It's another 'pre-season' for improving Pompey
By Site reporter
Tuesday 05 Oct 2010 22:58:00
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Pompey are getting stuck into their third pre-season since Steve Cotterill took over – and the boss hopes it will help them carry on climbing the Championship table after the international break.

Cotterill revealed he concentrated on sharpening up his players’ fitness levels during the last two-week break. It paid off with improved performances and, eventually, better results – and now he is putting them through the same again.


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Cotterill said: 'Since that last international break we have been a lot better, home and away. We hadn't been fit. If you can't run in this game it makes a coward of you but we can run now and are a lot better.

'During that last break, we hit them with a mini pre-season, which they will have again this week to top them up and get them right up there. Basically, I run the socks off them.

'Last time we worked them hard, they played football hard and now is an opportunity to get them working at that again. They know, they are expecting it. I gave them Sunday and yesterday off.

'Then today (Tuesday), tomorrow and Thursday we will hit them. Then they might get a long weekend, which will be the last one they get off for a while. There will be high-intensity football, we do a lot of that. There's fitness work as well.

'It's not just run, run, run, we always use a ball, but there will be a lot of running within it, a lot of distance running. They are good lads. They can do it, they are physically strong, they are getting mentally stronger. I am pleased with them and I am pleased for them.’

Pompey have a few players away on international duty, including Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Lawrence.

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