Cotts senses Pompey hunger ahead of Blackpool

Liam Lawrence looked good in training yesterday, according to Steve Cotterill
Liam Lawrence looked good in training yesterday, according to Steve Cotterill
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Steve Cotterill cast his eye over his troops as they geared up for Blackpool and promised: The hunger is there.

Cotterill has sensed a steely determination in his men to put right their weak display at Hull last Saturday, as they get set for their battle with Ian Holloway’s men.

And the Pompey boss believes captain Liam Lawrence has epitomised that desire to get the team’s season back on track against the Tangerines tomorrow.

The Blues undertook a three-hour inquest into the poor performance at the KC Stadium this week.

They are now determined to show their resolve and eagerness to right that wrong when they take on Blackpool at Fratton Park tomorrow.

Cotterill said: ‘The disappointment when we don’t play well is huge. It makes or breaks your whole weekend and week.

‘We searched all week for how we went from a good performance at West Ham to that last week.

‘We spent three hours looking at videos on Monday and went through it all.

‘As quick as it went down to that, it can just as quickly go back again. That’s what we will be focusing on. We were disappointed with last week.

‘Without playing really well for 90 minutes, we haven’t been out of games, though.

‘People will not want to hear it but it will take a bit of time for them to get to know each other. We have a lot of new partnerships. It’s a fact.

‘I couldn’t tell you where last week came from. I’ve been to the depths of it.

‘We’ve worked on it, though, and we got the game out of our system on Monday.

‘We have great fans, we really do. We want to do well for them.

‘We work hard here. They are a good, honest set of lads.

‘Training has been competitive this week. They know they let themselves down, me down and the fans down.

‘They are a top set of lads. They aren’t perfect but the good thing is there is always another game to put things right.

‘I think we have an honest set of lads and they will be trying desperately to hard to put it right.

‘There are no fly-by-nights or big-time Charlies. They are down-to-earth good, solid lads. They know last week wasn’t too good but we have this weekend to look forward to.

‘They will be out there to put things right.’

Pompey will be missing Luke Varney for tomorrow’s meeting as he starts his three-game ban for his red card last weekend.

He will be joined on the sidelines by Dave Kitson, who has torn a muscle in his side.

Captain Lawrence will return to the fray, however, after serving his one-game ban for his dismissal against West Ham.

Lawrence has been hit illness this week, which has affected him for a couple of days.

That has done little to take the edge off his preparations for the game, though.

Cotterill said: ‘Liam has trained very well. He’s looked more like his old self.

‘Yesterday was the best he’s been in training this season.

‘It’s strange, really, because he’s been sick for two days.

‘He wants to do well. Let’s see how he goes now.’