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Reflections on Derby draw

Reflections on Derby draw

Pompey's winless streak was extended to 10 games following the 1-1 draw with Derby at Fratton yesterday, although for a long time it looked as though this winless run would be extended with us losing again.

That was until Dave Nugent, having previously been guilty of missing a couple of chances, popped up with a belter in the dying minutes to salvage a point.

Steve Cotterill had plenty of thanks, and praise, for Nugent an thinks that we got the point we deserved: 'it was a wonderful goal by Nuge.

'We upped our performance after the break and it warranted us getting that little rub of the green where the ball dropped to him for him to score.

'We're thankful for the goal because it saved us a point. I don't think we deserved to be beaten because we created more chances.'

Confidence, and a lack of it, is something that Cotterill is constantly referring to.

He feels that he is a good confidence builder, that could be open to debate, and now concedes that it will be a 'rocky road' between now and the end of the season: 'we try to build confidence every day of the week. Confidence can take weeks and months to build, but you can lose it in hours. I'm always telling them what good players they are, but they have just lost it a little bit at the moment.

'I think it's going to be a bit of a rocky ride all the way through to May. We've just got to make the most of our up times.

'We've been fragile all season, and today was no different. We just need to carry on working hard until the end of the season.'

All in all, and rightly so, he admits that the performance was not good enough.

The conditions, which of course both had to deal with, did little to help either side though and this was something he expected: 'it was a horrible day with blustery conditions, and that never makes it a good day for football. When I looked out of my window this morning and saw the trees bending, I knew it was a bad sign.

'I thought there were two excellent goals scored, but there wasn't a lot of football played. It looked like two teams that hadn't won in a while. Our level of performance wasn't good enough, really. We were better in the second half than we were in the first, but that wasn't too difficult.'

Cotterill was conspicuous by his absence on the touchline in the second half, which saw one of the younger players - Pete Gregory I think - acting as a go between for him and Ian Woan, although despite an altercation with the referee he was not sent to the stands, the ref merely suggested it might be in his best interests to do so.

The game had defeat written all over it, and 'perhaps' the fact that we managed to dig deep and somehow claim a point could mean so much for the remainder of our season?

We WILL still have a major battle on our hands between now and May although I think that had we lost this game we might as well have called it a day as it would have been a big kick in the you know whats.

Our home form will 'probably' determine our future so it is vitally important that we secure as many points at Fratton as possible, avoiding as many defeats - and picking up wins - will decide a lot.

It was most definitely a point gained in the end although in terms of performance we took a step back from what we saw against QPR, which was a vast improvement than what we saw against Burnley...

Doncaster next week will be tough, and a point will be most welcome.

Whatever though this will make the Fratton double header against Barnsley and Palace all the more important with a return of at least 4pts a near must!


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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Sunday February 6 2011
    Time: 10:04AM


    I wasn't there and had to rely on the dreadfully unreliable streaming service of Pompey live. Having now caught up with people at the game, the the TV high lights - ok something vaguely resembling some football with one highlight, and reviews it seems to me once again the team left it too little too late. I think Cot doesn't have the ability to motivate this lot now and from what I have been told they mostly weren't interested against a very ordinary Derby. Mist shocking was ( apparently - well it caused enough discussion in the pub last night) when supposedly Ashdown just watching a ball go out for a corner that he could have gathered fairly easily.
    06/02/2011 10:53:00
    I saw the Self Obsessed Stupid rent a mob lot on football first TV last night, it was only a two second snapshot but they all looked like they came from the same family. We froze the frame and counted about 30, now that's not representstive clearly so howmany turned up?
    06/02/2011 10:59:00
    Well we didn't lose, thank heavens for small mercies, but we should have won. A moment of madness when the defence went to sleep and the one shot Derby had produced a goal. Is anyone going to take ownership of the defence? Unless he had a knock or a strain, why did Cot take Ward off to accommodate Kanu instead of Kitson? I am afraid, the more I see of Kitson, the more he reminds me of a poor man's Crouch! Lastly, why oh why does it take to long for match officials to clamp down on time wasting? I was *****ed off constantly watching their keeper build a mound on which to place the ball and then circle around it three times like a cat needing a ***** before actually thinking about kicking the blasted thing. Why does it take three players to decide who is going to take a throw in? Why can't there be a time limit from the ball going out to it being thrown back into play? How much football do we actually get to see out of the ninety?
    06/02/2011 13:52:00
    sorry rug,I am giving my match report now,and its better than yours,lol. 1st half..............hmmm, errrrmmmm,yeah I got it,Absolute *********. 2nd Half.............errrmmm,hhhmmmm,a generous *********.
    06/02/2011 14:39:00
    must agree re Kanu coming on for Ward and not Kitson - what was that all about, Cotts?? Kitson is such a moody player and most of the time it's a bad mood. He whinges a lot and doesn't seem to be arsed. Ever. I still stand by my Twitter comment that the half time lucky programme draw was the most gripping bit of the day.
    06/02/2011 15:33:00
    ...can I also register my outrage at Derby fans singing that "your support is f****ng s**t" - ok, we weren't at our best yesterday but Derby County are a long way from the standard set by Leeds United the other week.
    06/02/2011 15:34:00
    I think SC is going to have to button his lip, I've read some of his comments about his players....jeez his man management skills are non-existent. Not all down to him though, this team seems to have totally lost confidence. Nuge scored thank God but he's still up to his tricks of bottling it in front of goal on so many other occasions. Kitson needs a bullet up his arse, what's wrong with that guy? We've got to get a win soon to stem the inevitable, but when's it going to come...?
    06/02/2011 16:54:00
    Maybe it's time for Cotterill to do something; introduce Ciftci more and give Kanu more and more time; he was playing good when Kitson was enjoying himself in the stands! He can also use Halford on the right wing. Something needs to be done, otherwise we're heading down!
    Pompey Malta
    06/02/2011 19:07:00
    This is going to be my final post this season as I feel that the longer we keep SC in post the more likely we are to suffer relegation. His tactical decision making and man management skills are appalling, messrs Ciftci, Kilbey and Rocha I fear might agree with me.
    06/02/2011 19:47:00
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