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Dons Must Be Downed If Pompey Are Serious About Promotion

Pompey have a chance to get their forgettable Fleetwood performance out of their system quickly - and they need to make sure they take it.A single goal by Callum Connolly condemned them to defeat in the north west, losing ground on a number of the promotion hunting teams above them.Tuesday night brings MK Dons to Fratton Park for a rearranged league game and it\'s one most will say HAS to end with a home win if Pompey are to regain at least some of the initiative in the race for a top six ....

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Pompey Boss Wants Fleetwood Focus - Helped By Midweek Lift

Pompey must put Wembley firmly out of their minds and focus again on their No1 priority - getting promotion from League One - as they go to Fleetwood.Joey Barton\'s team, who they face twice in the next few weeks, are in decent form and will give Kenny Jackett\'s team a stiff test.Pompey head into the game in sixth spot but knowing there are teams breathing down their necks if they slip up.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'All of the players and coaching staff will say that the league is most ....

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Trophy Isn\'t No1 Priority For Pompey - But They Do Want To Get To Wembley

A return to Wembley is a game away - and just as they did in last year\'s EFL Trophy semi-final, Pompey are putting out a strong side to try to ensure they make it.At Bury last year, Kenny Jackett fielded a side much stronger than the one which had got the Blues that far - and they duly won at Gigg Lane to set up the final with Sunderland, which they won on penalties.Now with the final in view again Jackett is adopting the same approach - even if some fans would rather see a number of key ....

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Fratton End Factor Helps Pompey Make Sure Shrews Lose

Joe Gallen praised Pompey\'s hard workers for plugging away at the task and ensuring there were no slip-ups against struggling Shrewsbury.They had to wait more than an hour for the breakthrough against a resolute Shrews side but eventually goals from Ellis Harrison and John Marquis secured three points to keep the Blues sixth and right on the tails of the sides above them.Gallen told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'I think ‘job done’ is a good way of putting it because it was always going to be a ....

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Pompey Manager Frustrated - But Still Looking Forward

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett felt Coventry made his team pay for not scoring when they were on top.The Blues lost their first game in 11 at St Andrews when Coventry got the game\'s only goal six minutes from time.Pompey are still sixth in League One but this was a chance to break into the top four blown.Jackett was disappointed but not completely downcast afterwards and told the club website: \'We were on top and trying to break through – particularly in the second half – and couldn’t quite find ....

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Pompey Patience Leads To Comfortable Win Over Sorry Southend

Pompey took a while to get going against struggling Southend at Fratton Park - but ended up comfortable 4-1 winners to make it four games unbeaten.Craig MavGillivray\'s calf injury gave Alex Bass his second start inside a month while Ellis Harrison came in for Gareth Evans and played as the main striker.The first half was turgid at times with Southend content to sit back and defend and Pompey struggling to break them down.But the Blues grabbed a half-time lead when sub Brandon Haunstrup - on ....

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Two Points From Two Games Doesn\'t Satisfy Jackett - It Should Have Been Six

Kenny Jackett said Pompey should have been capable of defending their 1-0 lead against Oxford at Fratton Park - or should have been more than a goal up so United\'s late strike didn\'t matter.Matty Taylor headed in a late equaliser for Karl Robinson\'s team to cancel out Gareth Evans\' penalty, scored after Ben Close was fouled in the box.It\'s the third Saturday in a row Pompwy have conceded late - and those three goals against, put together, have cost the Blues five points.Jackett told ....

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Why High-flying Oxford May Be Welcome Visitors To Fratton

Pompey often fare better against better teams - so they might welcome the sight of Oxford United looming into view at Fratton Park this weekend.The men from the Kassam are fifth in League One after a flying start to the season - which should at least mean they don\'t come south and sit back and play for a 0-0 draw.The Blues struggle to break down over-defensive teams and perhaps it\'s for that reason they go into this contest with some optimism.Jackett, whose side are struggling for ....

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I Want To Start For Pompey - And Score More Goals

Ronan Curtis wants to keep starting for Pompey - and scoring for Pompey.The winger was back in the first XI at Bristol Rovers last Saturday and repaid boss Kenny Jackett\'s faith in him with a goal that put Pompey 2-0 up before they allowed Rovers to fight back for a point.The Irishman has surely done enough to keep his place for Saturday\'s visit of Oxford and he told the club website: \'I haven\'t had one (a start) for a few weeks, so I was glad to get on the scoresheet and help the lads ....

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Rotating Wingers Is Working For Pompey - Even If There Are Other Problems

Kenny Jackett hinted that he will keep on rotating Pompey\'s wide men after Ronan Curtis almost helped bring about a victory at Bristol Rovers on his recall to the starting XI.Curtis scored Pompey\'s second at the Memorial Stadium before Rovers fought back to draw 2-2 - and Jackett said he didn\'t think a few games out of the starting XI had done him any harm.Now it is Marcus Harness\'s turn to kick his heels and wait for his chance and it\'s a policy Jackett seems keen on.The manager told ....

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Never Mind Trust The Process - Trust Pompey Striker\'s Record

John Marquis has no doubts about his ability in front of goal - and is hoping his winner against Lincoln can prove the start of a run of goals.He has struggled for goals since his move from Doncaster although most are impressed by his work-rate and feel a lack of service has much to do with the fact he is not scoring for fun.He leads the line at Bristol Rovers this weekend with plenty of belief he can score the goals that can help bring about an upturn in Pompey\'s fortunes.Marquis, on three ....

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Blues Becoming Tough To Score Against - Now For Work At The Other End

Kenny Jackett feels Pompey are getting it right at the back - even if they still have improvements to make going forward.Another clean sheet secured a 1-0 home win over Lincoln gave Pompey their fourth win of the season, and took their defensive record to two goals let in over the past five games.It was no Fratton classic but it was an important win and Jackett told the Pompey website: \'The players worked ever so hard and really grafted for each other to earn the clean sheet. I think Lincoln’s ....

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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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