Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley: We wanted Wanderers clash to go ahead

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Cowley's side are currently second in the League One table
Cowley's side are currently second in the League One table

Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley says his side wanted their fixture against Wanderers to go ahead this weekend.

The Whites were due to make the long trip to Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon but the game was called off due to international call-ups.

Despite being without several players, Cowley claims he would have preferred to play and says it was Wanderers’ decision to postpone.

However, the Pompey chief respects the decision and says his side need to “make the most” of their extra time on the training pitch.

He told The Portsmouth News: “It’s unfortunate for us really because we’d like to be playing Bolton this weekend and certainly if it had been on our terms we would have played the game.

“Even though we’d have some key players missing, it was still our ambition to play.

“We totally respect Bolton making the decision, though, and it’s their prerogative to do so. But when you do get a break, it’s about making the most of it.

“For us, it’s given us good time to reflect on the start and look at the processes and how the teams is functioning both in possession and against the ball.

“It’s also about trying to make some self improvements and then the next week the focus will be very much on Ipswich.”

A new date is yet to be confirmed for the fixture at Fratton Park, though Wanderers already have eight matches pencilled in for October.

Portsmouth are currently second in the League One table, only behind leaders Ipswich Town on goal difference after a strong start to the campaign.

Cowley’s side drew 2-2 against Plymouth Argyle in their last outing, with Reeco Hackett scoring a last-gasp equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

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