Pompey boss promises transfer shake-up

Nigel Atangana, left, and Marcus Bean trudge off the pitch after defeat to AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Joe Pepler
Nigel Atangana, left, and Marcus Bean trudge off the pitch after defeat to AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford has vowed to have a January shake-up to save Pompey’s season.

The Blues boss promised there will be players going out the door after his side crashed to a depressing Boxing Day loss to AFC Wimbledon.

Poor defending saw Pompey slip to a 2-0 loss at Fratton Park in front of a crowd of 17,558.

That now leaves them 10 points off the top seven in 15th position in League Two.

Pompey were caught napping as goals from former loanee Frankie Sutherland and transfer target Matt Tubbs did the damage in the first 17 minutes.

The result now leaves them looking down the table as much as up it.

Awford, who kept players locked in the home dressing room for a lengthy post-match inquest, is now vowing to sort that problem.

That means shipping out the dead wood when the January transfer window opens.

Awford said: ‘We have got to have a shake-up, definitely.

‘The squad is too big anyway and we have a budget to stick to.

‘So, when the transfer window opens, we are going to be looking to do something.

‘I’ve had a chat with the coaching staff and a meeting with the board.

‘They know what we would like to do and it’s reliant on some going out.

‘I’ve looked but the good players are in teams – but we are going to do something.

‘It’s going to be about unearthing players who can come in and have an impact on the team.

‘Maybe we will have to take a punt on some players.’

Awford ripped into his men at the interval for the dozy defending which led to their downfall against the Dons.

He stated none of his side could come away from the game with their heads held high, as they collectively failed to deliver.

Pompey have now fallen behind in their past four games as they continually shoot themselves in the foot.

The home crowd made their feelings known with boos on the final whistle – but Awford promised he has no problem with that.

Awford said: ‘It’s a team game, so no-one comes away with any credit.

‘We win as a team and lose as a team. I had a go at half-time and gave them a caning.

‘The second half was better and you are hoping we can get one and the crowd come with us. We have lost to two sloppy goals, so no-one comes away with credit.

‘We were getting on the front foot and were pushing the full-backs on when Dan Butler got sent off.

‘The fans are backing us. There’s a few songs and what have you but I get that.

‘I’ve got no problem with them. They are entitled to have their say.

‘We still want to look that way but, at the moment, we are bang mid-table.

‘Unless we find consistency we are not going to go up the table.’