PAUL COOK has pledged to ‘tinker’ rather than overhaul his Fratton Park tactics to unearth a winning formula.
Pompey have now won five fixtures on their League Two travels – the latest arriving at Newport County at the weekend.
Tonight they take on Teddy Sheringham’s Stevenage in the first of successive home matches this week.
Yet Cook’s men have triumphed in only two of their six Fratton Park league matches so far this season – a points haul hindering their promotion push.
It’s a disappointing tally the Blues management are aware requires attention.
And while Cook intends to operate with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, he revealed minor changes have been made to his game plan.
It will be changes within the system, we need to be braver with our play, we need to have more energy in our play, we need to have more shots on goal, need to have more crossesPaul Cook
He said: ‘I’ve not particularly changed much, not really, not from the lads’ point of view.
‘It’s just tinkering.
‘Everyone will want us to do things a little bit differently at home, which is what we are going to try to do.
‘There’s not drastic change within what we are trying to do, we just want to be better, quicker, faster.
‘It’s about all those words such as high energy and tempo that we are not seeing enough of in first halves.
‘We are not putting enough teams under pressure in their half so that is the plan tonight, let’s see where is gets us.
‘It will be changes within the system.
‘We need to be braver with our play, we need to have more energy in our play, we need to have more shots on goal, need to have more crosses.
‘We are looking to be better at home – we have actually played quite well away from home in some games.
‘With three games in a week there may be a little change in personnel now and again, a little tinker here and there, keeping all the lads believing they are going to play and all part and parcel of it is important.
‘We will just keep working to be better.’
For all their spluttering Fratton Park form, Pompey remain second in League Two as their encouraging start to the campaign continues.
Cook, however, recognises the necessity for improvement if they are to maintain their promise.
He added: ‘I don’t have issues with league tables. We are what we are on, so let’s just look forward now to the two games at home, thinking and hoping we can get more points than we have been getting, that’s the big challenge.
‘The hardest part in football for every team is being good at both ends of the pitch. You are normally very good at one end and not so good the other, that’s how the game works.
‘Once you can get both ends right you are normally one of the top teams in the country, so we will keep working away and doing our best to get better at the other end of the pitch.’