Blues hope trip abroad can change fortunes

Steve Cotterill shouts out orders during last night's defeat to Burnley
Steve Cotterill shouts out orders during last night's defeat to Burnley
Injured Tareiq Holmes-Dennis is helped off the pitch against Rochdale on the opening day of the season

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Pompey today flew out for a training camp abroad as Steve Cotterill seeks to change their fortunes.

The Blues’ 2-1 defeat to Burnley last night made it eight matches without a win.

Cotterill’s men looked tired at times as they produced their worst home display of the season so far.

Now Pompey’s boss has taken them out of the country for warm-weather training in a bid to recharge their batteries.

Cotterill refused to reveal exactly where the Blues were going, but it will be the chance for a change of scenery after playing eight matches over the past 31 days.

And Cotterill will be making the most of a blank FA Cup weekend to give his wilting players a lift.

He said: ‘Last night’s result was a real sour way to go away but we are out of the country for a couple of days just to do a bit of warm-weather training.

‘It’s about taking them away from the training ground, trying to give them a lift, trying to make them a bit fresh.

‘Not that I felt one bit like going at this moment in time.

‘Maybe it will give them the opportunity to rest a bit and recharge their batteries.

‘We are still going to train, just train in a different climate, which maybe will give us a bit of a lift.’

Meanwhile, Cotterill admitted there are no new developments on any potential signings before the end of Monday’s transfer window.

He is hopeful, however, that the Blues’ trip away may keep others at Fratton Park.

He added: ‘I suppose the only bonus by going away is nobody will come and get anyone.’