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Reflections on Preston Draw

A 1-1 draw with Preston yesterday was a disappointing result. The performance on the whole matched this disappointment as it was not one of our best, although to be honest this was kind of what I expected really...

This draw, secured in the 2nd half, could still have been a victory though but for David Cotterill's disallowed goal.

A goal - which I have not seen video footage of, just saw it as it happened - should have been allowed according to Steve Cotterill - who said that he had - with him ruing another 'rough call' for us: 'we scored a perfectly good goal. There was no way he was offside. I've looked at it three times on the recording and it`s 100 per cent a goal.

'We've been on the rough end of a couple of decisions in the last few weeks, which makes it difficult at the stage of the season we're at now.'

For a lot of the 1st half I thought we were in control without really creating anything.

Although that said we looked as though we could get caught at the back - as we were!

Being caught out with a ball over the top, or in behind us, looked like the thing that would get us and this is what happened. This is something Cotterill saw as an error, although to be honest I thought it was offside but I guess not: 'the last 15 minutes of the first half were our problem, really. We needed a bit more courage once they scored their goal. We were anxious and uptight. We needed to get on the ball and pass it, and to be sharper in our play.

'They scored when we stepped up for offside, and we never normally step up for offside. It's an error that cost us a goal.

'I thought we missed Ricardo Rocha at the back, because he`s been very, very good. I probably knew the changes I was going to make from the bench today after about 20 minutes, but you don't want to make them that early in case something goes wrong.'

The draw surely ends the play-off talk, right?

Although little changed with the way other results went really so Cotterill still thinks it is possible but we 'probably', in fact almost certainly, need to win our final 6 games and even then would it be enough?

Winning the lot is something he knows we are capable of: 'with the other results, nothing has changed too much. We're still nine points behind. Before this game I felt from the last seven games we needed six wins, or five wins and a draw.

'We're capable of going on a run, because we've done it twice already this season. We just need to do it once more.'

Even with 6 wins from 6, which is unlikely for me - but we have more chance if Rocha John Rocha, who we really missed yesterday, can stay fit and available - I cannot see us making the play-offs and to be honest I think too many of the players have already accept this?

That was on display from some I thought...

But hey ho, we and they regroup and are ready to go against Coventry on Tuesday, at least I hope so - bring on The Sky Blues!


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Sunday April 10 2011

    Time: 7:04PM

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    I cannot see us reaching the play offs now. With still Cardiff, Swansea and Norwich to play who are fighting for that 2nd spot. Yes we have already beaten Norwich and Swansea this season but look at our resulsts against the lower sides eg Coventry first game of the season
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    10/04/2011 19:48:00

    You simply cannot hope you'll make it against the big guns of the npower if cannot win comfortably against a troubled side like Preston. I just cannot see it happen. Yes, we may win one or two against them, but all... is doubtful! If Cotts said he knew what changes he had to make, he should have done them there and then. This is a period when a manager must take chances. Why wait for a substitution if you think it will cahnge the outcome! Silly, really.
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    10/04/2011 20:11:00

    adams and hart were constantly knocked for being tactically inept - while, to be fair, cotterill has been better in this department i still think that he lacks the ability to really know what to change, and when to do it, when the going is really tough. like hart in particular i think that cotterill plans out what he is going to do and more often than not will not make that change until the time comes that he has already planned out he will...
    changes made a difference but 'probably' needed to come a little sooner?
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    11/04/2011 09:07:00

    I've had the chance to see extended "high lights" and Pompey simply are not good enough, individual performances simply not good enough, two strikers were/ are not good enough. The play off's died with the Boro and Bristol results. We won't go down look so look to next season.
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    11/04/2011 16:22:00


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