Pompey boss prepared to gamble again

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Brett Pitman scores for Pompey in their match against and Southend at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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ANDY AWFORD promised he will go gung-ho again to salvage points.

The Pompey boss explained he is prepared to gamble with a no-holds-barred attacking set-up moving forward, after his side’s remarkable comeback win over Tranmere.

The Blues scored three goals in nine minutes to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win at Fratton Park on Tuesday night.

Awford went with four attackers and a full-throttle approach over the game’s finale – and his adventure paid off handsomely.

The flip side of going for broke is risking a confidence-draining drubbing.

But Awford vowed he will have no hesitation in repeating what he did again, if the need arises.

He said: ‘You have to gamble when you are 2-0 down. They knew we were coming.

‘You are going for it and I will always go for it if we are like that – sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes you look silly. Thankfully it came off.

‘At 2-1 I had as many attacking players as I could put on to the pitch.

‘We got the second and then I felt it. A couple of the coaching staff said to me “Do you want to shut up shop now?” But I said “No, let’s go and win it”.

‘The players deserve every credit for that performance, they showed a fantastic amount of spirit.’

Meanwhile, Josh Passley has extended his loan stay at Pompey.

The right-sided player has agreed a new one-month deal from Championship side Fulham.

Passley has started six games in the wing-back position for Awford’s side.

Pompey have picked up four wins and two draws with the 20-year-old in the team.