Vital Football

Cotterill reflects on penalty win

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...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

  • Click here to make your prediction: Pompey v Cardiff.

    Join the Vital Pompey Debate

    Trust

  • Frippy's Virtual Bookies - latest update and place your bets!

  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Wednesday August 25 2010
    Time: 9:00AM

    Comments

    0
    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
    25/08/2010 09:15:00
    0
    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
    25/08/2010 10:17:00
    0
    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
    25/08/2010 10:54:00
    0
    You guys really need to find another stock Cotterill photo. Heh.
    t-readyroc
    25/08/2010 13:07:00
    Page 1/1
    1. 1

    Login to post a comment

    Recent Portsmouth Articles

    On this day in history...4th December

    A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 4th December.

    Sunday Chimes #97 - a week off but a look ahead

    Grimsby next Saturday a look back, Smith almost snatches a prize, a chance to meet Motty and the tragedy of Chapecoense..

    On this day in history...3rd December

    A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 3rd December.

    Evans - Right back or right midfield?

    Drew Talbot and Adam Buxton are fit but Gareth Evans continues to fill in at right back. Should this change? If so where would it leave the battle between Evans and Carl Baker?

    Archived Vital Pompey Articles

    Vital Pompey articles from

    Site Journalists

    pompeyrug
    Editor email
    Profile
    eastneydave
    Editor email
    Profile
    paultsmouth
    no email
    Profile

    Current Poll (see more polls)

    Change at right back? If so where would this leave Evans?
    Suggested By: pompeyrug
    Keep Evans at RB23%
    Drop Evans. Talbot or Buxton at RB55%
    Drop Baker. Evans at RM0%
    Keep Barker in RM. Leave out Evans completely0%
    Cookie knows best (?) In him we trust22%
    ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

    League Table

    # Team P W D L Pts. GD
    1 Doncaster 19 12 3 4 39 14
    2 Carlisle 19 10 8 1 38 14
    3 Plymouth 19 12 2 5 38 8
    4 Portsmouth 19 9 4 6 31 12
    5 Luton 19 8 7 4 31 10
    6 Yeovil 19 8 4 7 28 1
    7 Wycombe 19 8 4 7 28 1
    8 Blackpool 19 7 6 6 27 11
    9 Barnet 19 6 9 4 27 0
    10 Grimsby 19 7 5 7 26 2
    11 Crewe 19 6 8 5 26 -3
    12 Cambridge 19 7 4 8 25 -2
    13 Mansfield 19 6 7 6 25 -4
    14 Stevenage 18 7 3 8 24 -1
    15 Colchester 19 6 5 8 23 1
    16 Crawley 19 6 5 8 23 -11
    17 Morecambe 19 7 2 10 23 -13
    18 Hartlepool 19 5 7 7 22 -4
    19 Notts County 19 6 4 9 22 -8
    20 Accrington 19 5 6 8 21 -5
    21 Exeter 19 6 2 11 20 -5
    22 Leyton Orient 19 5 3 11 18 -5
    23 Cheltenham 19 3 9 7 18 -8
    24 Newport 18 4 5 9 17 -5
    Vital Football Comment
    Latest F1 News
    Latest Vital Boxing News
    Write for Vital Football

    Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

    Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

    Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Hartlepool United (H)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Newport County (a)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (a)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Luton Town (H)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Jan 5 2017 7:45PM : Doncaster Rovers (a)
    Sky Bet League Two

    Vital Members League Table

    RankNamePoints
    1.eastneydave5
    2.Copnor434
    3.storagematt2
    4.PompeyFrippy1
    5.Dorking Pompey1
    The Vital Football Members League