Friends reunited as Cotts meets Crazy Gang pal

Barnet boss Lawrie Sanchez
Barnet boss Lawrie Sanchez
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Steve Cotterill is looking forward to his Crazy Gang reunion tonight.

Cotterill will go up against pal Lawrie Sanchez as he arrives with his Barnet side at Fratton Park.

The pair were team-mates at Wimbledon during the club’s riotous heyday.

Cotterill later succeeded Sanchez as manager of Irish side Sligo Rovers on his recommendation.

And he can’t wait to lock horns with the man who scored the 1988 FA Cup winner once again.

Cotterill said: ‘We were together at Wimbledon and Lawrie lived down the road from me. We travelled in to work together for five years.

‘He’s a good guy and I’m glad he’s back in at Barnet.

‘I’m pleased to see him back in because he had a period of time out.

‘I’ll be looking forward to seeing him again.

‘We don’t speak like we used to years ago, but we’ve obviously kept in touch.’

Cotterill had warned his team to guard against complacency against Sanchez’s side.

The League Two team come to town looking to spring a surprise after preserving their place in the Football League on the final day last season.

Cotterill told his men they have to match the enthusiasm shown by the Bees, as they look for Pompey’s scalp.

He said: ‘These games are always tougher than people anticipate. It’s a one-off game we’re talking about here.

‘It’s a different game to Middlesbrough. It’s all about attitude and nothing else.

‘Our players have obviously played at a higher level, but that means nothing on the night.

‘We’ll know they’ll be dangerous but we’ll be looking at our fitness levels.

‘We know we have to play with the same amount of enthusiasm as they have.’