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Cotterill glad Portsmouth's nightmare pre-season over

Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill is looking forward to returning home following the nightmare tour of North America and Canada. Pompey's threadbare squad were hammered 4-0 by DC United in their final game, losing keeper Jamie Ashdown to injury and midfielder Hayden Mullins to a red card.

Prior to the match a cancelled flight left them with a 27-hour journey and Pompey's kit also went missing en route.

"It took us 27 hours to get from Edmonton to Washington. We could have flown from England to Australia in that time," shrugged Cotterill.

"We were okay for 20 minutes against DC United but after that we were shot. The next 70 minutes were very painful and hard for the players. The one thing is that it's shown the position we're in. It's painful. We've got some good honest senior lads here and some youngsters who are trying their hardest.

"The kids have got to be at full tilt to be anywhere near the team and we're going to be playing in a man's league in a couple of weeks' time."

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