Awford vows to find away-day answers

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Andy Awford has vowed to eradicate the away-day woes which are destroying Pompey’s season.

The Blues slumped to a fifth successive defeat on their travels with a 3-1 loss at struggling Tranmere on Saturday.

Relegation-threatened Rovers hadn’t won a league game since August, but James Rowe and Max Power steered them home following Jed Wallace’s equaliser.

Pompey have now collected just six points from 10 League Two trips this season – and were dumped out of the FA Cup at non-league Aldershot.

And after another poor away display at Prenton Park, a bullish Awford is determined to uncover a solution.

He said: ‘There has to be an answer, we can’t just ignore it, it’s there and we have to keep plugging away and keep on going.

‘We certainly aren’t going to give up.

‘We can’t just say “Oh well we’re away next week, we’re going to lose”, of course we’re not, we have to keep trying.

‘But there’s obviously an issue there, there’s no hiding away from it and we won’t.

‘The home form is fantastic, the away form is not very good at all so we have to keep going and keep trying to find that elusive away victory.

‘There is no game for two weeks but the players know when they are in and when they are not and it will be hard work for them. We’ll keep nudging away,

‘We have just got to keep working away and will continue to keep doing our best.

‘Nobody expects anything from us at the moment when we go away from home – but I have to demand it, obviously.

‘A win on Saturday at Tranmere would give you confidence, a point maybe gives you a bit more confidence.

‘I felt at 1-1 it was a game there to be won and not many people would disagree with me – I am just really frustrated we came away with nothing again.’

Shamir Fenelon broke the deadlock after only 80 seconds in a nightmare start for Pompey.

The scoreline remained 1-0 at the break following an uninspired first-half from the visitors.

Wallace levelled with his 11th goal of the season, only for Rowe to restore Tranmere’s lead 10 minutes later.

Power wrapped it up after his penalty had been initially saved by Paul Jones and it was away defeat number eight this season.

‘It wasn’t like a display we had at Southend, Bury or Plymouth, I don’t think we were anywhere near that,’ added Awford.

‘We were a bit better but I would prefer we play rubbish and get a 1-0 win because we needed that little bit of confidence away from home.

‘We didn’t go out of sight when they went 1-0 up, we stayed in the game and the first 25 minutes of the second half was our spell in the game and we scored.

‘We were on the front foot, so they are the positives.’