Awford pledges no Pompey let-up

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

There will be no easing up now Pompey are over the League Two safety line.

That is the vow from Andy Awford as he bids to maintain the Blues’ charge up the table during the final two matches.

The caretaker boss is striving for a sixth successive victory when they travel to Bury on Saturday.

Success would ensure Awford matches Steve Cotterill’s achievement from February-March 2011 in the Championship.

Fratton Park will then host the final fixture of the campaign on Saturday, May 3, against Plymouth Argyle.

In the meantime, Awford is pushing for the role permanently and will attend a 3pm board meeting today.

Regardless, he wants his 13th-placed side to keep on climbing.

He said: ‘I’m not letting up, we have got to finish as high up this league as we can.

‘The players know that and there won’t be any let up.

‘I think people thought we were going to go and have some sort of holiday at Northampton, no chance.

‘The players went for it in that game and gave it everything.

‘I remember jumping off the sofa when Wimbledon equalised against Northampton four weeks ago and dancing around the lounge, that was a relief.

‘Thankfully we are going to be in League Two next year – but we’re not going to stop there.

‘The players are making my job a lot, lot easier at the moment.

‘I am very pleased with them and long may it continue.’

Pompey are one of four clubs currently on 57 points, although have the inferior goal difference of the group.

They are also just one point off the ninth spot presently occupied by final-day opposition Plymouth.

Remarkably, the Blues are still on for a top-10 finish after all that has happened.