The details which have Portsmouth boss believing goals can flow at MK Dons after Crewe Alexandra blank

Danny Cowley believes the goals will soon arrive for Pompey.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 6:30 am

And the Blues boss pointed to the numbers as evidence his team will soon find the right attacking formula to fuel their play-off charge.

Pompey drew a blank at Crewe on Tuesday to make it two goals in their past three games, as they go to MK Dons.

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Cowley knows there’s work to do and his side have to be more effective going forward, but stated they created the second most opportunities of his stewardship at Gresty Road.

The 42-year-old reckons the goals will come if the chances continue to be created.

He said: ‘We only worry about our forward players if we’re not getting chances.

‘I get that we didn’t score on Tuesday and I get people will be saying “uhh, our attacking play needs to improve”.

John Marquis

‘But I’m really cautious about that. I look at chance creation, I believe in my forwards and know if we create chances we will score goals.

‘For us, we always try to dig a bit deeper really and look at it analytically.

‘I think when we do that we get a much clearer picture, and that then informs the work we do in preparation for the next game.’

The focus was on John Marquis who was culpable for missed chances, including a penalty, on Tuesday.

With a lack of attacking options, the onus is on the striker to take on a sizeable portion of the expectation for scoring goals moving forward.

Cowley added: ‘John’s a number nine and lived that role for many years. He’s done it at Millwall and Portsmouth and you need some minerals to do that.

‘It’s the life of the number and it’s really good to have him back.

‘He is a honest, hard-working player who is selfless in his attitude and really wants to help the team.

‘You don’t normally get many number nines who are team oriented, they tend to be selfish and single-minded.

‘John wants to help the team, he’s a bright boy with a high football IQ.’

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