Vital Football

Reflecting on Forest win

Reflecting on Forest win

Ok, we beat Forest 3-0...

All in all I do think that we deserved to win although by a clear three-goal margin, well I am not quite so sure but what the hell I will take it and bask in that glory!

One thing I do know it that Forest did not 'dominant the game' like Steve Cotterill claims that they did. Sure, they were probably on top for a period in the 2nd half but I would say this was as much down to us sitting way too deep and inviting too much pressure on us as anything.

Anyway, in what is 'almost certainly' co-caretaker manager Guy Whittingham's last game in charge the former Pompey striker was happy to sign off with another win.

That made it 3/3 at Fratton under his co-guidance and making Fratton that Fortress that it once used to be, and we need it to be again, pleases him: 'I remember the days when I was playing here and it was Fortress Fratton, so it's nice to be able to get back to that - to win your home games and not concede.

'That's very important because it gives you a base to go on and play with a little bit more freedom away.

'The Fratton end really do suck the ball into the net. It's great to win in front of them.'

Not 'having a go' enough is something that a lot of us have been critical of the players for not doing - sometimes it comes off, sometimes it does not! For Erik Huseklepp he was one off those that it did come off for.

Praise was given to him, and this willingness to 'have a pop' by others as well, by Whittingham: 'all week in training Erik's been practising coming in off that left-hand side and cracking the ball into the far corner.

'So it's great to see someone doing that in training and taking it into a game and producing a goal like that. I'm really pleased for Erik because he's a hard worker.

'I enjoyed his second goal too because it was a scrappy one where he was in the right area and didn't make the best connection but still put the ball in the back of the net.

'It came off the back of a great shot by Hayden Mullins when the ball hit the woodwork. We keep saying to the lads that they need to keep taking shots, not to pass the buck to somebody else and to keep having a go.

'Even when David Norris skied one nearly out of the ground in the first half, at least he was having a go, and that`s what we've encouraged them to do.'

When we missed two 'clear cut' chances early in the 2nd half I worried that we might end up paying for it!

Fortunately we did not and a fantastic save from Stephen Henderson, when the score was only 1-0, made sure we did not: 'it was a great win, but I think the turning point was Stephen's save. It would have been a lot harder for us if he hadn't saved that shot.

'We haven't scored enough goals from set-pieces, so we're delighted with Kits' goal that came not long after the save. That gave us a real lift.

'It was a dour first 45 minutes, but when that happens it's vital that you keep a clean sheet. Thankfully we did that, and it set the platform for us to win the match. That's very pleasing.'

If this game did not prove to be Whittingham's, and Stuart Gray's, last game in charge I would be very surprised to be honest...

Whittingham 'appears' to acknowledge as much with his final thoughts: 'it's pleasing that we've got some good results and climbed up the table and very much hope we've given the owners enough time to find the right person to take charge.'

Thanks for what you have done Guy, and of course Stuart, but now it is time to bring in a fulltime manager so lets get this done now - I still think that Whittingham has a lot to offer us, as could Gray, although Gray may well move on, and maybe go to Forest?

Whittingham on the other hand, assuming the new manager wants to keep him - and breaking up the coaching set-up here too much is not something I expect to happen - then he will remain a coach.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Click here to make your prediction: Watford v Pompey.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Vital Pompey on: facebook Vital Pompey on: twitter

Join the Vital Pompey Forum Debate

Frippy's Virtual Bookies - here.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday November 6 2011
Time: 2:19PM

Comments

0
Luckily I - as is tradition- arrived late and missed most of the first half. What great value for money I got, my Bro in law and I started the second half chant of 4,4,2. Oh how we laughed as we rolled in hammered to turn on the football league show and who was on - none but my very own Potty Cottey - my Bro and I looked at each other and simultaneously " we shoulda win that" came out. But we were wrong " we dominated the game" came out of Steves face - laugh - LAUGH - i nearly got the beers.
Russellm
06/11/2011 14:51:00
0
It's the way SC said it Russell I think he really believed it lol the blokes clueless!
PompNut
06/11/2011 15:10:00
0
i have to be fair, i am gonna follow the forest results more now (esp if they lose), just to see what cotts comes out with,, his pearls of wisdom brighten up the darkest days. (he's priceless) forest fans,,,,,,,,,,,,,i feel for you (hahaha)
pfc,steve
07/11/2011 10:02:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital F1 - All talk on Ferrari

Recent Portsmouth Articles

League One Make Up For 2017/18

All promotions and relegations for the season of 2016/17 have been confirmed, so the full make up of League One for 2017/18 is now known.

On this day in history...30th May

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 30th May.

Wigan in for Paul Cook

Wigan have made an approach for Paul Cook but can Pompey keep their prized asset?....

On this day in history...27th May

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 27th May.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

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

Current Poll (see more polls)

Can Pompey kick on in League One?
Suggested By: pompeyrug
Yes, we'll win it11%
We'll be runners up0%
Top-six30%
Top-10 (7th-10th)28%
Midtable13%
Bottom half9%
No, we'll be relegated9%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Portsmouth 46 26 9 11 87 39
P Plymouth 46 26 9 11 87 25
P Doncaster 46 25 10 11 85 30
4 Luton 46 20 17 9 77 27
5 Exeter 46 21 8 17 71 19
6 Carlisle 46 18 17 11 71 1
7 Blackpool 46 18 16 12 70 23
8 Colchester 46 19 12 15 69 10
9 Wycombe 46 19 12 15 69 5
10 Stevenage 46 20 7 19 67 4
11 Cambridge 46 19 9 18 66 8
12 Mansfield 46 17 15 14 66 4
13 Accrington 46 17 14 15 65 3
14 Grimsby 46 17 11 18 62 -4
15 Barnet 46 14 15 17 57 -7
16 Notts County 46 16 8 22 56 -22
17 Crewe 46 14 13 19 55 -9
18 Morecambe 46 14 10 22 52 -20
19 Crawley 46 13 12 21 51 -18
20 Yeovil 46 11 17 18 50 -15
21 Cheltenham 46 12 14 20 50 -20
22 Newport 46 12 12 22 48 -22
R Hartlepool 46 11 13 22 46 -21
R Leyton Orient 46 10 6 30 36 -40
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.pompeyrug198
2.PompeyFrippy55
3.storagematt42
4.pompeyweller28
5.Copnor4325
6.eastneydave22
7.stubbsy00716
8.Jimsmithswig10
9.FrattonBlue9
10.uspompeyfan4
Write for Vital Football