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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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Pompey 0 Barnsley 0: Could We Be Part Of The Race For Second Place?

I remember working out after we beat AFC Wimbledon on New Year\'s Day that we had 20 games left, and if we could win 11 of them we\'d have enough points (90) to be sure of automatic promotion. It almost seemed too easy.Nearly two months on, we\'ve not managed one of those 11 wins. We\'ve managed a measly five points from five successive draws (and incidentally, when was the last time that happened?) which followed three straight defeats.Using the same maths, we\'d now need 28 points from the ....


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Pompey Are Hard To Beat But Lacking Quality, Says The Boss

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett is under no illusions his team need to build new momentum if they\'re to get enough wins between now and the end of the season to win promotion.He was speaking ahead of Saturday\'s visit to Fratton Park of Barnsley - currently the team the Blues need to catch if they\'re to make the top. The gap is five points going into Saturday\'s tussle.Jackett has seen his team draw four league games in a row - that after three league defeats - and he knows those need to turn into ....


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Jackett Shows Faith In The Pompey Players Who Got The Team To Top Spot

Kenny Jackett defended his team selection for Pompey\'s game with Bristol Rovers - which ended up as their seventh straight league game without a win.He told The News he had wanted to field as close as was possible to the team who had taken the club to the top of League One earlier in the season.Pompey needed a second half own goal to save them after Rovers had taken a first half lead through Jonson Clarke-Harris\'s penalty. The same player missed a secons penalty when it was 1-1.Jackett\'s ....


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Southend\'s Cox In The Box Makes Sloppy Pompey Pay

Three up and cruising - then almost glad to hear the final whistle so Southend didn\'t have time to get a winner. That was the story of Pompey\'s visit to Roots Hall - one they will want to forget in a hurry.Goals in the first 31 minutes by Bryn Morris, Ben Close and Oli Hawkins seemed to Pompey well on their way to their first league win in six.But Simon Cox\'s hat-trick had them heading home with just a point - and losing more ground on the top two, Luton and Barnsley, who both won.Morris ....


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They\'re Fourth - Now Pompey Need To Be Forthright

Pompey head to Southend in fourth place - a scenario that would have seemed far-fetched for mid-February just a few short weeks ago when they went to Roots Hall and won 2-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy.At that time they were going along nicely in top spot and progressing in two cup competitions. But since, they\'ve chalked up only two draws and three defeats from five league matches and bowed out of the FA Cup.So it is that this trip to Essex has become a huge one in their efforts to finish in the ....


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