Late stunner suits boss

Steve Cotterill in his suit. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113404-9)
Steve Cotterill in his suit. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113404-9)
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Pompey’s dramatic late win against Blackpool suited Steve Cotterill down to the ground.

And the Blues boss has promised the jacket and trousers will remain in favour as his team look to kick-start their 2011-12 campaign.

Cotterill ditched his usual tracksuited touchline attire in favour of a more formal approach in Saturday’s 1-0 success.

That had echoes of when Cotterill switched from suit to tracksuit a year previously against Leicester.

And that match saw Pompey romp to a 6-1 success and the tracksuit remained from that day forward.

Cotterill heaped praise on his players for the unity they have shown through an indifferent start to the season.

And he has told them he’ll keep the suit in place all the time they are winning.

Cotterill said: ‘I decided to wear a suit on Saturday.

‘Sometimes it calms me down a bit.

‘I thought it was right to try to be calm for this game.

‘But maybe I thought it might change our luck as well!

‘I went from a suit to a tracksuit a year ago, now I’ve gone from a tracksuit to a suit.

‘The lads have said to me I’ve got to keep it on now.

‘I told them if they keep winning I’ll keep it on.

‘I’m really pleased for the boys that they got the win.

‘I’ve never had a moment’s bother with these lads.

‘I treat them all the same and I do my job to the best of my ability.

‘Sometimes it doesn’t come off. It isn’t for the want of trying, though.

‘We’re moving forward now and the wage bill is a fraction of what it was.

‘It’s been hard to stop it sliding and then get it back up again.

‘It’s going to take time. We won’t rehabilitate overnight but we’ll get there.’

Erik Huseklepp’s super last-ditch winner gave Cotterill’s men the win they have desperately been searching for.

His volley provided the game with the moment of quality it needed deep into stoppage-time.

Cotterill heaped praise on the 27-year-old Norwegian and his talent after his first Pompey strike.

But he underlined the need for all Pompey fans to show patience with the Scandinavian forward.

Cotterill said: ‘What a goal it was.

‘Two goalkeepers wouldn’t have saved it.

‘It was going to take something special like that to win the game.

‘We’re hoping he will get better as the season goes on.

‘This Norwegian boy has gone from Norway to Italy to here.

‘The football is a lot different in Italy to England.

‘It’s going to take him time but we’re hopeful he’ll get better as he goes.

‘He’s a great kid and what will happen is he’ll get the headlines now.

‘Rightly so, too, because he’s a good player and a lovely kid.

‘He is fresh faced but plays for his country and is a full-blown international.

‘I think he’ll get better. I don’t want to say he can go all the way but he is a good player who needs time to settle.

‘We’re pleased with him and for him but we need to give him time.’