Danny Webber has won his manager’s praise after his first Pompey start for more than 13 months.
The 29-year-old surprisingly lined up against Coventry City at Fratton Park last night.
Webber was named alongside David Nugent in attack, with skipper Dave Kitson dropped in behind to occupy a place in a diamond formation.
The last time ex-Sheffield United forward Webber was in a Pompey line-up was back on March 9, 2010, in a 2-1 defeat to Birmingham at Fratton Park.
Since then he has spent more than a year sidelined by an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Yet, after two recent substitute cameos, Webber was named in last night’s team who subsequently went on to lose 3-0.
But Steve Cotterill was happy with Webber’s showing and believes the goals can start to come as his sharpness returns.
He said: ‘I needed to have a look at Danny.
‘I needed to get him involved.
‘Maybe, maybe if we were playing and still in the play-offs – which probably I knew a couple of games ago we weren’t going to get – I wouldn’t have done that.
‘But I’m pleased for Danny and it would have been nice if he could have capped it with a goal.
‘We could have been a couple of goals up before Coventry even scored.
‘Kits rolled in Danny a couple of times.
‘Maybe when Danny has had a few games and got a bit sharper that may go in for him.
‘The way he has gone and smashed it over the bar in the first half, I’ve seen him place them in every day in training.
‘He normally puts them in but there you go.’