Cotterill praise for Huseklepp
Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill praised match-winner Erik Huseklepp after his team's injury-time 1-0 win over Blackpool.
Last Updated: 24/09/11 7:16pm
Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill praised match-winner Erik Huseklepp after his team's injury-time 1-0 win over Blackpool at Fratton Park.
Norway international Huseklepp ended the deadlock with a spectacular volley in the 94th minute after Blackpool had made all the running.
Blackpool enjoyed most of the possession but had little to show for it and winger Matt Phillips twice wasted clear chances in the first half when clear through with only goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown to beat.
Ian Holloway's side were made to pay when Huseklepp, signed from Italian club Bari in August, took advantage of a rare defensive error by Ian Evatt to get his first goal in English football.
Cotterill, whose side had managed only one win all season, said: "Everybody will be delighted for him because it was a fantastic goal at such a crucial time.
"No one saves shots like that one. They could have had a row of goalkeeper on the line and it would have made no difference.
"It is difficult for foreign players to come in because expectations are always so big and we have thrown him in at the deep end quicker than we would have liked.
"Hopefully he will now enjoy his weekend and I think in time he will be a big asset to this football club.
"I saw him playing for Norway against the Republic of Ireland and I made a note to follow his career. Good wingers are hard to find.
"We would have liked to have let him settle in a little bit but we do not have the time to do that so he has deserved his goal and we can all celebrate."
Blackpool's Holloway was irate with referee Darren Deadman who booked eight players although there were few hectic moments for him to negotiate.
Holloway said: "I am not blaming the referee for our defeat. I just did not like his performance.
"Tom Ince got a yellow card for diving when he should have awarded us a penalty. I have never seen anything like that, it was a terrible, terrible decision.
"It was a shame to lose in such a way right at the death. We dominated the ball and possession in a way you do not expect of a team playing away from home.
"Last year when we were in the Premier League we let in a lot of late goals so maybe this is a hangover.
"But if anyone was going to win I thought it was going to be us.
"It's a bitter one to take. That's football. I don't mind losing so late and in such a way if the other team had deserved it but that was not the case here in my opinion."