Colin Cooper has warned his players that even though Portsmouth have been on a poor run of form they are not to be taken lightly when they arrive at Victoria Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Pompey dispensed with the services of boss Guy Whittingham earlier in the week prior to falling to a fifth successive defeat against Southend United on Tuesday evening.
But Cooper knows enough about Caretaker Manager Andy Awford and those assisting him to be certain that the Fratton Park outfit will not be easy opponents for Pools this weekend.
“We shouldn’t forget that Portsmouth is a Football Club which is still filled with a lot of quality players for this level,” Cooper told Pools Player.
“Guy lost his job and he’s someone I had a lot of time for, I have to say, but Andy Awford was a good defender and alongside Alan McLoughlin and David Connolly they have the people to get the team organised, hard-working and difficult to beat.
“They will possibly have an edge as well so we will have to be mindful of that and if we’re to get anything from the game we have to continue to do the basics well and on the back of that produce some nice football.”
Pools are in search of a fifth straight home league win for the first time since the promotion season of 2006/07 and that form at The Vic is something that pleases Cooper.
However, he’s seen his side follow-up the last two home victories with defeat on the road and he is aware of the need to achieve a more consistent level if they are to push on towards the top seven.
“In order to progress as a group and as a Club we have to find a level of consistency and that means we don’t win one and then lose one – we have to get the right balance.
“Consistency is the only thing that will get you in to the reaches of the division that you want to be; winning and losing will keep you in and around but it won’t get us to where we would like to go.”
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