Expect Cotterill to show steel after Forest defeat

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The loss and manner of defeat at Forest left me as low as I've been so far this campaign.

I think you have to have every sympathy for Steve Cotterill and the position he finds himself in at the moment.

When Steve went over to the crowd after the final whistle at the City Ground, the same thoughts were going through my mind that were in the heads of many Pompey fans.

But Steve is no quitter and, as he said himself after the game, he's a tough so and so.

He's got thick skin, is single minded and is determined to tough it out. There's no doubt in my mind about that.

Steve is a glass-half-full kind of man and he has to offer positivity to his dressing room. That's what he'll be doing now.

I don't think we need to worry about him leaving. I think he'll be staying around and cajoling every ounce he can get out of his men.

But we are now 18 days into the window and we've seen just a single loan signing arrive.

I know we made a statement at the start of the season that we are going for quality not quantity.

With the options we have at the moment now, things are starting to get a bit silly.

I don't know why we have to wait until January 31 to get signings in when we need them now.

It was clear that we just ran out of steam at Forest.

The difference between the two teams was Forest could make the changes to get their team back into it.

The fresh legs we could call on weren't up to the task, unfortunately.

The lads were outstanding on Saturday. All of them.

I drove to the game and I was fearful of what I'd see after what happened against Brighton and Watford.

But then the manager was able to inspire the players and make them deliver a perfect away performance for 87 minutes.

At the end of the day, it has been the situation at the club that has undone them.

I know there are more factors than just that, but it's the lack of bodies that has had the biggest impact on the result.

I certainly have a lot of sympathy for David Lampitt. He seems to be the fall guy at the moment.

Steve wants to go to him and get answers, but maybe David can't give them to him.

When the new owners arrived, it was billed as a new beginning, but it doesn't feel like that at the moment.

Of course, there has been progress – the club's employees are being paid on time now, so that's an improvement in terms of stability.

You have to feel for Steve for where he finds himself at present, though.

But expect him to show his character now and tough it out.