Cotterill reflects on ANOTHER win (Hull)
Things were 'starting' to look better going into this game, until as late as Friday evening, we were on a fantastic run of form and it looked like we were closing in on an exit from administration and then came the bombshell - the club announced that we were 'close' to going out of business...
To be honest, and I made these thoughts known, I felt it nothing more than brinkmanship, then again this did not make the thought that Hull 'might have' been our last match a little 'upsetting' - to say the least.
Even so, as said, I was fairly 'relaxed' about things and just wanted this game played and for us to get another win under our belts, as we did!
Steve Cotterill, and I would say rightly so, felt that we were 'comfortable' and worth the win under extreme circumstances: 'Hull had a spell for about 10 or 15 minutes in the second half, but apart from that we were very comfortable.
'Hull is a tough place to come and get a result but it was all about us and we deserved to win the game.
'The character shown by everyone in these circumstances, from the players to the kit-man and the coach driver, has been remarkable.
'It was a great win.
'We want to aim nice and high, we want to thrust ourselves into the top six as quickly as possible and then get on with the rest of the season.'
With Friday's revelation Cotterill admitted that discussions as to going ahead with this game were mentioned but it was something that all agreed that they wanted to be a part of as it was owed to various people that we did take part.
Praise was again given to the fans and all connected to the club in the latest difficult circumstances: 'when the team and staff sat down for dinner at the hotel on Friday night, we said we would play this game come what may.
'We made a deal between us that this was what we were going to do - we felt we had to do it for the Football League, for football in general, for Hull City and for our fans.
'The people at this club have been banged on the head for the past 18 months.
'This is a proper football club with proper fans and proper people working for it.
'We haven't got plastic fans here - ours are passionate about their club and the more we can please them, the better.'
After going to 'Hull and back', yep I will use Paul's headline too, it was already starting to break that a deal was sorted out to save the club - before we even finished the game, and we now know that it is a done deal with Balram Chainrai back in control, with a consortium coming in.
Can we FINALLY, once and for all, get back to talking purely about the football again - something that we had, despite the uncertainty still, started to do recently, and why not given our form!
5 wins out 6 is incredible form, and I cannot wait for Forest next weekend. Another win and we would have completed a remarkable turnaround from a club down and out, almost cut adrift at the foot of the table to a club in a play-off place and starting to track down the runaway leaders, who would have though it eh...
PLAY UP POMPEY!