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Pompey fell the Cotterill Forest

3 - 0
Notts Forest





The script was already written and executed to perfection in front of a demanding Pompey crowd, Cotterill returned and left empty handed.

Pompey went with a start with Abdul Razak, he came in for the still stricken Lawrence, Huseklepp replacing Ward and Halford usurping Mokoena.

The first half was as dour as they come, both teams continually gave the ball away and there was no fluency from either side whatsoever. Lewis McGugan had the best chance of the early exchanges, he was played in with just Henderson to beat, the home 'keeper spreading himself well to beat the ball away with his legs. The game then slipped back into the mediocre, the ref who whistled away happily like Roger Whittaker on ecstacy doing little to help proceedings.

That was all to change on the stroke of half time however, Pompey had a late push and Mullins smashed in a screamer which crashed back off the bar, the third time have managed this in the same amount of games, the ball found Huseklepp wide on the left, he jinked inside and curled a beauty past Camp into the Milton end, it was a goal to light up the dullest of matches.

Half-time came and went, the fans obviously lifted by a unique feeling of a first half lead, as the game got going again it was much more of a spectacle, Norris forcing a good save from Camp and then Kitson lobbing over the bar.

Forest then had a purple five minute patch, Chambers headed goalwards only for Mullins to scramble off of the line, then Henderson making a clawing save to preserve the lead.

Huseklepp had another mazy run stopped in the box, when he has the ball at his feet he certainly lights up the pitch, Razak also showed some grat glimpses of skill and an eye for a pass, he went off to a good reception as Ward replaced him.

Forest then had another good sight of goal, a ball floated over the defnce and found Gunter in space about 15 yards out, he time to measure his volley but got it all wrong and ballooned over.

This was the signal for Pompey to finish it off, Huseklepp swung in a near post corner and the ball was met by a ginger head to exorcise his midweek miss and give a two goal cushion.

Huseklepp was to get the last goal though, a cross from the right evaded all the heads gathered in the middle, Norris picked it up and returned to the six yard area and Husklepp scuffed the ball home, 3-0 at home and happy fans all round.

The home fans sang the virtues of a 4-4-2 formation to their former manager and he must of felt right at home in the dugout seeing his team lose at fratton!

Star Player

In the first half you would of been hard tasked to pick anybody, until the Norwegian screamer of course, Kitson has a decent game and Razak showed a few promising signs, the defence was sound again and the man behind them made one wonderful save, however it is hard to disagree with the choice of Erik, 2 goals and an assist.

Date:Saturday November 5 2011
Time: 8:12PM


just read Cotterill's after match views, according to him Forest absolutely dominated! Somethings never change!
05/11/2011 20:26:00
Would you expect anything different from his comments. Well done Pompey. 3 very important points and 3 goals with a clean sheet. A happy weekend.
05/11/2011 20:56:00
His comments also said he's going to work them hard in training this week, so he's got the excuse ready for next time of the players being too tired!!!! Great result heading into the international break.
Alty Blue
05/11/2011 21:22:00
also read them Paul and felt a sense of deja vu...
think we deserved the win altho i would agree i think that 3-0 was maybe alittle flattering, forest did not dominant tho! yep they had a spell when we invitted pressure on ourselves by dropping so deep but did not dominate.
05/11/2011 22:04:00
Seeing a lot of effort for no reward followed by bouts of whinging at the Ref then lash ups and lashing out tied up nicely with a word from the fourth official about behaviour in the technical area and coming away with nothing! Forest were like Pompey a month back before Whit got played out of his preferred position...... I just can't fathom it!!!! Rocha or TBH could also have got Motm in my opinion but can't begrudge Erik ; he played both halves with effort and thought which - if we are honest - cant be said of most of the team.
06/11/2011 00:27:00
Razak is looking like a top loan; on what has been a generally poor season for Lawrence Razak deserves another start imho. ... I know Gray is likely to depart to Forest but I hope the rumours of Whit being an obligation to any new manager are true; personally I'd like to see him also take an assistant manager role as well as his coaching duties. If Appleton does come I fully expect him to Be successful ( for me that means acheiving the play offs or promotion next season) and be cherry picked with 3 years. Stability and continuity will be key and Whittingham can provide that.
06/11/2011 00:34:00
paultsmouth.... Cotterill never changes! Same old excuses, the excuses Forest should get used to! A very well deserved welcome-back: clean sheet and 3 goals. This is football SC!
Pompey Malta
06/11/2011 08:31:00
I really do find Guy's post-match interviews incredibly refreshing in their honesty. All this conjecture and rumour about the new manager coming in, when this shows how we never needed a new manager at all .. we just needed to get rid of Cotterill! I'm suprised he didn't say his players were tired!
06/11/2011 09:12:00
Russ.. Agree Razak probably needs another start .. but I thought he was (on the whole) dreadful yesterday .. The bust-up between Mullins and Halford was due to the fact that Razak was not covering back too .. thought he had a couple of glimpses of class but on the whole looked like a new boy on his first day at school .. and nobody seemed to pass to him either ... Hope we see him play a little better before he returns.. if the new manager decides to keep him that is !
06/11/2011 10:22:00
.. Also thought the ref was dreadful too
06/11/2011 10:23:00
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