Cotts isn’t happy to see the back of the stattos

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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It’s been a couple of weeks for the Pompey stattos to relish.

The Blues have been chalking up and going close to a string of club records off the back of six victories – and clean sheets – on the bounce.

With those runs comes pressure, however.

So is Steve Cotterill sorry to see the back of the questions about winning streaks and minutes without conceding goals? Not a chance.

Cotterill relished all the talk of new marks being set as Pompey charged up the table.

‘I was proud of the performance the other night but I’m pleased of the run rather than proud of it,’ he said.

‘It wasn’t a relief to end, though. I would rather have kept a clean sheet the other night and gone into tomorrow.

‘I would have been double greedy on that one. So was it a relief to end? No! No! No!’

Joel Ward’s progress and recent form has been one of the talking points of the week in the build-up to Boro.

Cotterill explained Ward’s display at Ashton Gate on Tuesday meant he resisted the temptation to throw on Kanu until the death.

Cotterill said: ‘I wouldn’t have said we needed to bring Kanu on earlier.

‘If we hadn’t had Joel Ward on the pitch for nearly 90 minutes, we might not have got to that stage to bring Kanu on.

‘In fact, if Joel hadn’t felt his calf a little bit he would have stayed on.

‘King comes on and produces little cameos like he did the other night, no problem.’