Ex-Cherries striker, and current Pompey manager, Steve Cotterill, states that the Cherries season has already been a massive success. Even though recent weeks have been difficult for AFC Bournemouth, the Pompey manager, Steve Cotterill, is quoted in the Bournemouth Evening Echo as saying: "Since Bradders and Fletch have gone in, they have done an unbelievable job. Whatever happens, this season should be looked upon as a great success. It has been tremendous for them to be challenging for promotion for a second year running. They have had some very awkward games recently and have come up against teams battling to stay in the division. This game has an awful habit of kicking you in the teeth. They have had some important players missing. It is a real credit to the management that they have taken it this far. They are young guys who will prove themselves to be good in the job. They are also top guys, they know the game and will have the full respect of the dressing room. When you get lows, you have to retain your belief. They have to look at how far they have come and how far they can go. Portsmouth are my main focus but it would be fantastic to see Bournemouth win promotion and for Notts County to stay up. The team I had there last season would have comfortably got them to mid-table".