Boss eyeing Ashton Gate revenge for Pompey

Jamie Ashdown concedes for a second time when Pompey travelled to Ashton Gate in the Championship last season
Jamie Ashdown concedes for a second time when Pompey travelled to Ashton Gate in the Championship last season
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Pompey return to the scene of one of last season’s greatest injustices.

And Steve Cotterill is eyeing revenge.

The Blues travel to Ashton Gate tomorrow seeking to build on a breakthrough win over Reading.

The home of Bristol City was the setting for a 2-1 defeat back in March.

That ended six successive victories for Cotterill’s men.

It also brought to a close 636 minutes without conceding – a post-war league record for Pompey.

As far as Cotterill is concerned, that was a match his side should have won.

For all their excellent approach play, they were undone by two pieces of counter-attacking football.

And this time around Cotterill wants vengeance.

He said: ‘We played very well down there last year.

‘Unfortunately, we didn’t get the right result that our performance warranted.

‘But one thing’s for sure, if I could go down there and get the same performance out of the players that we had last year I would be delighted with that.

‘It was a fantastic pitch that night and some of the football we played was excellent.

‘We were just very, very unfortunate not to get the points our performance warranted.

‘Albert Adomah caught us on the counter attack, which is something we have got to be very careful of again tomorrow.

‘Before the Reading game, we spoke about how for the next two teams we were playing – Reading and Bristol City – we have got to make sure there is a lot of concentration when we’ve got the ball.

‘That is when they are maybe at their most dangerous.

‘We have got to make sure we don’t get counter attacked.’

Nicky Maynard represents the Robins’ greatest threat.

The striker scored twice in the midweek victory over Leicester.

Ironically, the Foxes have also had three bids for the ex-Crewe man turned down.

Cotterill added: ‘Maynard is going to be a threat because of the goals he scores and the players will be fully aware of what he does and doesn’t do.

‘He’s not the only player in the team, though, they have other threats.’