Boss welcomes a slice of home fortune

Kanu celebrates his goal against Barnsley with David Nugent
Kanu celebrates his goal against Barnsley with David Nugent
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Steve Cotterill feels Pompey’s change of Fratton fortune is down to nothing more than finally getting their long overdue rub of the green.

The Blues boss saw his side grab their first home success since the end of October thanks to Saturday’s gritty 1-0 win over Barnsley.

While it was a seven-match winless streak on home turf, Cotterill’s men now have the chance to make it two wins in four days with tonight’s home showdown with Crystal Palace.

It was by no means Pompey’s most fluent display of the season against the Tykes but Cotterill felt that a slice of luck had simply been the difference in recording a victory.

He said: ‘Maybe it was just a bit of luck. There was not a lot I felt wrong with the performances in general in those games where we didn’t get a win.

‘Like I’ve said numerous times, we were unlucky in quite a few of the games – certainly the home games, anyway.

‘The Millwall and the Hull City games spring to mind and certainly, probably, the second half against Derby. I don’t think it was anything other than a bit of luck.’

After 10 matches without a win before their 2-0 win at Doncaster on February 12, Pompey have now gone three without defeat after chalking up seven points from nine.

And while Cotterill would prefer to win in style, few would complain at the manner of the victory over Barnsley.

Cotterill said: ‘Looking at it, I thought about it when I was driving home, and it wasn’t a particularly good game. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it myself.

‘But would I rather have driven home pleased with the performance with no points in the bag or with three points after not playing so well?

‘It’s a difficult one for us, really, because I always like us to play well and the performances normally guarantee three points.

He added: ‘We’ve been great entertainers. It could have been 5-4 or 3-2 or something like that.

‘But there would be a lot of games in the Championship that would have been like that on Saturday.

‘I have seen QPR play a lot of times where they go on and win 1-0 and that’s almost a mirror image of what our game was on Saturday.’