Manager’s delight at his record-chasers

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Matty Kennedy. Picture: Joe Pepler

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POMPEY BOSS Steve Cotterill shrugged off the talk of Pompey’s record-breaking attempts as and insisted: It won’t distract us.

The Blues equalled the record of six consecutive league clean sheets in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United and will bid to extend that mark in tonight’s showdown at Ashton Gate.

But while Pompey could also match another club record with a seventh straight win – to match the exploits of Harry Redknapp’s 2002-03 promotion-winning side – Cotterill does not believe it is unwanted pressure for his players.

He said: ‘We love it people are talking about clean sheets.

‘We want people to carry on talking about it. It means we are doing well. It’s nice to be talking about that.’

When asked about equalling the club record of consecutive victories, Cotterill admitted he had been unaware of the possibility.

He said: ‘Would it? That’s interesting. We will have to try to do well then. It would be nice if we can do that.

‘It’s not a do-or-die game but you have to be careful sometimes not to build a game up into something it’s not.

‘It would be nice to keep the run going and nice to get some more points on the board but it will be no more than that.

‘If we were to win, we get another three points as opposed to breaking records.’

Cotterill also remains coy on what Pompey can yet hope to achieve for the remainder of the season – just as he was three games ago when he asked to defer judgement.

He smiled: ‘If you ask me in three games’ time, I will let you know!

‘At the time, I thought I would have known whether we were looking up or looking down.

‘The honest answer now is that everybody connected with the football club is looking more up than down.

‘We don’t have that fear of relegation hanging over us.

‘One thing for sure it would take a catastrophe for us to be relegated.

‘It’s an achievement, I suppose – although I don’t know about whether it’s a cause for celebration.’