Paul Cook: It’s great to give Pompey fans something to cheer on travels

Paul Cook, right. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook, right. Picture: Joe Pepler

Paul Cook spoke of his delight at ending Pompey’s travel sickness.

The Blues have the best form on the road in English football – a statistic only enhanced by yesterday’s victory at Newport County.

Five wins and two draws away from home have harvested 17 League Two points.

That tops the three wins the Blues picked up last season at Oxford, Cambridge and Mansfield.

Cook is glad he and his players have now been able to give those fans who have suffered on the road something to cheer about.

He said: ‘It is a great record for any club.

‘I am just delighted for the supporters, when we have had as much pain as we have – every home defeat or every draw is like a knife.

‘We have been to Cambridge, Plymouth, Bristol Rovers and Luton – really tough away grounds and no-one has beaten us.’

Pompey’s form at home has failed to hit the same levels so far as on their travels.

Two wins, three draws and a loss is their league record at Fratton Park. It’s the loss to Exeter which rankles with Cook.

He said: ‘We have lost one game at home – we have lost one in 12 and sometimes we are getting a bit of criticism.

‘I am fine with it, supporters deserve that (success) and they demand that.

‘My job is to keep representing them as best as I can – that is to play good, attractive, open football in a manner we believe in.

‘The disappointing thing is the Exeter defeat at home but that is just the nature of the game.

‘Credit to our supporters for keeping backing us and let’s do the debating at the end of the season when the medals and relegations are decided.

‘What we will be is prepared.’