Tactics headache for Cotterill

05 February 2011 08:30
Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill admits it is hard to play the way he wants to play as he continues to be restricted by the financial problems at the club.

Cotterill was speaking after seeing his side rescue a dramatic late point at home to Derby as David Nugent cancelled out Steve Davies' first-half volley.

He said: "We do need to be stronger here (at Fratton Park). It's very difficult. We were at home and potentially we wanted to start at 4-4-2.

"We wanted to do that but we are a player missing. If we still had John Utaka (who was the latest player to exit when he joined Montpellier earlier in the week) we would have gone 4-4-2 from the kick-off. But we need someone to balance off that left-hand side for us. It has been a headache."

Portsmouth started with an on-loan backline, and Cotterill added: "When I went into the stand (to watch the second half) someone said `You need to get a back four, Steve`. Well that's great, but it would probably cost us about £3million if we wanted to get some good ones.

"Does anybody not think I want that? You give me the money and I'll spend it - 100%. But I'm working with what I have, and quite often we've had four loan players at the back. How ideal is that?"

Source: PA