The unlikely heroes who are the toast of Pompey
By Site reporter
Monday 07 Mar 2011 11:11:00
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Steve Cotterill has paid tribute to two of the unlikely heroes of Pompey’s recent winning run. He praised Hermann Heidarsson and Jamie Ashdown for their part in the win over Sheffield United and the victories that have preceded it.

Last summer, you would have been foolish to think either player had much part to play in this campaign. Ashdown was released by the club and had to prove himself to the Blues all over again – while Hreidarsson didn’t even know if he would play professionally again as he tried to recover from last March’s ruptured Achilles.


‘But now both are proving their worth, with Ashdown an ever-present and one of Pompey’s most conistent performers and Hreidarsson proving perhaps that Cotterill was right to bide his time before throwing him back into his action after he proved he was over his injury.

Cotterill told The News: ‘Hermann’s a real good lad. The only trouble with Hermann is he’s 36. I would have liked him at 26. He’s come back from a career-threatening injury and shown real character.

‘He’s tough and he’s definitely added something to our back four. He’s worked hard to recover from his injury and he’s a big character. He almost got a cracker when he charged half the length of the pitch, too. How does someone who is 36 beat all the 20 year olds into the box? What a goal that would have been.’

Cotterill was just as praiseworthy of Ashdown, who had a relatively quiet game against the Blades but has been a safe pair of hands each game of late.

He said: ‘Our success has been built on clean sheets. It’s pleasing for Jamie. He had a fairly quiet game, but I’m pleased with him and pleased for him. He’s done well since he got on that plane and went to America really. It’s strange how it all worked but I’m pleased it did work out.

‘It’s worked out well for all of us. We had that time to work out whether we could work with each other. All in all it’s been a happy marriage. He’s an unassuming character but we have given him credit, too. There are three or four players who could be player of the year – and he’s in that bracket.’

Both Hreidarsson and Ashdown will be in the line-up as Pompey play their sixth game in 18 days at Bristol City on Tuesday evening. We’ll have a full preview here on Monday night.

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