
‘When he became available in the summer we wanted to get him.
‘I knew what I was getting and he’s done well so far.
‘He scored the goal to beat Peterborough and he set up the goal to help beat Cambridge.
‘Miles will catch the eye because of his pace.
‘You can’t coach pace. You’ve either got it or you haven’t – and he’s got it in bundles.
‘I’m really pleased with him.’