Halford: It’s time to end this winless away run

Greg Halford heads home Pompey's winner in last season's success at Swansea
Greg Halford heads home Pompey's winner in last season's success at Swansea
Wes Thomas, right, scored the opening goal in Oxford's 3-0 win over Pompey at the start of the season

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It’s been 13 games and nearly 10 months since Pompey got back on the team coach with three points tucked in their pockets.

And Greg Halford believes it’s high time that miserable run came to an end.

Pompey last tasted away-day success with a 1-0 win at Leicester City way back in March of last season.

On that day, a goal from David Nugent – who would go on to join the Foxes a few months later – was enough to hand the Blues all three points.

Since then, Pompey have drawn a blank from a further four away fixtures last term and endured nine winless road trips this season.

The black and white statistic is Pompey have become a team that cannot win away from Fratton Park.

But Halford has pointed to the successes of last season and believes the Blues can draw inspiration from victories at two clubs who are now in the Premier League ahead of tomorrow’s trip to in-form Burnley.

The Blues triumphed at both Swansea and Norwich last term, with Halford on target in both of those matches.

He explained: ‘A win on the road is long overdue.

‘I have no idea why it has taken so long.

‘We went to Swansea and Norwich – two of the promoted teams last season – and beat them both.

‘Norwich was comfortable as well. They had a lot of possession but 2-0 said it all.

‘I really don’t know why it hasn’t happened for us so far this season.

‘It’s probably more of a mental thing than anything else.

‘Nobody in the team wants to go away from home and lose all the time. It needs to change.’

Pompey looked ready to break their duck in recent times, playing well at Ipswich but somehow going down to a 1-0 defeat.

They also came to within a whisker of stealing the points in a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.

But Pompey have had their games to forget, turning in some horror shows at both Derby and Watford.

Halford, who turned 27 yesterday, said: ‘We’ve looked lacklustre and don’t look like we’re interested sometimes and it’s been very frustrating.

‘We were awful at Watford and I don’t understand what happened there.

‘It was the new manager’s first game and everyone should have been looking to impress but we did the same thing at Watford last season. We were terrible then as well.

‘We seem to have some tendencies where we do that. At Derby – this season and last season – we were poor.

‘I don’t know if it’s the grounds but it seems to be the same teams every time.’

While the Blues defender is fully focused on the tricky visit to Turf Moor to take on a Burnley side in flying form, Halford is also hopeful a positive result can act as a springboard going into next weekend’s south coast derby at Fratton Park.

He said: ‘We played well against Coventry and should have won by four or five but that performance has given us confidence.

‘I think they may struggle this season but we need to go to Burnley and get back-to-back wins – especially going into the Southampton game.

‘Everyone knows that the derby will be a massive game but first and foremost, we have to take care of Burnley tomorrow.

‘They are going really well at the moment and they are doing it quietly.

‘They have had three wins on the bounce but it’s always tough going up there.

‘It’s not a nice ground to visit and their fans get right behind them.

‘But we have a bit of confidence now.

‘We are passing the ball a lot more and looking to hurt teams a lot more.’