Striker magic still key to Pompey's campaign

A dejected Christian Burgess after Rotherham's late winner against Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Steve Cotterill is banking on Kanu's magical but ageing legs to kick-start Pompey's season.

The Blues boss has paid tribute to the Nigerian's never-ending quality after he hit the goal trail at Nottingham Forest last week.

Kanu's strike at the City Ground typified his mercurial quality, as he coolly waited for his moment before putting the ball into the net.

That was his first goal since March last year against Hull.

Cotterill lauded Kanu's evergreen class as he continues to perform into the twilight of his career.

The Pompey manager feels he has to strain every last drop out of the former Arsenal man, with his squad obviously overstretched.

Kanu has started the past four games ahead of today's meeting with Leeds.

And Cotterill knows he will need to continue calling on the striker who netted Pompey's winner in the 2008 FA Cup final.

Cotterill said: 'He has played a lot of games lately and will have to play a few more because of our situation.

'I wish I had Kanu 10 years ago because he is a genius.

'He is not as young as he was but you always know when he plays he is going to do something special.

'You just look for those special moments.

'He probably can't do it as often as he did but he's a great man and there are not too many players in the world like him.

'For a guy who has achieved so much in the game to be so humble is just a fantastic trait to have and he has got that.

'We always have a little chat about things. He understands the game.

'He is calmness personified.

'It was fantastic him getting his goal last week and who knows, maybe he can come up with another?'