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Pompey vs. Notts Forest

Fratton

5/11/11

15:00

Welcome back Steve

Pompey give a quick welcome back to ex-manager Steve Cotterill as his Forest side make the trek south.

Vital Quotes:

One familiar face will be the in the dugout anyway, if he is joined by Micky Meathead or Coppell the Coot is anyone's guess.

Hopefully Cotterill won't get a bad reception, he done alright by our club, the football might not of been the most exciting but he stood up for Pompey when we were totally rudderless when others would of walked.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey may have Liam Lawrence fit after all, he has made a quick recovery from an ankle knock after looking like he may spend a period on the side lines.

Also back in contention will be Halford, his shoulder injury has cleared up and he will probably replace Mokoena at right back.

The Gray/Whittingham duo will probably go for home 'rules' tomorrow, that means Huseklepp in for Ward and the onus more on attack, so far they have resisted starting Razak, but he seems to be forcing his way into the reckoning with every training session.

Player to watch: Kitson

Obviously didn't see eye to eye with Cotterill even though he was a regular starter under his tenure, feels he let the side down missing a good chance on tuesday, what better was to make up for it by netting tomorrow?

Notts Forest Team News:

Forest have a bit of an injury crisis going on, ironically this has coincided with their best run of form this season.

Cotterill has got Forest looking more resolute at the back and winning games once more, 9 points out of 12 is not bad form at all.

Player to watch: McGugan

One of Forest's players of the season last term, gets goals from deep and is a real threat.

Match Facts & Stats

Defeat in January ended a run of 6 straight wins over Forest for Pompey, although our win at home was quite a fortuitous one if I recall.

Ref Watch:

Norman Bates, normal guy

Match Prediction:

Place your best effort here.

Next Fixtures:

Watford in a couple of weeks.




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Your Comments

A good reception to SC would be by showing him how capable of playing football is the team he assembled, the team that never played to its' best and got a good result!
Pompey Malta
AGree there Malta. Three points and a good performance is the best welcome.
eastneydave
a warm welcome and a damn good thrashing of cotts lot is what i hope for tomorrow. also,, could we see three generations of pompey manager/coaches, the past, present and future, who will be unveiled in the hot seat ??????? the plot thickens !!!!
pfc,steve
I bet Kitson scores!!!
PompNut
tbh i cannot say i was ever one of cotts biggest fans but when someone is your manager they are your manager and you support them - i DO think it was best for all that he left when he did but he did do alright by us as a club when he was here, even if the football was not that good for large portions...
he deserves a good reception but i really hope that he goes away with nothing but a defeat - i cannot say i want to win this game anymore as he is in charge as i do not, want to win it as much as i do ANY game we play.
pompeyrug
i bet kitson hopes that he scores Nut!
pompeyrug
I am on my way home from my holidays and will miss the game by a few hours. But I do hope SC gets a good reception. We owe him that. And then we give him a good thrashing!!!
gandor1
He deserves a gentle clap for what he did last year..I have a feeling the new manager will be annonced today, much like Benjani's signing...my guess is that OGS and SC have turned us down, so it will be SO'D as DOF, with either Appleton, Gary Smith, or Valerie Kerpov as Coach...probably MA out of those three,,I also suspect that we might well lose today, NF are coming into a run of form, and SC knows our strengths and weakness' and will look to exploit them, whereas we do not have that advantage...having said that we have looked up for it lately
plymouth graham
nothing against sc i think he did a decent job last year, but this year when we needed to kick on it caught up with him, and it was proberly best for us and him to part company. good luck to him not today though! 2 clear goals today please lads.
nobby1954
Cotterill was not a totally popular manager. I feel that he lacked any class or warmth. I think he will get a rough ride today.
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