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On The Fringes - But Your Fratton Big-game Chance Will Come

Pompey fringe man Louis Dennis has been assured his big-game chance will come if he keeps performing as he did against Spurs\' youngsters.The former Bromley attacker was one of the key men as the Blues beat Tottenham U21s 3-2 in the Checkatrade and assistant boss Joe Gallen took notice.Gallen told The News: \'Louis Dennis has got a lot of talent and I think he is itching for an opportunity. Around the box, when the ball drops to him, he moves the ball so freely and naturally and drops a few ....


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Adaptability Is The Key As Pompey Overcome Spurs Starlets

Joe Gallen expressed his delight at Pompey\'s come-from-behind win over Tottenham\'s under-21s in the EFL Trophy - and said the victory showed they had a squad who could adapt to different challenges.Pompey won 3-2 after going behind in the first half, with Andre Green, Gareth Evans and Oli Hawkins on target. It left them top of their group and looking at a home game in the last 32.Gallen told the club website: \'Tottenham played in a different fashion to what we’re used to in League One and it ....


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We Want To Win - But We Want To Give Plenty A Chance

Kenny Jackett aims the balance a chance to give fringe and young players a run-out with a desire to win when Spurs under-21s visit Fratton Park in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening.The manager revealed that Andre Green would start - and he may not be the only unfamiliar face in the starting XI.Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We’ve already qualified, but a win or a draw means we’ll finish top and get a home draw in the next round, which is what we want.\'It’s a good opportunity ....


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Professional Pompey Impress The Viewers - And The Boss

Pompey moved pretty effortlessly into round two of the FA Cup as they beat Maidenhead 4-0 at York Road - leaving most observers impressed with their professionalism.Goals from Ben Thompson, Oli Hawkins, Jamal Lowe and sub David Wheeler saw off a brave challenge from their National League hosts and put Pompey\'s name into the machine for the second round draw, which takes place on Monday night.Boss Kenny Jackett felt it was a job well done. He told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We want to progress ....


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Maidenhead Would Love Pompey\'s Cup Struggles Continue For One More Season

Pompey and the FA Cup have gone from the ultimate high of 2008 to some new lows in recent season.There was Aldershot, of course, four seasons ago, not to mention more first round exits than most Blues fans wish to think about since they slipped into the bottom two divisions in 2012.Only once since Pompey reached their second final in three seasons in 2010 have Pompey had a run in the competition - in 15-16 when they got through three rounds before bowing out at home to Bournemouth.So will 18-19 ....


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Keep Calm And Carry On In The Fa Cup, Pompey

Kenny Jackett says Pompey must keep cool heads to make sure they avoid being on the wrong end of an FA Cup upset at Maidenhead on Saturday.Looking ahead to a game BT Sport have picked for live coverage, the manager told www.portsmothfc.co.uk: \'We have to look at it as a good chance to progress and we want to go on a run to give our fans reason to get excited. But the television cameras are there for a reason, so we have to rise to the occasion. We’ll need to be organised and structured if we ....


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Identity Of Pompey Scorer Is No Surprise To Joe

Joe Gallen praised Gareth Evans\' nose for goal as he declared that Pompey were well worth their win at Bradford.The Blues assistant boss was delighted to see Evans, captain on the day, pop up for the early goal that proved the winner at Valley Parade. But he was not surprised.Gallen told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'I know Bradford are bottom of the league, but it certainly didn’t feel like that when we came into a big stadium. They’ve put together a squad that certainly wasn’t designed to be ....


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Valley Parade Victory Is Evans-sent For Pompey

It was never likely to be as one-sided as some were wanting to believe, but Pompey justified their lofty League One position by nicking the only goal of a tough encounter at the home of bottom side Bradford.The win, courtesy of Gareth Evans\' early goal, earned three points that kept the Blues top ahead of in-form Sunderland, with Peterborough dropping out of the top two.With Jack Whatmough, Anton Walkes and Tom Naylor back in the side, there was a well-respected minute’s silence before ....


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Pompey Head To Bradford Being Told: We Need To Hit Target More Often

Pompey must get more of their goal attempts on target.So says Kenny Jackett as he plots to turn recent draws into a victory when the leaders vidit the basement boys.Bradford v Pompey is bottom versus top but Jackett warms that the Blues will be up againat a side keen to turn their bad run of results around.The managet told the club website: \'My focus isn’t really on Bradford, although obviously we’ve analysed them to learn their strengths and weaknesses.\'They have good players and will be ....


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Jackett Won\'t Allow Pompey Any Road Trip Grumbles

As Kenny Jackett takes Pompey through a run of away games that would test any team, you won\'t hear him grumbling about the way the fixtures have fallen.Pompey were at Accrington last week, go to Bradford this week and Maidenhead in the FA Cup and will then be on the road again before another home league game.But the fact the Blues have done so well on the road so far this term is probably helping the manager stay upbeat about the current schedule.Looking ahead to the visit to Valley Parade, ....


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Away To A Side In Play-off Places - And Pompey Not Content With Point

Kenny Jackett says disappointment at a 1-1 draw away to the team in fourth place is a measure of how far Pompey have come.Most in blue were a little downcast that Pompey didn\'t leave the Wham Stadium with all three points after taking a second-half lead through Oli Hawkins but failing to hold on to it for long.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'We’re always looking to win and we’re disappointed to come away with just a draw, which shows you how far we’ve come. For 20-30 minutes we played ....


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Accrington Have Momentum - Pompey Need To Be On Their Guard

Kenny Jackett says there\'s no question of Pompey under-estimating Accrington.The League One leaders visit fourth-placed Stanley knowing they will probably face one of their stiffest away tests of the season to date.Jackett knows John Coleman\'s team are on a roll and told the Pompey website: \'We’re going up against a side with a lot of quality and who are in a good run of form themselves at the moment.\'So we’ll have to concentrate and work hard, making sure we’re at our very best if we want ....


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Home And Away - It\'s All The Same To Pompey Boss

Kenny Jackett leads his team to Accrington Stanley telling them - It doesn\'t matter if we\'re at home or away.Pompey\'s away form has been more consistent than their home efforts so far this term but Jackett doesn\'t mind where points are picked up, as long as they come somewhere.The Blues are four points clear - down from six - after Tuesday\'s 2-2 draw with Burton and Jackett said: \'I try to stay consistent about home and away games and don’t note the difference as much as other people ....


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Pompey May Be Top But They Will Remain Humble

Pompey fully deserved their home victory over Fleetwood, even if only one goal separated the sides, according to Blues boss Kenny Jackett.It was Pompey\'s first home win in four League One encounters at Fratton and came courtesy of Oli Hawkins\' close-range header early in the second half.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'It was a comprehensive 1-0 win and we were the stronger side in both halves. We restricted them to not much going forward, which is an achievement because Fleetwood have some ....


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Keeper Knows First Step Towards More Pompey Wins

Pompey are out to record their first home win in four when Fleetwood visit this weekend - and keeper Craig MacGillivray is out to help them do it by keeping a clean sheet.Despite Pompey\'s form, which has taken them to the top of the table, they have had relatively few of them so far this season.The former Shrewsbury stopper knows more shutouts will mean more wins and wants to play his part in achieving them.You have go back to September 1 to find Pompey\'s last League One home win, with ....


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Pompey Boss Aims To Get Team Out Of Sticky Situation

Kenny Jackett says things have been a bit sticky for Pompey in recent home games - and he wants that to change.Draws against Shrewsbury and Wycombe were followed by a defeat to Gillingham, meaning the Blues have taken only one point from their past three at home.In that same period Pompey have chalked up four straight wins on the road, which at least has stopped their home form from holding up their bid to stay top.But now with Fleetwood and Burton visiting Fratton in the space of four days, ....


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Naylor Nailed On Already For His Pompey Spot

Tom Naylor says he already feels like a key player for Pompey - and few would disagree after he led the side to their latest away win.The former Burton man scored and was outstanding in the 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon.He has quickly established himself as first-choice midfielder for Kenny Jackett and told the Blues website after the win at Kingsmeadow: \'It took the first three or four games for me to really settle in because this is a huge club with a lot of fans.\'Now I feel like I’m a big part ....


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Outstanding Pompey Away Form Needs To Be Seen At Fratton

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett is looking for his players to take their superb away form into successive home games next week.He responded to the 2-1 win at FC Wimbledon, courtesy of goals by Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans, by praising their performances on the road and calling for a repeat in front of their own fans against Fleetwood on Saturday and Burton the following Tuesday.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'We were well in control for an hour and had got ourselves in a good position. There were a ....


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Pompey Don\'t Care Where They Play - Winning Is On Their Mind

Pompey have been League One\'s awayday kings so far this season but are under no illusions they will need to be at their best to keep up their record on the road at AFC Wimbledon.Kingsmeadow has not always been a happy hunting ground for the Blues in recent seasons and Kenny Jackett expects a tight game at the compact stadium this weekend.But he says his players are quite happy playing anywhere - home or away - at the moment as they approach all games in a positive frame of mond.Jackett told ....


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Duo Earn Praise After Staking Their Pompey Claims

Debut making pair Haji Mnoga and Louis Dennis drew praise from Kenny Jackett after helping Pompey qualify for the next stage of the Checkatrade Trophy with a win t Crawley.Mnoga, who is just 16, got a surprise call up for the trip to West Sussex and Dennis was also delighted to be involved after a long wait for his first competitive start.Dion Donohue\'s goal earned a 1-0 win that means Pompey get out of the group with one game to spare.Blues boss Jackett said: \'Haji did okay and has shown a ....


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Jackett Gives Honest Assessment Of Pompey\'s First League Loss

Kenny Jackett admitted Pompey simply didn\'t do enough to deserve anything from their home tussle with Gillingham, which the visitors won 2-0.Two first half goals condemned the Blues to their first League One defeat since April as the likes of Jamal Lowe and Ronan Curtis turned in below-par displays.Jackett hopes they learn from the defeat and take their bruised pride into Saturday\'s visit to AFC Wimbledon.He told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'Gillingham did a very good job on us defensively in ....


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No Frills Gills Inflict Pompey\'s First League Defeat

Pompey\'s home form has a Ted Rogers look about it - 3-2-1 - after Gillingham became the first team this season to beat Kenny Jackett\'s men.It finished 2-0 at Fratton Park after Steve Lovell\'s side scored one fabulous goal and one soft one to lead by two at the break - with the Blues unable to turn significant possession into goals, or even many worthwhile efforts on target, either before or after conceding.They attacked with more purpose in the second half after Jackett brought on David ....


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Clear At The Top - But Pompey\'s Home Form Is Not All It Could Be

It might seem odd for a team who are three points clear at the top of the table - but it\'s a fact that Pompey\'s home form is not quite as good as it could be.The Blues won their first three at Fratton but have been held in the last two, with Shrewsbury and Wycombe both leaving town with a share of the spoils.And with this weekend\'s visitors Gillingham having left Fratton with all three points just seven months ago, Kenny Jackett is all too aware this will be no walk in the park for in-form ....


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Jackett Pleased At Both Ends After Pompey Pip Coventry

So now it\'s eight wins and three draws as Pompey\'s superb start to the League One season continues - with Coventry City the latest side to find them too stong.Ronan Curtis\'s fine finish just before half-time proved enough to secure the Blues\' second away win in four days, coming hot on the heels of the 3-1 success at Rochdale at the weekend.Ponpey boss Kenny Jackett praised Curtis\'s eye for goal and his team\'s ability to dig in when not bossing the game as he reflected on three points ....


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Defender Keen To Protect Pompey\'s Unbeaten Record

Jack Whatmough spoke of the impotance of protecting Pompey\'s unbeaten run as he looked ahead to the tussle at Coventry.Pompey have won seven and drawn three of their first 10 League One games but Whatmough knows such a fine start would be forgotten quickly were Pompey to falter.They\'ll be tested at the Ricoh Arena by a Coventy squad featuring a number of ex-Pompey players - though not Conor Chaplin, who cannot play because Pompey are still his parent club.Whatmough told the Pompey website: ....


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