Cotterill takes fans’ banter in his stride

5/11/2011 (SPORT) POMPEY V NOTTINGHAM FOREST''Action from the match at Fratton Park between Portsmouth FC v Nottingham Forest.''Pictured is: Steve Cotterill during the match.''Picture: Steve Reid (113932-9654)
5/11/2011 (SPORT) POMPEY V NOTTINGHAM FOREST''Action from the match at Fratton Park between Portsmouth FC v Nottingham Forest.''Pictured is: Steve Cotterill during the match.''Picture: Steve Reid (113932-9654)
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Steve Cotterill insisted he was happy to take the light-hearted abuse from Pompey fans after watching his new team crash to defeat at his old stomping ground.

The former Pompey boss was the subject of some amusing chants from the crowd upon his return to Fratton Park, just three weeks after he quit to take charge of Nottingham Forest.

But Cotterill accepted it all in the way it was intended and had no issue with his welcome back after overseeing one of the most difficult periods in the club’s history before his switch to the midlands.

Cotterill said: ‘I was looking forward to coming back here.

‘I didn’t wake up thinking “Oh God, here we go”.

‘I’ve got a lot of friends here and even the fans who wanted a bit of banter about me getting a taxi or getting sacked in the morning, that was genuine banter for me.

‘I’ve been here before when managers or players have really got given it from the crowd and I didn’t feel it was like that.

‘I have no problem with it. I thought they were very nice and very welcoming, really.

‘They wanted a wave in the first half and then they wanted their moment in the second half.

‘I have no problem with that at all. There was no abuse.’

Cotterill did, however, admit he found the scoreline harder to take as he believed his Forest side had dominated the game.

‘The only problem was with the scoreline. We deserved to win the game and lost 3-0.

‘Stephen Henderson was superb and made three fantastic saves that have kept Portsmouth in the game.

‘We’ve been dominant but that’s the way it is.

‘We played very well and ended up being on the back end of a scoreline that’s very difficult to take.

‘That’s unfortunately what happens in football sometimes and it was a tough day for us because I thought we were the better team.’

Joint-caretaker Blues boss Guy Whittingham revealed his former manager had been humble in defeat at the end of the game.

Whittingham said: ‘He just said “well done”. He’s an honourable man.

‘He got a bit of banter from the crowd but he smiled at it.

‘I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He’s got great morals – not only in football but also in life.

‘He will be hurting, of course, but that’s football.

‘We had to look after ourselves – of course we did – we had to go and get the win.’

– STEVE WILSON