Awford can see Pompey positives

Andy Awford  Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Boss Andy Awford believes three poor goals conceded shouldn’t detract from what he believes was an encouraging Pompey display.

The Blues lost 3-2 against Bournemouth last night in their penultimate friendly before the Football League campaign kicks off.

At one stage the scoreline was rather more one-sided, with the Cherries gifted a 3-0 lead after only 36 minutes.

Defensive errors were to blame during a frustrating first half for Pompey fans, with individual mistakes responsible.

Regardless, Awford believes there was plenty of positives to come out of the defeat to Eddie Howe’s men.

He said: ‘If you take the two comical goals out of it, which I am sure we agree they were, lots of it was good, even in the first half.

‘I thought there was some really good stuff, we are starting to get better fitness levels, we can see that, and are beginning to get there.

‘We have been beaten but that’s not what it is about, it is more about the performance and making sure the players learn.

‘I know it sounds silly but I actually thought we played alright in the first half, it was loads better than Ebbsfleet.

‘Forget the cross and the headed goal for the second, if you take the other two goals out of it there wasn’t a lot in it.

‘Bournemouth have had a lot of the ball, which we knew they would because they are a very good side, they are a Championship side and play-off contenders who I think will be right in there.

‘But we have caused them problems in the first half and second half and I am pleased with that.

‘There were lots of positives to take, Bournemouth are a top-10 team in the Championship, they will go really close this year.

‘Overall I am pleased – but there is that tinge of disappointment with the individuals errors that we made.’

Pompey face Charlton at Fratton Park on Saturday (3pm) for their final first-team friendly.

There is also a fixture involving a Pompey XI against Burnham on Tuesday, August 5.