By Site reporter
Tuesday 22 Apr 2008 08:43:08
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Niko Kranjcar has insisted Pompey are not taking their foot off the gas in their remaining league cup games to protect themselves for the Cup final.

Some fans have questioned the side's desire after their weak defending at the City of Manchester Stadium, but Kranjcar says it is vital they chalk up some good results to keep confidence up ahead of the clash with Cardiff.

Kranjcar told 'We've had a great season and we still hope to continue. We will try to get as many points as we can between now and the end of the season and then we have a major game at the end of it all.

'We want to have good form going into that game, so we are looking to win every game between now and the FA Cup final.'

Pompey have three games left to salvage their hopes of finishing fifth, though they now need both Everton and Aston Villa to slip up while the Blues prosper.

Kranjcar said: 'We are focused on the Premier League at the moment – of course, you think about the FA Cup – but if we want to win that, we need to be on top form.

'If we lose more games between now and then, the confidence will not be as high as it should be.'

Meanwhile, David James says the team - not individuals - are to blame for the defeat at City. And he says he has patched up his differences with skipper Sol Campbell after their on-pitch row over City's first goal.

Pompey reserves are in action tonight (Tuesday) at West Leigh Park. Kick-off is 7pm.

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