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Cotterill reflects on Cardiff draw

A draw with Cardiff is something, when all is said and done, I think 'most' would have take if they were 100% honest right?

That said I would also think 'most' could be a bit critical of Steve Cotterill - something that he was indeed of himself...

Although he has said that it was 'over training' that cost us: 'we could have won the game, but I think the reason we didn`t was because we weren't quite at it, and that's my fault.

'I just thought we needed a bit more of a spring in our step to go and win the game. We looked a bit lethargic, and I have to take the responsibility for that.

'I have to take the blame because I've overtrained them. It's down to me and it's something I've got to learn from.

'When you're trying to integrate new players, you can overwork them because you want it to be so right.

'On Friday afternoon I said to the coaching staff that I was worried about us maybe not quite being at full belt.

'Unfortunately I left a bit of their legs on the training ground. We could have won the game if we had been a yard sharper, so I hold my hands up, I let the players down. We didn't quite have that zip in us when we needed it.'

Quite clearly I do not see what goes on in training but I would agree with Cotterill slightly that he 'cost us' but - and no it is not 'Cotterill bashing' - it was his tactical decisions that did this for us for me...

The attacking set-up was wrong, we again had wide players that did not play as wide players and an attacking force that just did not seem to know what was expected of it - the 'long ball' game, in the 1st half, was horrible and did not work at all. It certainly did not work for Erik Huseklepp who hardly got a look-in as a result.

Speaking of Erik the Viking Cotterill said this: 'his performance was average. He's come over here and everything is new to him. Like all the other players, I overtrained him, so he gets an apology from me too.'

To be fair Cotterill did change things slightly in the 2nd half and this made a bit of a difference and 'redeemed' him slightly: 'we made the substitutions and changed our formation. I needed to redeem myself and the equaliser was some kind of consolation.

'We've got six points from five games. It's a steady but unspectacular start to the season.'

Chances were there to be taken, with a couple of goal-line clearances denying us but all-in-all a draw was probably fair and I would have certainly taken this having fallen a goal behind and seen the heads drop momentarily.

We now have a break, a chance to work on some things and come back sharper and better for it, I would hope.

Whilst it would have been nice to go into this break with a few more points it could most definitely have been worse and going in on an unbeaten run of 3, which includes a couple of cleansheets with only a solitary goal conceded in this time, is not bad going...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 28 2011

Time: 7:32AM

Your Comments

what a lame excuse from SC! But it's new to me... I've never heard him blaming himself.
Pompey Malta
what a lame excuse from SC! But it's new to me... I've never heard him blaming himself.
Pompey Malta
I only had PFCTV to judge it by, buy trust your word Rug.. on papaer the squad looks good and well capable, but i can not understand why we did not go for a proprr-porven target man. This week Baldock and LeFondra have both joined clubs in our league for £2m..we didnt appear to have bid for either
plymouth graham
I only had PFCTV to judge it by, buy trust your word Rug.. on papaer the squad looks good and well capable, but i can not understand why we did not go for a proprr-porven target man. This week Baldock and LeFondra have both joined clubs in our league for £2m..we didnt appear to have bid for either
plymouth graham
Two things....Over training? Do me a favour!! Lack of creative players and out and out strikers will cost us! and playing players whilst clearly not match fit...And 2. WHY the hell do we not turn up for the 1st half YET AGAIN??? Do we ever? have we ever under this tactical idiot??? WHY do we have to compress 90 minutes in 45 yet again?????...Rant over!
pentonpompey
Two things....Over training? Do me a favour!! Lack of creative players and out and out strikers will cost us! and playing players whilst clearly not match fit...And 2. WHY the hell do we not turn up for the 1st half YET AGAIN??? Do we ever? have we ever under this tactical idiot??? WHY do we have to compress 90 minutes in 45 yet again?????...Rant over!
pentonpompey
Not quite rant over...If Cotterill has to look at the 1st 45 to make up his mind as to his game plan; then this idiot has no place at this level...Go back to Cheltenham (Sorry to them) and let us take on a manager capable of giving us hope!
pentonpompey
Not quite rant over...If Cotterill has to look at the 1st 45 to make up his mind as to his game plan; then this idiot has no place at this level...Go back to Cheltenham (Sorry to them) and let us take on a manager capable of giving us hope!
pentonpompey
Agree with Penton about Pompey's first half inactivities and Cotterill's tactics and lack of game plan. Also I question his comments about overtraining, were the floodlights on every evening? In Pompey's defence our seasons start has involved some Championship high fliers.
007
Agree with Penton about Pompey's first half inactivities and Cotterill's tactics and lack of game plan. Also I question his comments about overtraining, were the floodlights on every evening? In Pompey's defence our seasons start has involved some Championship high fliers.
007
The trouble is I did not witness anything yesterday which would suggest there is a pattern or plan emerging. There was lots and lots of huff and puff but too often Pompey players picked up the ball, looked up and no-one was showing for it. This lead to the inevitable succession of passes ending up at Ashdown's feet for it to be launched in the direction of Kitson. All Cardiff did was to pass the ball and they seemed to have time and space to do this at will. Poor old Hoseclip didn't receive one decent ball to feet and for a player who has been plying his trade in Italy recently he must be wondering what the hell he las landed in. The players and skill were out there yesterday, but there was no game plan in my opinion. No-one took charge of midfield and directed traffic and Lawrence happears to have gone backwards from last season. The snag is, if we bin SC, who is there available to come in and could we attract them?
Emsworthianblue
The trouble is I did not witness anything yesterday which would suggest there is a pattern or plan emerging. There was lots and lots of huff and puff but too often Pompey players picked up the ball, looked up and no-one was showing for it. This lead to the inevitable succession of passes ending up at Ashdown's feet for it to be launched in the direction of Kitson. All Cardiff did was to pass the ball and they seemed to have time and space to do this at will. Poor old Hoseclip didn't receive one decent ball to feet and for a player who has been plying his trade in Italy recently he must be wondering what the hell he las landed in. The players and skill were out there yesterday, but there was no game plan in my opinion. No-one took charge of midfield and directed traffic and Lawrence happears to have gone backwards from last season. The snag is, if we bin SC, who is there available to come in and could we attract them?
Emsworthianblue
God forbid I said this but...Curbishley???
pentonpompey
God forbid I said this but...Curbishley???
pentonpompey
Good rant Pentonpompey! Particularly the fact that Potty Cotty doesn't have a game plan until the second half, Cott is still learning on the job and I only had the shockingly dreadfully poor PFCTV/Express FM to listen to but the rough house route one fare served up is just not good enough. Nope I wouldn't settle for a draw, we were at home; 6 points from a possible 15 - ain't good enough
RussellM
Good rant Pentonpompey! Particularly the fact that Potty Cotty doesn't have a game plan until the second half, Cott is still learning on the job and I only had the shockingly dreadfully poor PFCTV/Express FM to listen to but the rough house route one fare served up is just not good enough. Nope I wouldn't settle for a draw, we were at home; 6 points from a possible 15 - ain't good enough
RussellM
I am grateful for PFCTV, but if I do compare it to the quality to my local BBC Devon and The Argyle commentator there ( Gordon Sparkes) it does come across as amateurish… It’s still early days yet. I still think that we will do well and I’ve had a bet on promotion -I keep dreaming /fantasising about beating a certain red striped, Scouse managed, over confident, Hampshire club at Wembley in the play-off final. I think that potentially, every signing SC has made this season looks really good, although love him as much as I do, I was a little underwhelmed with the Benji signing due to age fitness and the old adage of “never go back”. I know folks question Steve's tactical nouse, but I do not have that kind of brain, I just like to watch great passing, fast wingers, and good crosses, blocking tackles, great saves, and GOALS!!! Whether its 443,451, sweepers, diamonds, parked buses, hoofing or Barcelona..I don’t care. But I think the players he has signed have every potential to achieve all of these-even my little day dream Pompey
plymouth graham
I am grateful for PFCTV, but if I do compare it to the quality to my local BBC Devon and The Argyle commentator there ( Gordon Sparkes) it does come across as amateurish… It’s still early days yet. I still think that we will do well and I’ve had a bet on promotion -I keep dreaming /fantasising about beating a certain red striped, Scouse managed, over confident, Hampshire club at Wembley in the play-off final. I think that potentially, every signing SC has made this season looks really good, although love him as much as I do, I was a little underwhelmed with the Benji signing due to age fitness and the old adage of “never go back”. I know folks question Steve's tactical nouse, but I do not have that kind of brain, I just like to watch great passing, fast wingers, and good crosses, blocking tackles, great saves, and GOALS!!! Whether its 443,451, sweepers, diamonds, parked buses, hoofing or Barcelona..I don’t care. But I think the players he has signed have every potential to achieve all of these-even my little day dream Pompey
plymouth graham
I don't get this 'overtraining' and players being tired, which is trotted out as an excuse by football managers all the time. There was a lady phoned Express FM after one of the games recently and made the same point. They are young, fit healthy men, who are professional sportsmen and their dayjob is keeping fit. Perhaps Kanu could use this excuse, being 62, but not the rest of them.
tracyc
I don't get this 'overtraining' and players being tired, which is trotted out as an excuse by football managers all the time. There was a lady phoned Express FM after one of the games recently and made the same point. They are young, fit healthy men, who are professional sportsmen and their dayjob is keeping fit. Perhaps Kanu could use this excuse, being 62, but not the rest of them.
tracyc
Although . . I do think we are still signing new players and building the squad/team, so it is natural that they take a little bit of time to settle and for Cotts to see who is the best team. I don't agree with those who call to sack him, although some of those have been calling for it since he first arrived. I do agree he is under pressure though, and we have to start winning before long.
tracyc
Although . . I do think we are still signing new players and building the squad/team, so it is natural that they take a little bit of time to settle and for Cotts to see who is the best team. I don't agree with those who call to sack him, although some of those have been calling for it since he first arrived. I do agree he is under pressure though, and we have to start winning before long.
tracyc
We will start winning tracy we will...top 4 by christmas
plymouth graham
We will start winning tracy we will...top 4 by christmas
plymouth graham
 

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