Pompey boss shrugs off exit talk

Lee Bowyer.

Charlton's injury concerns ahead of Pompey trip

Pompey's boss shrugged off the significance of his tribute to visiting supporters following the brave defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Steve Cotterill made a point of generously applauding the Blues faithful after Saturday's 2-1 loss.

It sparked fears among some fans it was a farewell gesture from a manager clearly growing weary with life at Fratton Park.

These are frustrating times for management, players and fans alike as Pompey struggle to strengthen during the transfer window in the face of a threadbare squad.

Cotterill's mood understandably darkened on Saturday after conceding two last-gasp goals to tumble to a harsh City Ground defeat.

But he revealed his decision to approach almost 1,200 travelling fans at the final whistle was nothing more than a 'thank you' for making the journey up the M1.

He said: 'The fans were great. They saw the lads had given everything.

'I decided to go right over and applaud them, I don't do it every game.

'I don't go and milk things, I just wanted to say "thank you" to them.

'I think I have a good relationship with them and knew there were people in the stands who were absolute Portsmouth die-hards that would be sick to the pit of their stomach as I was.

'We came to a Forest team 31 games unbeaten and were three minutes off winning the game.

'We were going to win the game 1-0, that's how it looked.

'We scored the best goal of the game.

'Imagine what we would be like if we did have a squad?

'You can't go to the fans every game but I just thought I would on Saturday.'