Cotterill believes Pompey can go all the way to Wembley

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STEVE COTTERILL has tipped Pompey as dark horses to win the Carling Cup.

The Burnley boss believes Harry Redknapp's men are in with a good chance of winning the competition after beating his team at Turf Moor last night.

That puts them through to the last 16 and three wins away from a trip to Wembley for the final.

Cotterill warned all the time the Premier League big guns were in the competition, Pompey would never be favourites to lift the trophy.

But he acknowledged they were a powerful force capable of beating anyone.

Cotterill said: 'I think whether Portsmouth can win the competition or not depends on their draw for the next round. That will decide if they are in with a shout.

'The team Harry puts out could be stronger depending on what fixtures they have in and around the game.

'They were always going to change their team for us after playing Blackburn on Sunday.

'It would be great if they can win it. That would be nice so we can say we lost to the winners.

'But the big four are in it and it's a problem all the time they are there.

'If you catch Portsmouth on the wrong day, though anything can happen, especially at Fratton Park.

'We are just glad that we acquitted ourselves well against them.'

Cotterill was pleased with the performance of his Championship side against the Blues.

But he was also in awe of the quality at the disposal of his pal Redknapp.

Pompey made 10 changes from the team who beat Blackburn, but still rarely looked troubled.

Cotterill believes Redknapp made one of the signings of the summer in luring Sylvain Distin to the club on a free transfer.

He also explained the fact his team didn't upset the Premier League side was good for their friendship.

Cotterill said: 'Credit to Portsmouth. They've been away for a few days and have changed their team around.

'They have some excellent players.

'I thought their two centre-halves were the two best players on the pitch – and that says something.

'I saw Sylvain Distin at Blackburn and again close up here. What a signing that is – that has to be one of the signings of the summer on a free transfer.

'But that's not a shock when Harry Redknapp is your manager.

'It's okay between me and Harry still. We can stay mates after this result.

'I don't what he thought about my team and tactics. He was too busy stuffing Lancashire chips in his face!'