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No let up from Portsmouth - Andy Awford

19 April 2014

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford pledged "there will be no let-up" from the Blues after they all but secured Football League survival with a 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers at Fratton Park.

Goals from Adam Webster and Danny Hollands had been wiped out by a double from Pirates striker Matt Harrold before the break.

But Wes Fogden converted Ryan Taylor's knock-down in the 70th minute to send a raucous Fratton Park wild and put Pompey just two points away from securing their League Two status.

They face a crunch clash with second-from-bottom Northampton on Monday and Awford says his men are determined to build on a fourth straight victory, which leaves them 14th with 54 points.

He said: "The challenge for us is how high up the league we can finish. There will be no let-up whatsoever for these players.

"We had a training session at the end of the game ready for Monday and we'll go again. We'll demand of the players again and I'm sure they'll give us everything back like they have. They were absolutely magnificent.

"When you're winning, you're not tired. The momentum we have at the moment is absolutely superb. We won't be going to Northampton tired - no chance. We'll recover on Sunday and we'll be ready to go again Monday.

"We've still got to get what we need to get over the line and get a positive result, and we will."

Rovers manager Darrell Clarke believes his side need "three or four points" to retain their League Two place, as they stand immediately above the drop zone on 47 points, level with Wycombe in 21st and Northampton.

But he was encouraged by the team's efforts at Fratton Park and is keeping thoughts of relegation out of his mind.

He said: "The team showed plenty of character, plenty of spirit and plenty of fight. I'm just disappointed with the goals we conceded.

"If the players give me that application effort and desire and a bit better defending, we'll be fine for the remaining three games.

"It's okay doing it once; we've got to be exactly the same against Rochdale, who are going for promotion, on Monday.

"We're in there fighting. We've got three games remaining. Our destiny is still in our own hands. This was a cup final - we have three cup finals to go. I think we need about three or four points possibly - it depends on how other results go.

"I'm not contemplating it or talking about relegation. We're going to concentrate on the three cup finals."


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