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15th November 2016 13:26

Paul Cook’s Pompey press conference
Thursday 10 November 2016

(transcribed by Martin)

On Mansfield:
"There's two ways aren't there. They'll come and have a go and try and win the game. Or they'll try and hit us on the break. That's Paul (sic)'s decision.

Paul (sic)'s done a fantastic job as manager there. He's doing really well, they've got a strong squad. You can see for yourself ... (points to whiteboard) ... they've got 28 players."

Video at: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/video-paul-cook-s-pompey-press-conference-1-7673606http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/video-paul-cook-s-pompey-press-conference-1-7673606


Pompey boss Cook tries to take pressure off players as Stags game looms
chad.co.uk, Thursday 10 November 2016

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook this week tried to take the pressure off his players ahead of Saturday’s visit of Mansfield Town after some poor recent home results.

Pompey have lost their last two League home games as well as an FA Cup clash with Wycombe, though did beat Bristol Rovers there 1-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.

Cook, aware of the pressure on him and the players to get promoted this season at such a big club at this level, said:

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/pompey-boss-cook-tries-to-take-pressure-off-players-as-stags-game-looms-1-8232356?

“We were very disappointed with our FA Cup performance last weekend.

“The most important thing now for our players is to find themselves and be the players that we want them to be, even if that means we draw on Saturday or lose on Saturday. There are 31 League games to go.

“We drew with Carlisle first game of the season. If we could play half as good as that I’ll be happy.

“We have to make sure we are the most aggressive team on the pitch, we are the most dominant team on the pitch, we have the most chances on the pitch.

“We have got to turn Fratton Park into what we want it to be. You look at the last couple of results against Notts County and Doncaster, that first half performance against Notts County was everything I wanted it to be, but we lost the game.” Cook added: “You can feel in training, there are always atmospheres around clubs. When you have a club that’s going in the right direction you can always feel that atmosphere, when you have a bit of negativity about you feel it. “It’s important to banish those demons as quick as you can. “For our lads we’ve got to make sure the football club itself doesn’t become the problem. “If you look at the turnover we’ve had in players in three and a half years there is a balanced argument that that could be the case.”

On how he felt Stags might approach their visit on Saturday, he said:

“There’s two ways. “They might come and have a go and try to win the game and they will come and play to hit us on the break. That’s their decision

“The manager is doing really well and they have a strong squad.”


Pompey v Mansfield: Early team news
Thursday 10 November 2016, portsmouth.co.uk

Pompey have a clean bill of health heading into tomorrow’s League Two clash with Mansfield.

Midfielder Ben Close was substituted after taking a knock in Tuesday night’s 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy win but insisted after the game that the change had been pre-planned and he was fully fit.

It is in midfield, though, where the Blues are expected to welcome back Michael Doyle, following his one-game suspension for picking up five yellow cards.

Read more at: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/pompey-v-mansfield-early-team-news-1-7673960?

Amine Linganzi misses out, however, serving his second game of a three-match ban for seeing red at Cambridge.


Pompey midfielder out to conquer former team-mate Mansfield boss Adam Murray

They were once on the same side - now Danny Rose is aiming to dismantle Mansfield boss Adam Murray’s Fratton Park visit.

The pair served as Oxford United team-mates during the second half of the 2007-08 campaign.

We were dominating that much so, as captain, he changed the way the team were playing within the game, which was interesting to see

It was a crossing of paths which lasted six months, before teenager Rose moved elsewhere for regular first-team football.

However, the game has continued to throw them up as adversaries.

Read more at: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/pompey-midfielder-out-to-conquer-former-team-mate-1-7674416?

Now aged 35, Murray has hung up his boots and upon his Field Mill appointment was at the time the youngest manager in the top four divisions.

Approaching two years in charge, the ex-Derby midfielder has led the Stags to 13th in the current table.

And Rose is relishing facing his former colleague’s side tomorrow.

Pompey’s midfielder said: ‘I played with Adam at Oxford for a season. ‘He was a good player who had appeared in the Premier League and was really vocal.

‘At that stage I couldn’t really see him becoming a manager - more so when I faced him at Mansfield years later.

‘A few years ago it was noticeable he had those sort of qualities within him.

‘Being captain he had that tactical nous and was almost orchestrating, changing the tactics within the game.

‘We were dominating that much so, as captain, he changed the way the team were playing within the game, which was interesting to see.

‘You could see from that point he had the managerial potential within him.

‘His legs had gone a little bit so played the game to fit his body and the way he could get about the pitch. Whether he changed the tactics to suit him, I don’t know.

‘He’s done a good job at Mansfield. They weren’t in the greatest of positions when he took over and he kept them up.

‘They have consolidated since and just fallen short of the play-offs, but they have certainly been in and around it and threatened.’

With Amine Linganzi continuing to serve a three-match ban, Rose will operate in midfield. Michael Doyle is also back, having seen out a one-match suspension. Rose added: ‘Coming out of the Checkatrade Trophy allows us to 100-per-cent concentrate on the league, no distractions now. ‘We have worked hard this week on our tactics and how to go about tomorrow - and I think you will see that.’



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