Leyton Orient v Pompey: Paul Cook chases another away-day success

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey are not prepared to settle for anything less than a Boxing Day win at Leyton Orient, according to Paul Cook.

The Blues boss showed his attacking principles in the 2-1 win at leaders Northampton Town and is determined to extend the club’s eight-match unbeaten run over the Christmas period.

When we travel away, we don’t want to settle for a point

Paul Cook

Cook might have been forgiven for taking a draw at the Cobblers but feels he now has the quality on his bench to chase wins.

And he would have no hesitation in doing the same at Brisbane Road.

Cook said: ‘When we travel away, we don’t want to settle for a point.

‘Our supporters don’t travel to watch us draw.

‘If we had got behind the ball against Northampton, I think we know what would have happened – we would have lost.

‘Sometimes the best form of defence is to attack.

‘That’s how I want to be as a manager.

‘You can’t say it will always be like that.

‘Somewhere down the line you might say “okay, a draw is a fair result”.

‘But when we had the energy on the bench that we have, it made sense.

‘It normally results in the opposition bringing men back to help out the defence so it relieves pressure.

‘As a defender, if someone like Ben Tollitt is running at you late on, you’ve got a massive problem.

‘When the game is becoming stretched, he can hurt you.’

Winger Tollitt’s pace added a new dimension, while Conor Chaplin made another goalscoring impact last weekend.

And Cook knows he has goals in the side.

He said: ‘When we go away from home, I feel we will score. Then it comes down to us being able to stop what they are going to do.’