'Big scalp' delights Awford
Last Updated: 13/08/14 12:06pm
Andy Awford: Delighted to upset the odds
Portsmouth boss Andy Awford was delighted to upset the odds to win 1-0 and send Peterborough crashing out of the Capital One Cup.
Pompey's Miles Storey was the first-round hero on his full Blues debut, coolly finishing after 12 minutes following great interplay between Dan Butler and Craig Westcarr.
The home side dominated the first half and then battled hard as Posh turned up the pressure after the break.
But the Blues fought their way through six minutes of time added on to seal their spot in the second round draw.
Despite some tipping the former FA Cup winners as favourites, Awford always knew his side faced a battle to see off a Posh team, which appeared in last season's League One play-offs.
He said: "The lads were fantastic. That's a big scalp for us.
"Some people might still have looked at us as favourites. I didn't. I thought we were massive underdogs - I really did.
"But the lads went out there, matched them all over the park and managed to stick the ball in the net.
"I thought we played very well in the first half and it was a dogged performance in the second.
"We dug in and really clung on to that lead when we had to defend. We looked threatening on the counter-attack as well in the second half."
Awford felt Pompey should have won by two goals. Westcarr had a strike chalked off by referee Brendan Malone after 71 minutes, having been adjudged to have handled the ball as he dispossessed Michael Bostwick.
The Blues boss added: "I know the ball hit him on the arm, but he was a yard away.
"You can't get out the way of that, so I think it was a goal. If we had gone 2-0 up, it would have been game over.
"We'd have probably got more after that."
Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson bemoaned his side's lack of impetus in the first half.
He said: "The first half was very disappointing. There was no tempo to our game.
"There was always going to be a big atmosphere at Portsmouth's first home game. They're a big club.
"So we wanted to make sure we nullified that and started on the front foot.
"Our tempo was too slow and that was the main reason we were behind in the first half.
"I said certain things at half-time that will remain in the dressing room. Clearly we had a lot more tempo and energy in the second half.
"But the fact they had a lead to hang on to made it difficult.
"If they didn't have that, it would have been easier for us. The game was lost in the first half."