Magpies Cup test is very different to league loss for Pompey
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Thursday 01 Nov 2012 21:23:00
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Michael Appleton says Pompey have improved since they lost to Notts County six weeks ago - as they prepare to face them again in the FA Cup.

The Pompey boss said the league campaign was more important than the cup but the Magpies' visit to Fratton for a first-round tie remained a game he wanted to win.

Pompey are likely to be without winger Ashley Harris, who has hurt his ankle in training, while loan players Mikkel Andersen, Carl Dickinson and Scott Allan won't feature.

Appleton told the club website: 'I won’t be taking my eye off the bigger picture. I’ve said all along that doing well in League One is our main aim. But it would be nice to go on a cup run. If we win on Saturday and then again in round two, who knows who we could draw.

'Last season we went to Stamford Bridge in the third round and I’m sure all the fans had a great day out. Pompey have enjoyed great success in the FA Cup over the last few years and I’m sure the fans have great memories. The competition must mean a lot to them and hopefully as many as possible will come to watch us at the weekend.'

Appleton said of County's win over Pompey earlier in the season: 'They won quite convincingly at Meadow Lane, but we’re a better team now and better prepared to give them a good game. Notts County are doing well in League One – it’s not as if we’re facing a non-league minnow. But hopefully we can give the fans an entertaining game and progress to the next stage.'

Allan won't face the Magpies but has told of his delight at returning to Fratton - and he hopes he could stay more than a month, a sentiment the club and Blues fans will echo.

Allan said: 'I jumped at the chance to come back when it came up. I get on really well with the gaffer and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club when I was last here. It was a no-brainer for me, I have no doubts about coming back. Hopefully I can extend the loan if things go well for me and the club.'

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