Tired legs, buts Cotts wants another push

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
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Steve Cotterill has called on one last push ahead of the international break.

Pompey go to Bristol City tonight fighting to equal their record of seven league victories on the bounce.

It’s the start of a three-game period before the Blues can catch their breath with a free weekend.

Cotterill admitted there are tired limbs in his squad as they go through a frenetic period.

He said: ‘I think, for sure, we will need the break.

‘The amount of games has been unbelievable.

‘For the same players to keep churning these games out is a credit to them.

‘We have a couple of niggles we can’t get cleared up, so yes we do need the international break. It will be a welcome break.

‘We’ve got to battle on with what we’ve got.

‘We’ve gone Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday – and Sheffield United didn’t have to do that last week.

‘It does help you when you’ve got a clear week.

‘They were fresher than we were on Saturday, although we could have been 3-0 up in five minutes.

‘We came out of the traps fantastically well.

‘But they were fresher than us and that happens.’

Confidence is high going to Ashton Gate, with the wins coming along with a record-equalling run of post-war league clean sheets.

Cotterill said: ‘The players are confident, winning games and keeping clean sheets. You have to try to encourage more of it because there are so few of them, you don’t want anyone to have any wobbles.’