Robinson: We support Awford

Paul Robinson is confident the Blues players will rally for Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Robinson is confident the Blues players will rally for Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

PAUL ROBINSON promised Pompey’s players are united in support of Andy Awford.

The Blues captain vowed his team-mates are still backing their under-fire boss.

Awford’s future has been under the spotlight this week, in the wake of his side’s eight-match winless run.

The Pompey board met on Monday before giving their manager a vote of confidence.

Their choice was to give the 42-year-old more time to turn things around, with his side now just two points off the League Two drop zone.

Robinson explained the Pompey players still have a conviction he’s the right man for the job.

And he stated there is desire among the squad to turn things around this season for him.

Robinson said: ‘If the manager is under pressure it means the team aren’t doing well.

‘We’re ambitious and want to do well as players for the manager and this football club.

‘We’re definitely united.

‘There are good players here who want to reward the manager’s faith in us with performances on the pitch.

‘It’s difficult for us to see him in the position he is.

‘But it’s up to us, as a group, to get him out of it.

‘We’re under no illusions.

‘We need to start picking up points and putting them on the board – and start doing it quickly.’

Pompey face the toughest possible task as they begin their quest to end a dismal run of form this weekend.

League-leaders Wycombe lie in wait. They have lost just two games at Adams Park in the league this season.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side are unbeaten in 10 league matches, after a campaign in which they have punched above their weight.

Robinson is in no doubt about the stiffness of the test the Chairboys will provide.

The 33-year-old admitted self belief has been tested by Pompey’s recent struggles.

But he remains convinced there is the ability and desire among the players to put things right.

Robinson said: ‘If you look at the training the past month it’s been really good.

‘The boys have been putting a lot of hard work in.

‘Maybe that’s why it’s harder to take the defeat last weekend.

‘We’re looking for that moment to change and something to go our way to give ourselves a bit of confidence

‘Wycombe are a strong team who have done a lot better than people expected.

‘I’m not sure people saw them being in this position.

‘It’s a challenge, but it’s one we are more than capable of dealing with.

‘Each passing week that little bit of extra pressure builds. As a team, we don’t want that to be happening.

‘We want to get back to winning games of football.

‘But we want to work hard for the manager, and with the manager this week to turn it around at Wycombe this Saturday.’