Danny Cowley opens up on Portsmouth struggles in rallying message to fans after Sunderland win
Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley said his side’s victory over Sunderland is the new benchmark as he opened up on what he says has been one of the toughest weeks of his career in manager.
Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sunderland, Pompey had eight games without a win, five of which saw them bow.
But, against all odds, the Fratton Park club opted to ignore the form table as they rushed to an outright 4-0 victory over the former.
The win brought them back to the top half of League One’s standings with 15 points, just four points off the play-offs.
And it helped boss Cowley end a dismal week at the club, described by him as the most difficult of his managerial career, with a win.
“I think so, I’ve been a football coach for 15 years, I’ve had a lot of tough weeks,” he said honestly, when asked if this had been one of his most difficult weeks. more difficult in management.
“It’s certainly been the longest I’ve gone without a win and of course you do a lot of soul searching to look for the answers, what you do, how you do it. You try to analyze everything because that means a lot .
“We fell in love with this club, it’s a great club and we want to be successful here. I know if we can get things done here what a fun we could all have, but we didn’t.
“In the last few weeks we haven’t really been able to find consistency in our performance, not even within 90 minutes. We played well for games but not for 90 minutes so it was a good end to a difficult week.
“It is what it should be,” referring to the outright victory at Fratton Park as a new benchmark for his team.
“For us, we know we have a technically well-equipped squad, but you have to bring those qualities of a fighter.
“We have to try to make sure we get the balance between technique and combat and we got it today, but one performance doesn’t make a good team. We have to make sure that we back that up in a way. consistent.
“Yes, one of the toughest weeks for sure, but a good ending,” he said.