Pom­pey’s luck is set to change – Davies

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Katie Fred­er­ick

BEN DAVIES in­sists it is just a mat­ter of time be­fore Portsmouth get back to win­ning ways as they pre­pare to wel­come AFC Wim­ble­don to Frat­ton Park to­day.

Pom­pey have stut­tered in re­cent weeks – with­out a win in their last three league games – but re­main third in the ta­ble go­ing into this week­end’s tele­vised clash.

Paul Cook’s side are seek­ing a first home win in the league since midSeptem­ber, and Davies is adamant they can ban­ish re­cent in­con­sis­tency.

“We be­lieve we are inches away from turn­ing the cor­ner,” he said.

“We be­lieve we are ca­pa­ble of go­ing on a good run and we have to stick to our prin­ci­ples.

“It will be a good at­mos­phere. It’s a Sun­day game and the cam­eras will be there for it.

“It will be a tough game, but we know, if we play the way we can, we’ll beat teams.

“We have to start putting our foot down and clos­ing the gap.” The Dons cur­rently sit tenth in the ta­ble and have won their last three league games on the trot, bag­ging a host of goals along the way.

De­spite Portsmouth’s re­cent lack of form, Wim­ble­don boss Neal Ard­ley is full of praise for the south coast side.

“They are a pos­ses­sion-based team and are very brave with the way they play,” he said.

“In the sum­mer, Paul Cook knew what he wanted and went out to get the play­ers.

“They’re up there in the league and yet peo­ple are talk­ing about poor home form.That shows how good they are.”

De­spite Portsmouth’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to get their sea­son back on track, Ard­ley in­sists his side are not go­ing to make it easy for them.

“We don’t want to go and park the bus,” he added. “There are a lot of teams that have gone there and just sat back and de­fended.

“We want to be able to say we had a go.”


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