Andy Awford: Portsmouth boss vows changes after FA Cup loss

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Portsmouth boss Andy Awford has vowed to make changes to his squad after their "embarrassing" FA Cup first-round replay exit to Conference Aldershot.

Awford said Wednesday's 1-0 defeat was his lowest moment in management, adding he felt "let down" and "angry".

"From one-to-11, I need to look at everything. I won't go to bed, I'll be searching (for loan players)," Awford told BBC Radio Solent.

"I'm very hopeful there will be changes before the weekend."

Mark Molesley struck a late winner for Aldershot to ensure League Two side Pompey lost to non-league opposition in the FA Cup for the first time since they joined the Football League in 1920.

"I'm as angry as I've ever been if I'm honest, I'm disappointed and feel let down," added Awford straight after the game.

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Pompey, the 2008 winners, have not won a game in the Cup since beating Tottenham in the semi-final in 2010.

"Things needed to be said, and they were. That will remain private. I haven't punched anyone but there has been a lot said.

"Our inconsistency is frightening. How we can go from that first half to the second-half performance which was embarrassing I don't know. It is my job to sort it out and I will.

"Aldershot fully deserved it and well done to them. We played as individuals second half, we stopped playing as a team."

Awford said the surroundings at Fratton Park are "too comfortable" for his players.

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Awford 'as angry as I've ever been'

"We haven't got a clinical edge or a nasty edge," he said.

"The football club is too nice, we treat the players too well. I don't know another club in League Two that has three physios that do massages left, right and centre. It'll stop. That's not the reason we are losing, of course it is not, but the players are too comfortable and it'll stop."

Awford, who was given his full-time professional management role in May, added: "It's my lowest point as a manager, I feel as low as I ever have.

"Everyone is under pressure and we have to win on Saturday (at home to Morecambe). We'll have a crowd there on Saturday which will be the highest in the division.

"They keep coming. I'm so glad we've got the the supporters as without them we are nothing and we've got to go out on Saturday and make sure we win for them."

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