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Is The Pressure On Pompey Ahead Of Coventry\'s Visit?

Pompey face a little bit of early season pressure when they host Coventry at Fratton Park on Tuesday night off the back of two defeats in their opening three League One matches.Defeats at Shrewsbury and Sunderland, either side of a home win over Tranmere, have left the Blues in the bottom half of the table with some fans wondering if Kenny Jackett has found his best XI yet.Changes, at least one or two, seem likely after the loss at Sunderland and boss Kenny Jackett knows improvements are ....


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Sloppy Defending Costs Pompey Dear At Sunderland And Jackett Is Not Happy

Conceding an equaliser from a corner was the key moment that turned Pompey\'s game at Sunderland against them after a bright start.That was the verdict of a frustrated Kenny Jackett as he surveyed a 2-1 defeat that has left the Blues with three points from three games and in the bottom half of the table.Marcus Harness fired in the opening goal after he and John Marquis combined to put the Sunderland defence under pressure on 22 minutes.But it was all square five minutes and in simple fashion ....


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Close Call Seems Likely Again For Pompey At Sunderland

Man of the moment Ben Close has been praised by Kenny Jackett for the hard work and the performances that have made him difficult to drop.Goals in the opening two home games of the season - against Birmingham in the Cup and Tranmere in the league - have put Close in the headlines after he was left out of the opening game at Shrewsbury.He\'s likely to retain his place for the first meeting of the season with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light at lunchtime on Saturday, which comes just three ....


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Why Pompey Is A \'good Fit\' For New Striker

John Marquis feels his move to Pompey could see him settle down.The striker has spoken of his hopes of staying at Fratton long-term following his switch from Doncaster.The 27-year-old, whose partner has just had their second baby, told The News: ‘I got a call from Kenny in the summer. The manager knew I’m ambitious and would have a lot of offers elsewhere, but he was keen to tell me he’d like to have me if there was a possibility to get it done. I went back to Doncaster and weighed up a lot of ....


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Pompey 2 Tranmere 0: Midfielder Happy To Help At Both Ends

Tom Naylor was delighted to play his part at both ends of the pitch as Pompey beat Tranmere 2-0 to register their first League One points of the season.Naylor headed in the second after fellow midfielder Ben Close rifled in a spectacular opener to down Rovers.It was the Blues\' second Fratton win in a week after Birmingham were seen off in the League Cup in midweek, and helps makes the opening day loss at Shrewsbury mote of a distant memory than it might otherwise be.Naylor told ....


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Duo Back In Squad As Jackett Calls On Pompey To Keep Up Fratton Momentum

Kenny Jackett is hoping the midweek League Cup win over Birmingham will have given his players the confidence needed to open their League One account at home to Tranmere this weekend.Last weekend brought a disappointing loss at Shrewsbury to kick off the 2019-20 league season but a double from Ellis Harrison and Ben Close\'s volley lifted spirits on Tuesday.Now promoted Tranmere arrive to give Pompey their first home league test of the new season.Ross McCrorie is available after serving a ....


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It\'s About The Ones That Got Away For New Pompey Hitman

Ellis Harrison was thinking about the ones that got away - not the ones that went in - after his double downed Birmingham in the League Cup.Harrison scored Pompey\'s first and last goals - Ben Close got the other - as Kenny Jackett\'s team ran out 3-0 winners in the Fratton first round game.Afterwards he told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We had a disappointing loss at the weekend, so it was nice to have the chance to bounce back immediately. Birmingham didn’t put their strongest team out, but that ....


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It\'s The Middle Of Summer But Fratton Park Is Filling Up Nicely

Fratton Park is two thirds full for next season already.That\'s because a record number of supporters have forked out for a season ticket during the early bird period.A Pompey spokesman said: \'Almost 14,000 supporters have already snapped up their seat – higher than at this stage of any other year since the Blues exited administration.\'They will be hoping to see Kenny Jackett’s side go one step further than last term by securing promotion to the Championship.\'Any season ticket holder who has ....


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Winger Williams Is Back - But Is A Different Player At A Different Club

Pompey\'s latest signing is on familiar territory at Fratton Park - but is out to make a bigger impression than he did the first time.Winger Ryan Williams played half a dozen games for the Blues in a difficult season in the Championship in 2011-12.Now he\'s back, having extended his football CV with spells at clubs including Oxford and Rotherham, and is determined to show Blues fans what he can do.Williams, an Australian international, signed a two-year contract and told the Pompey website: ....


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Pompey Have Given Me Everything

Matt Clarke has issued a glowing farewell to Pompey - the club to whom, he says, he owes everything.The centre-half has ended four outstanding seasons at Fratton with a switch to Brighton but he says he will always be grateful to Pompey for giving him the chance to reach the level that has seen him Premier League-bound.He told The News: ‘As a boy, you dream of playing in the Premier League, and maybe it is time to give myself a new challenge. When you have a year left on your contract, that is ....


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Suddenly Pompey\'s Revolving Door Is Spinning

One out - two in. It was the longest time and that gave Pompey time to complete three deals as the summer transfer window suddenly got busy for the Blues.The departure was no surprise - the arrivals perhaps were, even if both were names who had already been talked of as potential recruits by Kenny Jackett as he plots his third Fratton campaign as boss.Clarke has, as expected, joined Brighton for an undisclosed fee. It\'s thought to be between £3m and £4m, with add-ons set to increase the total ....


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Clarke Is Brighton-bound - But When And For What Fee?

There seems little doubt Matt Clarke is Brighton-bound - it\'s just a question of when the deal is done and how much Pompey get for him.Reports say the 22-year-old has had a medical at the Amex and will seal his move as soon as the clubs have agreed a fee.There are various claims about what that fee might be but Pompey had indicated they wanted in the region of £5m for the centre-half who has been player of the season for the past two years.Some fear they will let him go for £3m or a little ....


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Two More May Come In At Pompey, But Is A Big Name About To Go?

Pompey are reported to be confident of unveiling two more new signings before the end of the week - as Matt Clarke\'s departure appears to loom closer.One of the arrivals is likely to be Aberdeen winger Gary Mackay-Steven, although the other expected recruit\'s identity is less clear.Pompey have completed only one signing so far this summer - with Shrewsbury right-back James Bolton arriving last week.Meanwhile reports claim Brighton have agreed a fee of around £3.9m for Clarke, although there ....


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Pompey Chief Issues New Message Over Possible Sale Of Star Names

The departure of Matt Clarke is seen by many as inevitable - the likelihood of Jamal Lowe following him out of the door less certain but still very likely in the eyes of some.But chief executive Mark Catlin has told The News the club do not NEED to sell anyone - and will only do so if a deal benefits the Blues. In other words, if a buying club is paying the true worth of the player who is leaving.Catlin told the paper: \'We don’t have to sell anyone. I have to stress again, our transfer ....


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Plenty Of Interest In Lowe And Clarke - But They\'re Still Pompey Players

Interest in Jamal Lowe is stepping up - while Matt Clarke\'s suitors seem to be taking their time coming up with the readies.The Daily Mirror says Burnley have reportedly joined the race for top scorer Lowe, who it is believed is also of great interest to Wigan and Millwall.So far any offers for Lowe have not been anywhere enough to tempt Pompey, who are in no hurry to let anyone go below their true value.Burnley\'s interest may prompt higher bids from Millwall or Wigan but for now at least, ....


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It\'s Been A Long Way Back Up For Pompey New Boy

James Bolton has spoken of his battle to be noticed at non-league level and revive his dream to make it big as a pro.The Pompey new signing was released by Stoke as a youngster and ended up in the non-league game - but says he never gave up hope of getting back in the Football League.He did that with Shrewsbury under Paul Hurst, and now feels he is making another big step up by joining Pompey.The right-back joined the Blues on a three-year deal last week and told The News: \'I never would’ve ....


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Pompey Stunned By Death Of Former Blues Defender Edinburgh

Pompey and their fans are in shock after it was announced Justin Edinburgh had died aged just 49.The former Fratton Park left-back, who had just led Leyton Orient to promotion back into the Football League, had a cardiac arrest on Monday and died today (Saturday).Pompey were quick to pay tribute, saying in a statement: \'Pompey are shocked and saddened by the death of Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh at the age of just 49. The former Blues defender made 38 appearances during a spell with ....


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Pompey Chief Speaks Of Potential Difficulties In Developing Fratton Park

Pompey say they need help in their continuing efforts to improve Fratton Park.Chief exec Mark Catlin made the comments to The News as he revealed the option of moving away from the old ground was still possible.He hinted there were potential obstacles in what they wanted to do with Fratton, telling the paper: ‘We are at a stage where we\'ve got a lot of the jigsaw puzzle in place - but it’s not just about us. There\'s local residents, local businesses and the local council.‘There\'s so many ....


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Surviving In The Championship Not Beyond Pompey - But It Would Get Tougher

Mark Catlin says Pompey\'s financial structure means they would be ready to make the leap to the Championship - and could have done it even if they had gone up this year.But he warned life in the Championship could get tougher the longer you stayed in it.The Blues will next season make a third bid to reach the second tier after missing out in the play-offs this time.Catlin told The News: ‘Yes, I\'m 100-per-cent convinced we would\'ve been ready for the Championship. That\'s because of the way ....


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Catlin And Jackett Play The Pompey Numbers Game

Pompey could sign up to four \'quality\' players as Kenny Jackett looks to strengthen his squad for his third assault on League One with the Blues.Chief exec Mark Catlin says the dressing room does not need a major overhaul but Jackett has identified areas he wants to strengthen.The number coming in could change if players leave - whether that is right-back Nathan Thompson not agreeing a new deal, or the likes of Matt Clarke or Jamal Lowe moving on to higher things and earning the club some ....


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Pacemasters Start On Bench For Play-off Showdown

POMPEY MANAGER Kenny Jackett has sprung a surprise this evening with news that Ronan Curtis and Jamal Lowe start on the bench for Pompey in tonight\'s play-off semi-final showdown against Sunderland at Fratton Park. Brett Pitman and Lee Brown return to the side as Viv-Solomon Otobor deputises for Pompey\'s top goalscorer against Sunderland at 1945 this evening. Former Pompey man and first-leg goalscorer Chris Maguire is promoted to the Sunderland starting XI, whilst there is no place in ....


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D-day Arrives For Pompey\'s Pair Of Play-off Hopefuls

Wednesday is D-day for Brett Pitman and Lee Brown as they bid to prove they are fit to return to the Pompey side for the play-off semi-final second leg against Sunderland.The duo were big misses in the first leg at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and many would expect both to go straight back into the starting line-up on Thursday if fit.Kenny Jackett issued an update to the press on Tuesday about Brown, who missed Saturday with an Achilles injury, and Pitman, who was out with a hamstring ....


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Evans\' Confidence Is High As Pompey Aim To Overturn Sunderland Deficit

Gareth Evans remains confident of play-off progress for Pompey - because they\'re better than Sunderland.The crowd favourite retains belief the Blues can get to Wembley despite losing 1-0 in the semi-final first leg at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.Evans feels Pompey can make their superiority count on home soil and is relishing Thursday\'s second leg. He told The News: \'It\'s still very much in the balance. There wasn\'t much in it. There was a little bit of quality from them for their ....


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Curtis Champing At The Bit For Another Sunderland Showdown

There\'s been plenty of debate about whether Ronan Curtis should start in the play-offs or whether his perceived recent dip in form means he should be on the bench.But you get the sense from the Irishman he would be devastated not to play a full role as Pompey go to Sunderland on Saturday night then host the return leg five evenings later.Curtis told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'The league’s over and we had a good season in finishing fourth – now we’re looking forward to the play-offs. We’ve got ....


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Blues Not Worried By How Much Sunderland Know About Them

Kenny Jackett says he is not concerned by how much Sunderland know about Pompey ahead of the sides\' play-off first leg at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.He is more taken up by his own preparations than worrying about how much the Black Cats have worked out about Pompey\'s strengths and weaknesses.Jackett has no new injury concerns for Saturday evening\'s showdown and told the club website: \'It’s a chance to get into the Championship – and that’s a big prize for whoever emerges successful ....


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