Pompey ‘too proud’ to give in to Canaries

111191-338_READING_POMPEY_SR_2/4/11'Action from Reading vs Pompey at the Madejski Stadium.'Steve Cotterill gives Pompey's fans the thumbs up.''Picture:Steve Reid 111191-338
111191-338_READING_POMPEY_SR_2/4/11'Action from Reading vs Pompey at the Madejski Stadium.'Steve Cotterill gives Pompey's fans the thumbs up.''Picture:Steve Reid 111191-338
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Steve Cotterill thanked Pompey fans for making the difference this season and vowed: We’ll show our pride.

The Blues sign off at Fratton Park tonight against promotion-chasing Norwich in front of the Sky cameras.

And Cotterill has promised his men will continue to show the fighting spirit that has carried them through another tumultuous season until the very death.

Pompey have shown their integrity by holding play-off chasing pair Burnley and Swansea to draws in their last two outings, despite having little to play for themselves.

Cotterill promised it would be the same against the Canaries as his men look to deliver in front of their own supporters.

He said: ‘We’re not looking to spoil their party but we are out to get the three points.

‘We had a good game up there against them.

‘Fortunately enough we got the three points that day.

‘They’ve gone on and done well since, though.

‘They are quite strong and they’ve had a decent squad to work with.

‘The pressure could be on them. I would let determination take over any nerves, though.

‘It doesn’t bother me too much about what’s happening with them now anyway. It’s about what we do.

‘The one good thing about football in our country is no one gives you anything.

‘There’s definitely no skulduggery here. We’re all too proud and don’t want to be beaten. It will be the same for us against Norwich, I’m afraid.’

There will be a feel-good factor going into the game this evening as Pompey followers turn out to enjoy the fans’ day before the match.

The Fratton faithful have again shown their mettle through another gruelling period for the club.

Pompey’s players will give thanks to them after the game in a ‘lap of appreciation’.

Cotterill spoke of gratitude for the passion and loyalty they have shown.

He has no doubt it made a huge difference in helping the players secure mid-table comfort in the most testing conditions.

Cotterill said: ‘Have the fans surprised me? I always knew they were good but I’ve still been pleasantly surprised with how they have been.

‘We would have struggled without them.

‘You go a goal down and they start singing all of a sudden.

‘Not that they weren’t singing beforehand!

‘If the away fans start getting a bit boisterous they soon get sung down. They’ve been terrific.

‘We’ll get the chance to thank them on Monday night, and it will be a proper lap of appreciation.

‘They’ve been first class for us.’