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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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Why Pompey Have A Better Play-off Chance In 2019 Than In 2016

Christian Burgess says Pompey\'s 2019 play-off hopefuls have a big advantage over the 2016 counterparts - a home game in the semi-final second leg.The central defender was in Paul Cook\'s side who lost 3-2 on aggegate to Plymouth in the League Two play-offs three years ago, with the first leg at Fratton ending 2-2 before a 1-0 defeat to a late goal at Home Park.This time, having finished fourth, Pompey play away first - at the Stadium of Light on Saturday - and come back to Fratton Park for leg ....


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Pompey\'s Season\'s Star Is Modest After Awards Clean Sweep

Matt Clarke says he didn\'t deserve a clean sweep of Pompey player of the season trophies saying: It\'s no one-man show.The central defender was rewarded for another consistent season at the back with 13 trophies - every one presented before Saturday\'s draw with Accrington.Clarke told The News: \'I wasn\'t expecting that many! I got warned about it Friday, so was probably expecting a couple, but there have been some players who’ve had really good seasons.‘I wasn’t expecting that and I don’t ....


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Clean Sheets Can Help Pompey Prosper Against Sunderland In The Play-offs

Almost inevitably, it\'s Sunderland who await Pompey in the play-offs. The clubs started the season as the \'big fish\' who many fancied to go straight up, and they\'ve spent almost all the campaign next to one another in the league table - even if not in the top two for the duration.They also did battle in the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley and perhaps the only surprise is that the placings in the final table will prevent them meeting under the arch again in the play-off final.That\'s ....


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Pompey Aim For Third - And Reckon No-one Will Want Them In The Play-offs

Pompey have put the disappointment of missing automatic promotion behind them and are ready to get on with the job of securing third place in League One.So says assistant boss Joe Gallen as the squad prepare to take on Accrington at Fratton Park and then find out who they will face in the play-off semi-finals. If they can win this last regular league game and end third, they will play Doncaster or Peterborough over two legs.Gallen told the Pompey website: \'There was a lot of disappointment on ....


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A Change Is As Good As A Rest For Pompey

Kenny Jackett admitted it needed a change of formation to bring about Pompey\'s success at Shrewsbury.The Shrews had the best of the opening half hour but tactical changes got Pompey on top and they went on to win 2-0 courtesty of goals by Ben Close and Brett Pitman.It moved them up to third in the table, still four points behind second-placed Barnsley.Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'It was hard-fought and the first 25 minutes really did belong to Shrewsbury, with our keeper making one ....


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Momentum At The Meadow - That\'s What Pompey Need

Pompey head to Shrewsbury this weekend looking - needing in fact - to keep up their recently rediscovered momentum to keep up the pressure on the three sides above them in the League One promotion race.Wins over Bradford, Walsall and Scunthorpe have breathed new life into the Blues\' efforts to finish in the top two, with Barnsley currently four points ahead of them going into Saturday\'s games.Confidence is high in the Pompey camp as they travel to New Meadow to face the Shrews - one of about ....


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What Does Pompey Boss Jackett Think Is Unbelievable?

It\'s as fierce a battle to stay up as you could imagine in League One - and Pompey still have to face a handful of the teams involved.Just three points separate 10 clubs from Plymouth, who are 12th, to Walsall, who sit 21st, going into this weekend\'s games.Shrewsbury, who host Pompey this weekend, are in the thick of that group in 18th place and the fact that so many teams will be desperately fighting for points, not just counting down to the end of the season, is not lost on Jackett.He told ....


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Who Said Let\'s Take It A Game At A Time? Pompey Star Evans Almost Did...

Gareth Evans didn\'t quite say \' we\'ll take it a game at a time\' after Pompey beat Scunthorpe - but it\'s what he meant.A run of three wins from four have put the Blues back in with a shout of automatic promotion after a winless run of eight league games appeared to have left it out of reach.Evans was instrumental in the second half show against the Iron that earned another three points, though it was Omar Bogle and Jamal Lowe who got the goals.Evans told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We had to ....


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Pompey Can Still Get 95 Points - And That Is What Boss Is Focusing On

Kenny Jackett is looking up not down after Pompey closed the gap on the top two with a patient victory over Scunthorpe at Fratton Park.Goals by Omar Bogle and Jamal Lowe in the final 20 minutes earned the Blues\' third win in four and left them four points behind Barnsley, who currently occupy the second promotion spot.Jackett is eyeing up the 24 points Pompey still have to play for - starting with a trip to Shrewsbury next Saturday.He told the Pompey website: \'It was a hard-earned result, but ....


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Pompey Can Still Think About Second Place - But Need To Beat The Iron

The race for second place got a little more interesting as Barnsley ended the week with two points from six by drawing 0-0 at Doncaster. On Saturday it will get more interesting still if Pompey can overcome Scunthorpe at Fratton Park.A week ago it felt like all hope of catching the Tykes and, in top spot, the Hatters were all bit over as the Blues succumbed rather meekly at The Valley.But the midweek win at Walsall - brought about by goals from three forward players reinstated to the starting ....


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Pompey\'s Attacking Shake-up Gets Its Reward

Kenny Jackett shook things up in attack as Pompey looked to put defeat at Charlton behind them at Walsall - and it paid dividends.As well as losing Ronan Curtis to a freak finger injury the boss also dropped Gareth Evans and Oli Hawkins, with Brett Pitman, Omar Bogle and Viv Solomon-Otabor all coming into the starting line-up.It worked a treat with the three who came in all scoring, and Pitman in particular outstanding in earning Pompey their first away win in League One in 2019.Pitman fired ....


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Pompey Back At Their Second Home (wembley) After Bury Are Buried

Pompey are off to Wembley - at least once.It remains to be seen whether a trip to the national stadium will result if Pompey end up in the play-offs, but they will be there on the final day of March in the competition many fans love to hate, the Checkatrade.They reached the final with a 3-0 win at Bury, with second half goals from Gareth Evans, Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis dumping Bury out at Gigg Lane.Kenny Jackett selected his first choice side, a much stronger line-up than the one seen in ....


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Pompey Have Got One Factor Back - But They Do Need To Start Winning

Kenny Jackett was delighted to see Pompey\'s energy return in the 0-0 draw with Barnsley - now he just wants some wins to go with it.The Pompey boss was heartened by the Blues\' performance in the Fratton clash with the Tykes, although it was a fifth straight league draw and an eighth one without a win.The manager told the club website: \'We got forward more than we have in recent times and got better service to our wide players. That’s our game – to give constructive passes to those guys and ....


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