Cotterill: We’re not safe yet

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
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Steve Cotterill has refused to admit Pompey are safe from relegation, despite a fifth-successive triumph.

The Blues pulled off a 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe last night as Aaron Mokoena added to Dave Kitson’s second-half opener.

It leaves them in 12th spot on 47 points – 16 points clear off the drop zone with 12 matches to play.

Yet Cotterill is in no mood to shout survival from the rooftops.

He is convinced his men need one more point before they can start to think about safety.

Regardless, the Fratton faithful sang ‘We are staying up’ on several occasions during last night’s match.

Next up is the visit of Sheffield United, currently second from bottom of the league.

But Cotterill doesn’t believe his side have already ensured they no longer have relegation to fear.

He said: ‘We are on 47 points now but I don’t know whether that would actually do it.

‘I think it is more likely to be 48 points this year, I don’t think it will be 50 or 52.

‘We’re not too far off the play-offs either.

‘You have to set your goals, set your targets and if we fail then we end up being in the top half of the table this year.

‘What a good season that would have been for Portsmouth Football Club considering everything that has gone.

‘I am sure there are a lot of teams equally as big as us that, at the moment, would give their right arm to be where we are.

‘That’s all credit to the lads really.

‘They have kept their heads down, carried on working and hopefully are now getting their rewards.’