Cotterill bemoans Pompey fortunes

Steve Cotterill puts out his arm to Luke Varney following the attacker's sending off
Steve Cotterill puts out his arm to Luke Varney following the attacker's sending off
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Another week, more Pompey heartache.

For Steve Cotterill, a trip to Hull was the setting for fortune’s heavy hand once again.

The Blues boss believes his side are being punished whichever way they turn at present.

Whether it be in the form of goals or red cards, in his eyes, the backlash continues.

The debatable dismissal of Luke Varney at the KC Stadium is one he disputes.

That marked a second successive red card for Pompey.

With 19 bookings this season, they already have the worst disciplinary record in the Championship.

Although with four sending offs, Leeds are beating them on that statistic.

Meanwhile, the 1-0 defeat at Hull proved to be a massive let down.

A week earlier they produced an excellent showing in a 4-3 loss at West Ham.

From such highs they plunged to such East Yorkshire depths.

The Blues really were that bad against Nigel Pearson’s men.

And Cotterill is adamant that is how things are going for his side at present.

He said: ‘We seem to be getting punished for every wrongdoing at the moment.

‘A mistake ends up in the back of our net.

‘A tackle ends up being a booking, a booking ends up being a sending off, that’s very harsh.

‘That is what’s happening to us at the moment.

‘I know how Kenny Dalglish must be feeling.

‘We have got to learn from that, though, because one thing for sure, we can’t have that keep happening with the size of our squad.

‘All this is happening and I don’t know whether it is the players still bedding in or whether there are players in the team who can’t quite do what I want with them at this moment in time.

‘It’s disappointing on the back of last week’s good performance at West Ham.

‘We didn’t even turn up in the first half (against Hull).

‘And I don’t think we worked their goalkeeper enough to get a result out of it.

‘Jamie (Ashdown) makes his saves but that is okay, that is what he’s there for.

‘We’ve had enough goalkeepers against us who have played well in the past.

‘But there weren’t enough good individual performances like we had the week before.

‘You are not always going to play like we did against West Ham.

‘We had only one change to the team and you can argue he (Liam Lawrence) hasn’t got back to his best.

‘Unfortunately we are trying to put everything together during the season.

‘And it makes it more difficult because the pressure is on because of results.’

Pompey had the upper hand in their previous trip to the KC Stadium.

In a match widely billed as potentially the last in the club’s history, they secured a 2-1 triumph.

Greg Halford and David Nugent were the scorers on that occasion.

Fortunately, the club lived to fight another day.

And a year on it was the hosts enjoying the occasion.

Cotterill added: ‘It’s funny because a year ago the roles were reversed.

‘Even though times were tough for us, we got a result and they were on a bit of a down turn.

‘In terms of the bigger picture, things are better from then, for sure.

‘The club has moved on a lot and I think people tend to forget those days from where we were.

‘But football is about today isn’t it. People want results, we all want results.

‘The club is obviously on a much-better footing – but at 5pm-plus on a Saturday when you get beat, it’s not a good feeling.’