South coast latest: Cork open to Saints stay; Awford issues Pompey battle cry

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Jack Cork open to extending Southampton contract

With only one-year remaining on his contract at St Marys, there was a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Jack Cork with the likes of Swansea and Crystal Palace said to be interested.

But now the 25-year-old midfielder has seemingly brushed aside all speculation by insisting his main focus is staying in the first team and playing well, and if Southampton wanted to discuss new terms he would be very open to the idea.

He told the Daily Echo: “I just want to see if I can play. I was not sure how the season was going to turn out, the way it started – I am still not sure what will happen with the rest of the season.

“As long as I keep playing and doing well, that’s the most I can do, then see what other people think after that."

On extending his deal the Englishman said: “Obviously, I would be open to that.

“Obviously, (running out your contract) does cross people’s minds, but this is a club I have been at for four years.

“Everyone is settled here and, obviously, it is nice to feel like you are wanted somewhere, so it would be nice."

Pompey boss urges side to 'get at them' against Dagenham

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford has demanded that his side put a stop to their losing streak and 'get at' Dagenham tonight.

The Blues have lost their last three games on the bounce, which has put a slight dent in the hopes of many that the club would fulfill their tag as League Two title favourites this season.

Awford told the Portsmouth News: "Get after them: That’s the message. Let’s not wait. Let’s have a fast start.

"We’ve had a blip, but we’re in this and we’ll get out of it together. We’ve got a great opportunity to do that now against Dagenham. They are in no great shape themselves.

"It’s an opportunity for us to go out and play with energy, enthusiasm, tempo. We need to get after them and go and get that victory.

"We need to set a tempo that sets the pattern of the game."

Eddie Howe reveals his advise to squad before Bournemouth, Leeds clash

The Bournemouth manager has revealed what he said to his players ahead of the Leeds United clash last season, and he hopes tonight that there will be a repeat of the 4-1 thrashing they gave the Yorkshire side. 

There has been a slight rivalry between the clubs since an eventful 1990 fixture that saw Bournemouth drop out of the second tier and Leeds promoted to the Premier League, the game then was also marred by fan hooliganism.

How told the Bournemouth Echo: “It wasn’t a tactic to motivate the players, it was just educating them on what had happened previously and about how much this game meant to our supporters. Nothing has changed and this game means a great deal to our fans and we need to make sure the players are aware of that, as they are with every game when they represent the club.

“We know it is going to be a tough game. We played Leeds on a Tuesday night at the end of last season and had an excellent performance and result and will be looking to replicate that if we can.”

Brighton keeper excited by Ipswich return

David Stockdale says he is relishing facing his former club tonight in the colours of Brighton and Hove Albion.

The former Fulham stopper spent a brief spell on loan with the Tractor boys and says he can't wait to face them.

He told the Argus: "I really enjoyed my time at Ipswich. The fans, like here, welcomed me in and I actually thrived there for a little bit.

"I had some good times. It will be nice going back there. I was at the start of a new contract at Fulham, so it was more about getting games.

"I got called back early as well. I was meant to be there for a year, did well and enjoyed it. I lived there with my family. It was a nice place to live, so I always keep an eye out on them."

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