Pompey boss: Let others label losing stats

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Paul Cook would not be drawn on the significance of a third-straight defeat at Fratton Park.

Saturday marked the Blues’ elimination from the FA Cup at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers in a 2-1 defeat.

It follows successive home losses to Doncaster Rovers and Notts County.

During the current run of poor Fratton Park form, in contrast there have been seven points from a possible nine on their League Two travels.

Yet on Saturday there were boos at the final whistle following the latest disappointing result on home turf.

Pompey also suffered three consecutive Fratton losses from January 23 until February 6 this year.

That involved Oxford United, Bournemouth and Leyton Orient all departing with victories during a spell last season.

Now the Blues have hit another stumbling block during 2016.

Cook said: ‘The reality is we are out of the cup and are fifth in the league, so you can dress it up exactly as you want.

‘We might lose four tomorrow night (Checkatrade Trophy) with the team we put out.

‘Do whatever you want to do, call it what you like, I am not really into those type of stats.

‘If you look at where we are as a team, this is an inconsistent side, that is the reality of the result – and you can offer your opinion on how that has happened.’

Pompey host Bristol Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy tomorrow night (7.45pm).

It represents the final match of the group stage, with the Blues still having an outside chance of qualifying.

Cook will again rotate his squad in a competition which has seen them collect a draw and a defeat so far.