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Cotterill reflects on Sheff Utd

Cotterill reflects on Sheff Utd

Well, what can you say, another weekend and another defeat...

This is very much - with the increased uncertainty at to what the future will bring for this club - like the Portsmouth Football Club of old.

What did Steve Cotterill make of the latest defeat though?

He says that fitness, or a lack of it, is hindering us at the moment and he would prefer a decent week of training than games - he also said that he, and they, will get to where they need to be and sort out the issues: 'we are not fit enough yet. The only thing the players have done is played the games this week.

'None of our boys have had a pre-season. We haven't had a good start that has given us a base fitness-wise.

'The games come thick and fast and we would have preferred a week's training.

'It's not an easy job. I can't believe how hard it has been to get where we are.

'There have been a lot of problems that are deep-rooted but we will get to the bottom of them and turn it around.'

Although surely games increase the fitness, if this is an issue...

He also felt that having created enough chances - and one interview I heard on the radio he got quite irritated when he thought the interviewer suggested otherwise - we deserved more: 'it's been like that for the last three games. There's no reward there. I felt that was a game we deserved to win.

'It summed it up when their goalkeeper was named man of the match. We played very well and created some good chances.'

I would agree that we deserved more, as losing was hard due to the fact I firmly believe that either side deserved to win at the weekend, so a draw would 'probably' have been the fairest result.

The winning goal was shocking as it was NEVER a freekick that saw them score the winning goal - the referee was poor, then again he was poor both ways I guess, it just seemed with some of the bigger calls being the ones we noticed more as they 'seemed' more against us.

I know that we are limited in numbers but I retain my thoughts that these numbers, if used in the right ways, are still good enough to at least keep us up - for me it is time for Cotterill to start tinkering a little bit more, as he did to be fair at the weekend.

Personnel changed slightly at the weekend but I would still like to see us give a change of formation a chance, and cannot say that I think an orthodox 4-4-2 would do any worse than we are, in fact I think with the proper people supplying from the wide midfield areas - and I think we DO have a decent enough left midfielder and a right midfielder to do this - to two strikers that would play off each other would benefit us, then again what do I know...

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Monday September 20 2010
    Time: 8:15AM

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    Have to disagree about a draw being the fairest result, that was one of the most one-sided games I’ve seen in ages. We battered them but just need to start taking our chances.
    pros7
    20/09/2010 09:56:00
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    Steve ! What are you talking about?? Just about every media, tv pundit and fan at the game thought Pompey should have won. I know he is trying to keep the pressure off his strikers but come up with something better than that fcs.
    russellm
    20/09/2010 10:23:00
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    The team which scores more goals deserves to win. That's the name of the game. Get real SC.
    PFCblue
    20/09/2010 10:55:00
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    One of our problems is that we haven't got a creative central midfielder, like we had in Boateng, a player who can surprise their defence. Brown's imagination is pretty mundane, and I think that it is simply not enough! I would also prefer not to comment about Nugent!
    Pompey Malta
    20/09/2010 12:50:00
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    again sorry pros but i disagree - yep we had chances and a good amount of the ball but did not usually look like doing much with it, when they broke we usually contained them quite well. i agree we did not deserve to lose but did not batter them and a point apiece would have, again in my opinion, been more than fair...
    pompeyrug
    20/09/2010 13:28:00
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    The fitness excuse needs to stop, it's tiresome and the team have had plenty time to get fit now.
    russellm
    20/09/2010 20:23:00
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    SC has nothing to say and he comes up with the same old excuses! It is time you change something Steve, or otherwise, make space for others!
    Pompey Malta
    21/09/2010 02:17:00
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    also getting bored with the fitness excuse... right it's not running for us at the moment... but the champ is a looooong old season, let's not forget where sunderland were when they went up under Keane... and I'd be happy with one place above relegation this year - our usual Div2 finishing place... would feel comfy
    jim4pompey
    21/09/2010 07:14:00
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