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Cotterill reflects on penalty win

I must say that in the 1st half of the league cup game against Palace, as we have for much of the season, we just did not 'really' look at the races - although the 2nd half onwards there was a marked improvement, to a point where we dominated extra time, albeit against 10-men.

Steve Cotterill, as he told The Pompey Site, has since revealed that it was watching from the directors box in that 1st half to give him a different view and this enabled him to see what was going wrong, and he told them at half time: 'I had a good sit up there and look at them.

'There was a fear of failure. We looked light on confidence. They weren't doing the things I see them do every day in training.

'So at half-time I told them to forget that and to express themselves. I reminded them that they were good players - and that they had to show the people who pay their wages that they were good players.

'It wasn't a pop at anyone. I was just saying 'come on'. I'm with them through thick and thin.'

As said already this certainly worked as we looked an almost different side, you could almost see the belief coming into the play and this only grew after our goal, the equaliser set us back a little, but only a little mind.

Cotterill hopes, and thinks, that this win will also - as it should really - give us a boost: 'and I think our attitude in the first 20 minutes of the second half won us the game because we got them on their back foot.

'Palace were dangerous and brought a lot of fresh players into their team, while we're on our heels as a football club. But the lads showed great character in the second half and in extra-time. We were dominant. The way we played will give us a real boost.'

No one seemed to want to win the penalty shootout, incidentally the first witnessed at Fratton so I am told, but eventually the chance fell to Richard Hughes and he scored.

Cotterill says that he 'fancied' him to score, in all honesty I cannot say I was as confident though! There was also praise for the fans who helped us to the win and he is looking for a home draw in round 3: 'it was nice for Hughsie to score the winning penalty. He's got a cool head. I fancied him to score when he walked up to take it.

'The fans helped us through. There was no getting on anyone's back. They were unbelievable. The more they do that the better it is for me as a manager.

'It's nice to win football matches. Hopefully now we'll get a nice plum draw at home in the next round.'

In typical fashion Dave Nugent, scoring his first Fratton goal in 18-months, injured himself in scoring his goal, which was a quality one - I think Cotterill summed him up nicely, although he is now 'doubtful' for the weekend: 'Nuge is not a great goalscorer, but a scorer of great goals, and that was a great goal he scored.

'But he's picked up an ankle injury that makes him a bit of a doubt for Cardiff.'

This was encouraging - I had said that I was looking for a big improvement on the Preston performance although whatever the result I would be happy if we got that.

We certainly did get that and the added bonus was we more than got the value for money from the 18 paid, as there was plenty of excitement, plenty of passion and we witnessed a dramatic penalty shootout, what more could we ask?

Now to build on this, although Cardiff will be a monster at the weekend...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday August 25 2010

    Time: 9:00AM

    Your Comments

    Some things that worried me about the managers comments here: 1, why did you have to go to the directors box here to see a fear of failure? Surely a manager should see that in his players and motivate his players in the dressing room? The other statement is Nugent is not a great goal scorer.... erm that's not quite what you told us before is it! Otherwise a win is a win so another home draw please.
    russellm
    Skin of our teeth me thinks...well I am pleased DN scored.. Has anyone like me considered that this Tom Lever bid..is in fact the same guy behind Rob lloyds bid...look at this, They both come from cheshire-ish. They are both in the property game, and have Horse type sporting connections..read recent blogs and articles on line about TL playing Polo etc...Also AA has publicly given out the same responses for both about "show me the Money".. also the article in the news spoke about Mark Mudie introducing them, who was also big on the Lloyd bid...its the same folks i think
    plymouth graham
    That would make sense PG - I had thought it was a little surprising that Mudie was involved in both. And Russell - I presume that Cotterill went up to the directors box to see a 'fear of failure' in their play, as in, a fear to make anything other than a short sideways pass. Easier to see that from up there rather than pitchside.
    SouthLondonBlue
    You guys really need to find another stock Cotterill photo. Heh.
    t-readyroc
     

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