Cotterill: Late win can be turning point

Matty Kennedy. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Steve Cotterill believes the last-gasp win over Blackpool can be the turning point of Pompey’s season.

Erik Huseklepp’s dramatic late, late strike gave his team a 1-0 win over the Tangerines on Saturday.

The Norwegian’s first goal in a blue shirt sparked wild celebrations at Fratton Park.

The win came a year to the day from Pompey’s 6-1 demolition of Leicester.

That result ended a seven-game winless run in the league last season and sparked a return of 19 points from a possible 21.

Cotterill is hopeful his team’s first win in five can deliver a similar run this time around.

He said: ‘It’s funny that the game was a year to the day from the Leicester win.

‘That game got us on a run back then and hopefully this can do the same now.

‘We are looking at the games coming up with enthusiasm. We want a result from every one.

‘This result has given the supporters and players a huge boost. I’m pleased for them all.’

Cotterill is now hoping strides can be made in quick time to bring in an emergency loan addition.

Aaron Mokoena limped off 14 minutes into the second-half of Saturday’s success.

Pompey are already missing Dave Kitson through injury, while Luke Varney is suspended.

Cotterill feels the need to add an extra body is now becoming significant.

He said: ‘We’ll just wait and see now with the loan.

‘We made a couple of calls over the weekend and have to see where we go with that.

‘With the injuries building up we could do with him.

‘I was hoping to get to the international break without delving but we are getting lighter and lighter.’