Portsmouth: Paul Cook says home advantage will not be a factor in play-offs

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook
Paul Cook's former side Accrington could seal automatic promotion from League Two on Saturday

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook says home advantage is unlikely to play a part in his side's League Two play-off semi-final tie with Plymouth Argyle.

Pompey and Argyle will face each other later this month, with the order of the two legs still to be determined.

A fifth-placed league finish for Cook's side would see the semi-final second leg played at Fratton Park on 15 May.

"When you look at both sides' away records this season, they're much better than the home ones," he said.

"The records are very, very close in that respect, so I don't think home advantage will play much of a part," he told BBC Radio Solent.

The Blues host League Two champions Northampton knowing if they can match or better Plymouth's result, they will finish above Argyle.

Cook believes the visit of the Cobblers is a small hindrance to their play-off plans.

"If you asked the other teams, who can't get automatic promotion this weekend, they'd say the same thing," he said.

"When you know you're in the play-offs, you just want to crack on. The important thing for us and Plymouth will be to come through this weekend unscathed."

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