Shootout boost for Cotterill

25 August 2010 11:30
Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill believes his side received a much-needed confidence boost following their 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup. Richard Hughes fired home the decisive spot-kick with the scores locked at 1-1 after extra-time to send Pompey through to round three. Cotterill is now hoping his side can build on the victory following a disappointing start to the season which has seen them take just one point from their opening three league games. "We didn't give the fans a lot to cheer about in the first half," he admitted. "We looked like a team that has been ripped apart. "We never took a risk with any of our runs and that was because of a fear of failure. I told them they needed to forget that and I reminded them they were good players. "After 120 minutes, I said to the lads `we want to win now'. There was no point losing when we had done a game and a half."

Source: PA