Cotterill calls on Fratton faithful

The Fratton faithful have been backed to be at their vocal best by Steve Cotterill
The Fratton faithful have been backed to be at their vocal best by Steve Cotterill
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Pompey fans have been backed to play their part once again in a crucial period coming up for the club.

The Fratton faithful stuck with the side as they snatched a last-minute equaliser in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Derby County.

Boss Steve Cotterill was quick to acknowledge the home supporters’ part in the result.

And with a crucial run of games coming up, he knows the fans can play a vital role.

Ahead of today’s trip to Doncaster Rovers, all of Pompey’s next eight matches are against sides in the bottom half of the Championship table.

Five of those games are at Fratton Park.

And while Pompey’s winless home run stretches back to October of last year, Cotterill believes the Blues supporters will be a key factor in his attempts to steer the club away from relegation danger.

He said: ‘We’ve got arguably the best set of fans in the Championship.

‘How many fans would hang around and support the team like our fans have done?

‘They have been different class.

‘They were different class before I came here and that’s continued. They have been great.’

Cotterill knows Pompey have been through a sticky patch but is well aware that a cauldron of noise can create a hostile atmosphere for rival clubs.

He said: ‘We need the Fratton faithful to suck a goal or two in for us at the moment.

‘We need a goal to go in off someone’s knee, get in front and give us a bit of confidence and get the crowd up and fully behind us.

‘That’s what we need.’