Vital Football

Reflections on Swansea draw

Reflections on Swansea draw

'That was better', is what I will say about the Swansea game!

On a cracking day, an absolute belter of an Easter weekend game, we saw a much greater amount of effort and endeavour again, which is something that - for me - had been missing in recent games and has made the defeats all the more frustrating.

Without doubt though the quality, especially in the final third, was missing. For both sides mind!

For me I think a draw was about the right result although Steve Cotterill thought we 'just about' deserved all 3pts but was happy to take a point to make it 4pts we have taken from them this season: 'there aren't many teams who have taken four points off Swansea this season like we have. It was a very tough and competitive game.

'I think we shaded it overall - in the first half we were the better team and we had the best chances in the game.'

With injuries mounting up going into the game only 4 subs could be named - further injuries in the 0-0 draw and loan rulings could mean we have even fewer on Monday when we go to Burnley. Déjà vu anyone?

This is what he is feeling as far as the numbers are going - and this makes him happier that we are safe from relegation: 'how we've managed to get to where we are in the table has been a credit to the players. It's been almost a miracle.

'I should imagine there are teams below with much larger squads who would love to have as many points as we are.

'I think we've gone full-circle back to where we were at the beginning of the season. We're pathetically thin. The fact we had just four substitutes shows exactly where we are.'

How many subs we will have on Easter Monday will depend on how badly injured a couple forced off with these injuries recover.

Cotterill hopes to have greater numbers for the trip to Turf Moore although either way he is looking forward to his return to a former club: 'I'm looking forward to going back to Burnley very much. I would like to be doing it with a stronger squad, but we'll make as good a fist of it as we can.

'We've got to hope the gods are with us and we get a goal in front to give us something to hold on to.

'We don't know yet how bad the injuries are to De Laet and Kitson, but Kitson's is probably worse. It looked like a cracked rib.

'De Laet hurt his calf but at this stage we don't know if it`s a pull or bad cramp.'

As said I do not think many can be faulted for effort and commitment, I thought we saw plenty of this - and much more than we have seen in recent weeks - but that little bit of extra quality that we have missed up top for quite some time made the main difference in the end.

This was a good point, although it came at a price - that said 'if' Dave Kitson misses out against Burnley would it 'really' be a bad thing...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

  • Click here to make your prediction: Burnley v Pompey.

    Join the Vital Pompey Debate

    Trust

  • Frippy's Virtual Bookies - latest update and place your bets!

  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Sunday April 24 2011
    Time: 11:00AM

    Best of Vital Network

    Vital Boxing - Khan to Fight in the UK

    Login to post a comment

    Recent Portsmouth Articles

    On this day in history...31st August

    A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 31st August.

    Stats: Yeovil Town v Pompey

    All the stats from Yeovil Town (4) vs (3) Pompey, Huish Park, 30/08/16 Att: 1,534

    YEOVIL (EFL Trophy) PREVIEW

    It's EFL Trophy time! Or as it used to be known, the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

    The new look cup competition, which has widely received criticism, will feature all 48 sides from League One and

    EFL Trophy - Matchday One 30-08-16

    The revamped (if that's a good thing is open to personal opinion) EFL Trophy gets underway this midweek with the first group matches played.

    Archived Vital Pompey Articles

    Vital Pompey articles from

    Site Journalists

    pompeyrug
    Editor email
    Profile
    eastneydave
    Editor email
    Profile
    paultsmouth
    no email
    Profile
    Chix
    no email
    Profile

    Current Poll (see more polls)

    EFL Trophy - Yeovil MotM
    Suggested By:
    O Brien0%
    Close0%
    Barton0%
    Clarke0%
    Naismith0%
    May0%
    Bennett0%
    Linganzi0%
    Tollitt0%
    Smith100%
    Evans0%
    Sub - Davies0%
    Sub - Chaplin0%
    Sub - Hunt0%
    ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

    League Table

    # Team P W D L Pts. GD
    1 Morecambe 5 4 0 1 12 3
    2 Luton 5 3 1 1 10 6
    3 Doncaster 5 3 1 1 10 4
    4 Colchester 5 3 1 1 10 3
    5 Mansfield 5 3 1 1 10 1
    6 Carlisle 5 2 3 0 9 2
    7 Plymouth 5 3 0 2 9 0
    8 Portsmouth 5 2 2 1 8 1
    9 Crawley 5 2 2 1 8 0
    10 Leyton Orient 5 2 1 2 7 2
    11 Notts County 5 2 1 2 7 0
    12 Grimsby 5 2 0 3 6 2
    13 Barnet 5 1 3 1 6 1
    14 Cheltenham 5 1 3 1 6 1
    15 Hartlepool 5 1 3 1 6 0
    16 Crewe 5 1 3 1 6 -1
    17 Blackpool 5 1 2 2 5 0
    18 Newport 5 1 2 2 5 -1
    19 Wycombe 5 1 2 2 5 -2
    20 Accrington 5 1 1 3 4 -3
    21 Yeovil 5 1 1 3 4 -3
    22 Stevenage 5 1 1 3 4 -6
    23 Exeter 5 1 0 4 3 -4
    24 Cambridge 5 0 2 3 2 -6
    Latest F1 News
    Latest Vital Boxing News

    Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

    Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

    Vital Members League Table

    RankNamePoints
    1.pompeyrug155
    2.PompeyFrippy43
    3.FrattonBlue35
    4.storagematt33
    5.Copnor4326
    6.eastneydave21
    7.mslorna4819
    8.uspompeyfan15
    9.stubbsy00712
    10.Dentoblue12