Date: 26th April 2011 at 10:11am
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With all the latest ‘off-the-field dramas’ surrounding the ownership of Pompey it could easily have been missed by many that we did play yesterday!

A 1-1 draw at Burnley was a good point to be honest and one that most, I would think, would have taken before the game.

Steve Cotterill was happy enough with this point although he was, despite everything, a touch disappointed that we did not manage to claim all 3pts but could not fault the effort: ‘it was a great effort considering the squad numbers we’ve got. We were the side in the ascendency in the first half and could have won it.

‘It’s been a really difficult Easter weekend, with Swansea and Burnley in 48 hours and the travelling that’s come with it. That’s an unbelievable ask. But we’ve equipped ourselves well and come away with two very good points from the games.

‘David Nugent could have won it for us at the end when he went through. He’s had a great season, but I thought he had an average game apart from his great goal.’

The lack of numbers in the squad has really told as the season has gone on, and as it draws to a close the dwindling numbers – made fewer by injuries and suspensions – is what ultimately cost us the chance of collecting a win really.

Adding to his previous thought he went onto say: ‘like Swansea, Burnley are a good side, but they were nearly beaten by us. If we had had a bit more energy out there it would have made a difference, but we only had four substitutes so that limited us.

‘Ritchie De Laet and Aaron Mokoena only passed fitness tests before the game. If they hadn’t made it we would only have had two substitutes, Darryl Flahavan and Nadir Ciftci.

‘We would have loved to have brought Kitson and Lawrence on, but they’re both injured. I don’t know if either of them will play again this season. Kanu has had to play the whole 90 minutes, which is a lot for him.’

I cannot make much comment on the game itself as I was not there and could not follow the coverage at all, although as said I think this represents a good point and I am happy with this and what ‘seems’ to have been another battling performance…

I will not lie though I will be glad when the next couple of weeks have been and gone so we can put to bed another season, the worry is what will the summer bring!?

Oh well, that is for another time anyway…

Now we refocus, regroup and look for one final Fratton push to end the home season on a positive note next week against another promotion chasing side Norwich.

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