Shrews effort shows we’ll tame away form

Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Floored Andy Awford promised Pompey fans: We’ll get it right on the road.

The Blues boss was left devastated by his side’s 2-1 defeat at high-flying Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Connor Goldson’s fortuitous 72nd-minute goal made the difference, as his cross flew straight in.

That unfortunate moment stretched Pompey’s poor record away from home this season – they have also scored the fewest away goals in the division.

But there was much to be encouraged about in this display – and Awford knew that.

He said: ‘We deserved something. The club deserved a result for the team’s performance. The away record is awful and away results have been awful.

‘But I wouldn’t include that performance in that.

‘It wasn’t like Southend or Bury, when we didn’t deliver.

‘There was grit and determination but against Oxford we saw it out to a result.

‘Saturday we didn’t and that is a bit harsh.

‘It’s totally different to the anger I’ve had at times. I take heart from that.’

The result maintains Shrewsbury’s unbeaten home record but Awford believes his team gave Micky Mellon’s side their toughest test.

He feels the cutting edge is still a problem but reckons the result maintains impetus.

Awford said: ‘We need to be clinical but we’ll get enough goals to win games.

‘We gave a top team in this league, with a good budget and manager, a game.

‘We’ve given them a right good go.’

– JORDAN CROSS