Davies: We need to stick to our guns

Ben Davies. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Davies. Picture: Joe Pepler
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POMPEY have been told: We need to stick to our principles.

Ben Davies has urged his team-mates to stick to their guns as they aim to get their promotion bid firing.

Hopefully someone will get it soon.

Ben Davies

Paul Cook’s men face AFC Wimbledon on Sunday, as they return to league action and aim to cement their bid to go up.

It’s three games without a win in the league for the Blues, although there was the FA Cup success over Macclesfield last weekend.

Davies, though, can see everything is in place for his side to hit a run of winning form.

Pompey have suffered just a single league defeat on the road so far this season.

It’s also one league loss at Fratton Park, although that is tempered by just two League Two wins there so far.

Despite being third in the table, there has been criticism aimed at the team in some quarters and calls for a change to two strikers.

Kyle Bennett has also come in for flak, and responds to those who have aimed their frustrations at him in The News today.

Davies feels there is a need for his team-mates to have the strength of their convictions as they aim to fire.

The defender feels an opponent will be soon be on the receiving end when Pompey click into a gear.

Davies said: ‘We believe we are inches away from turning the corner.

‘We believe that we are capable of going on a good run.

‘We have to stick to our principles.

‘We have to keep working hard and stay patient.

‘Hopefully someone will get it soon. That would be nice.’

Davies is certain there is the attacking quality in Pompey’s ranks to torment the opposition.

Gareth Evans, Kyle Bennett and Adam McGurk were given the roles behind Conor Chaplin against Macclesfield last weekend.

They will be favourites to continue against AFC Wimbledon with Gary Roberts sidelined, although Kal Naismith, Ben Tollitt – who got his first league minutes against Notts County – and Chaplin in a withdrawn role are other options.

Chaplin, Caolan Lavery, Matt Tubbs and new-boy Marc McNulty are vying for the starting position up top.

Davies believes their ability and threat is clear – but patience is needed.

He said: ‘The forward lads, the lads in the final third, will make mistakes and give the ball away with so many bodies behind them.

‘If they try a risky pass they will give it away.

‘They’ve got the hardest job, but when it comes off they will quite rightly get the plaudits.

‘The lads are positive – Gary Roberts, Gaz Evans, Benno and Adam McGurk, Chappers and the other boys.

‘They are positive. When it breaks down we have to go and get the ball again for them.

‘They are our match-winners.

‘They win us games.

‘We have to tell them to keep going when it doesn’t quite come off.

‘Nine times out of 10 it will happen.’