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Portsmouth 1 v 0 Harrow Borough
FA Cup
Saturday, 6th November 2021 Kick-off 15:00
Cowley tells Pompey players: Remember it's a privilege to be a pro
Sunday, 7th Nov 2021 21:23 by pompey-fans.com staff

Danny Cowley says he told Pompey's players straight after their narrow Harrow victory in the FA Cup they needed to do better.

The boss was unimpressed with the Blues' second half showing as they failed to build on Marcus Harness' goal before the break.

He told the media: 'We’re pleased to win the game, we’re pleased to keep a clean sheet and we’re pleased to be in the next round. But we must play better than that. In the first half we got into some really positive areas and our use of the ball was good, although the decision making and execution was lacking a bit.

'But I didn’t like us after the break. I didn’t like the energy, the intensity or the purpose. I won’t come out and lie. I told the players what I think. Our standards have to be much, much higher than that if we want to achieve anything this season.

'When there’s something I see that I don’t like, I’ll front up, look them in the eye and tell them what I think. We knew it would be a difficult game and I want to give massive credit to Steve Baker and his Harrow team – they were a credit to non-league football.

'I reminded our players what a privilege it is to be a professional player and doing something they love every day. Those in the Harrow side would love to be where we are and so you can never ever take it for granted.

'We’ve created enough to score four or five goals and it could have made it a lot easier for ourselves by scoring a second. I don’t think we managed the game as well as we could have towards the end and I wanted to see more aggression from us.

'These games aren’t all about tactics – they’re about application. In the second half I don’t think we showed enough of that.'

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