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Cotterill reflects on Watford win

Pompey picked after the international break where they left off before it - keeping an unbeaten run going with a 3rd successive league win at home in the league as we extended the unbeaten run to 4 with a 3-2 win over Watford in a fantastically good, yet also bad game at times...

By that I mean it was an enjoyable game, very much so once again, although there were some periods of bad play - although that for me makes this level of football so much better and more enjoyable than the premier league.

Steve Cotterill paid tribute to Watford and could not let Jamie Ashdown's saves, which were incredible, pass without a mention: 'Watford are a good side and they started both halves brighter than us. You can see why they've had a good start to the season. They're a younger team than us and are full of energy, and I thought somewhere along the line that would come into play.

'Within the win I won't forget Jamie Ashdown's excellent saves, or our sloppy marking from the corner for their equaliser.

'But there have been plenty of times when we have gone away from home and got nothing when we've deserved something, like at Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.'

He also had praise for the home support as he felt that without this we would not have got back into the game, let alone won it: 'we showed good character to win. The players have a great spirit among them.

'But you can't crumble here because you've got 16,000 fans willing you on. You can't fail these fans - and they've not failed us since I`ve been here.

'They were magnificent. At 2-1 down they turned the volume up. Without them we might not have got back in the game.'

Hayden Mullins' goal, meaning it was back-to-back goals at home, was a fantastic strike and now he is finally starting to score the goals that Cotterill feels he should be, as is Mikey Brown, who scored what proved to be the winner: 'Hayden Mullins' goal was fantastic. It was an unbelievable strike. When I arrived here in the summer I was amazed that Hayden had never scored for the club.

'Browny used to be a goalscoring midfielder but had stopped scoring, which was something we spoke about when we were away in America during pre-season. His finish was outstanding too.'

The question on many peoples lips - in a positive way for a change - before the game was 'where was John Utaka?'

Well this was also explained by Cotterill, who left him out as he had a slight hamstring tweak - to be honest I think that his reasoning makes sense and have to say that I applaud it, which is something that 'perhaps' others 'could' have done with him in the past perhaps?

Anyway, this was the explanation: 'if I had pushed John he would have played. But I think he has turned a corner and if we had put a half-fit John Utaka out then maybe the fans who perhaps still think he doesn't work hard enough at times could have thought he wasn't bothered.

'Then, all the good work John has done could have been undone, and I don't want that to happen. I want him to have a love affair with the Portsmouth fans because they do like their flair, and he's one of those.

'What we have got John doing is to work harder back towards his own goal. He's been terrific for us.'

Well, there is nothing more to say really apart from bring on the Millwall, right...

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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Sunday October 17 2010

    Time: 2:00PM

    Your Comments

    Periods of bad play make it more enjoyable than the PL; can't go with that thought process Rug. lol you must gave been in heaven in the delegation season! Good to see we can get goals from any of the midfield or forward line, I feel that will be crucial to ensuring safety. Rear guard doesn't have confidence in Ashdown so I think it needs the Herminator back to get things organised. Definetly a different feel around the ground yesterday, well apart from those that gave Lawrence a bit of stick.
    russellm
    Everything has changed since we are playing with a more attacking mentality. We haven't got the players to counter-attack in Brown, Mullins and Hughes (when he plays), so we need to push other teams and stay at their faces.
    Pompey Malta
    We can certainly score goals, especially as we've got the midfielders chipping in regularly now. Mullins!?! We just need to sort the defence out because we're conceding way too many. Paddy's doing well, hopefully the Herminator will be back soon and we might be making another signing?
    tracyc
    people will probably bite my head off for this but to be honest i'm not comfortable with midfielders chipping in for goals... I'd be more comfortable with a couple of strikers dominating the scoring...
    jim4pompey
    and I'm still not convinced of SC - these seem like sensible comments above but then you have some of the other stuff and the rumours about how he treats the kids.... it's disappointing - and i can see the more mature players should be capable of motivating themselves to these wins so how much is it SC?
    jim4pompey
    Won't bite your head off Jim, we are all entitled to our opinion, but I must say I was reading the top goal scorer list in the Mail tonight and I was disappointed not find a Pompey name there. Then it dawned on me - Oh Happy Days! EVERYONE is scoring! (or very nearly). If you only have 2 goal scorers and they are having an off time, then you have had it. I prefer things the way they are.
    Gandor1
     

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