Date: 5th November 2011 at 8:12pm
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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!


16 Replies to “Pompey fell the Cotterill Forest”

  • just read Cotterill’s after match views, according to him Forest absolutely dominated! Somethings never change!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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 !

  • I agree, Chix, sorry Russellm, Abdul made two or three excellent defence splitting passes but couldn’t dribble, tackle, track or anything else really. If we owned him, he wouldn’t get a game, but he Citeh’s so . . . . . Ryan Williams is more appropriate at the moment. Also, not sure if more starts will improve his mobility much more than a disabled scooter showroom. It’s no coincidence that we looked more likely to win when he came off.

  • You get what you deserve in Football and SC got a job somewhere else.(thank you God) Same old, same old, get used to it Forest fans, he’s like a broken record. I reckon there is some Chelsea style strategic thinking if we get Apple in. Good young Manager, long term appointment. This Pompey side have got potential to play but they are disorganised and lack energy and drive. Some of them are just turning up and some have real heart, if Apple gets the job, and gets to grips with them all, he could turn it around and get us up the table. I live in hope!

  • Got to agree with Chix about Razak, I didn’t think he had a good game at all. Actually at times we would have been better with 10!

  • Agree, Razak was a bit of a liability defensively, very pleased to see him substituted. Eric is getting better & better. Henderson made two excellent stops to keep Forrest at bay but Eric shades it with 2 goals & an assist. Shock of the day, Kitson header on target.

  • Saw the highlight show and Cotterill made me laugh. He said more than once that Forest dominated. I think the lads wanted to prove something and that was you left us for a ‘better’ team but at the end of the day we overtook you !!

  • did not think that razak had a good game, altho he showed some decent touches and diffence splitting passes. tbf he is still young and raw, plus i am not at all convinced that he is suited to a right sided midfield role…
    it might not have been his best game but he is worth another look and i would not write him off just yet.

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