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Pompey Told: Don't Expect Favours From Derby Or Barnsley

      Michael Appleton has warned his Pompey players they can't expect Derby to arrive at Fratton Park with an end-of-season air about them on Saturday. The Blues have to beat the Rams and hope Bristol City slip up at home to Barnsley if they're to take their survival hopes to the final day of the season, but Appleton says no-one should be fooled by ....


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Players Urged To Take Pompey's Battle To The Death

      Michael Appleton says he'd love Pompey's Championship relegation battle to go to the final day of the season - but insists it is a piece of cake compared to the other troubles the Blues have become embroiled in this season. The Pompey boss says all the pressure is on Bristol City as the sides go into this weekend's games knowing two more ....


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Will Eagles Prey On Pompey's Fears, Or Can Greatest Escape Live On?

      Stop us if you've hear this before ... Pompey need to win their next game and hope Bristol City don't win theirs; otherwise, it's goodbye the Championship. Oh and it would be helpful if Coventry could lose as well. Yes, Pompey welcome Crystal Palace to Fratton on Tuesday in exactly the same position as they were in heading to Doncaster last ....


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Fans Impress Futacs As Futacs Impresses Fans And Kitson

      Matchwinner Marko Futcas paid tribute to Pompey's fans as he urged his team-mates to keep on winning to prolong their Championship life. The Hungarian, who scored the injury-time winner in the dramatic 4-3 victory at Doncaster, said the Blues had to put other teams out of their minds and concentrate on winning their last three games - starting ....


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No Basking In Derby Delight For Pompey As The Battle Goes On

    Derby hero David Norris says Pompey must take the belief achieved by their last-gasp draw at St Mary's into their remaining five games if they're to have a chance of staying up. Pompey look likely to need something like four wins from those five games if they're to scramble out of the bottom three by the time the final whistle blows on another ....


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Pompey Are Going To St Marys To Win

      Michael Appleton reckons his young guns are ready for their biggest test of the season against leaders Southampton at St Mary's. And he insists Pompey will be looking to win the Hampshire derby as the club's Championship survival hopes depend on getting three points. When the teams met in December at Fratton Park, they fought out a 1-1 draw, ....


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Derby Day Can Set Up Pompey Safety Surge: Appleton

      Michael Appleton thinks playing Saints off the back of the 5-1 home defeat against Burnley last Saturday is the perfect fixture to set up a grandstand finish to the season. The Pompey boss is refusing to throw in the towel, despite the fact Pompey are five points from safety with just six games remaining. In that run-in Pompey have still to ....


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Appleton Accentuates The Positive As The Trust Seeks £8m

      Pompey boss Michael Appleton is planning for the 'perfect job' in the summer, but is realistic about the club's immediate prospects. The boss is refusing to get carried away about potential news owners and the scale of the task ahead has been underlined as the Pompey Supporters' Trust has revelaed it needs to raise about £8m to save the ....


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Trust Hoping For Significant Backing For Buy-out Scheme

      The Pompey Supporters' Trust is in negotiations with a couple of potential wealthy backers, who are interested in getting involved in a proposed community buy-out of Portsmouth FC. Although the names of the individuals hasn't yet been revealed, they are both Pompey fans with substantial personal wealth who could potentially help the ....


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Pompey Scorer Wants Home Form To Continue - Home And Away

    Scorer Joel Ward says Pompey must take the performance that saw off Hull at Fratton Park and repeat it several times over if they're to pull off another great escape. The utility man, who scored the second of the Blues' first-half double which gave Pompey their second home win in eight days, says the squad are up for the fight and need to improve ....


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Skipper And Boss Lay It On The Line For Pompey

    Jason Pearce wants to make up for Pompey's poor performance at Coventry with a win at home to Hull on Tuesday night - the first of eight games which will decide which division they will be in next season. The skipper says the players owe the Fratton fans a second home victory in eight days after a meek surrender at Coventry, when they were looking to ....


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New Pair Welcomed At Pompey - But So Is Skipper's Stance

    Karim Rekik and Luca Scapuzzi are set to join up with the Pompey squad at Coventry on Saturday - but fans will be even happier to see another player in the squad ... skipper Jason Pearce. The two new boys are loan arrivals for Manchester City, welcome additions to the relegation-battling squad at a time when Michael Appleton is still struggling to ....


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Goal Heroes Reflect On A Great Night - But Know It's Just The Start

    It wasn't quite a Mendes moment in terms of the drama it held, but Kelvin Etuhu's finish against Birmingham wasn't far off Pedro's Great Escape-launching rocket of 2006 in terms of the sheer quality of the strike. Now the pressure is on Etuhu and his team-mates as Pompey fans wait to see if the sensational come-from-behind victory can set off a ....


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Pompey Skipper Makes Vow As Another Squad Member Is Lined Up For Move

    Jason Pearce says Pompey will not give up on their battle to stay in the Championship. The skipper was disappointed they couldn't turn second-half dominance into victory against Bristol City at Fratton Park. And he said they expected more tough assignments to come - starting with Birmingham's visit to Fratton on Tuesday night. Pearce was speaking as ....


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Raise A Glass To Success As Pompey Enter Last-chance Saloon

    It's not quite now or never, but it's probably very, very soon or never. That goes for Pompey's need to find a buyer - and their need to turn around their form if they want to avoid relegation. Many believe Bristol City's visit to Fratton Park this weekend represents Pompey's last chance to get a victory that could prove a turning point, and not just ....


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First Goal Vital For Pompey - But There's One Man Fewer To Score It

    Get the first goal - and the Great Escape could unfold from there. That will be Michael Appleton's message to his ever-diminishing squad as they head into a critical relegation battle with Bristol City at Fratton on Saturday. The Pompey boss has pointed out ahead of the Robins' visit that the Blues have not lost from a winning position in his time as ....


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We'll Try To Save Pompey's Season - Then We'll Try To Save The Club

    Trevor Birch says he is trying to save Pompey's season - and after that will put his efforts into saving the club. He says he has two or three parties interested in buying but none is on the verge of a bid. He is trying to show them the day's of huge losses because of player contracts will soon be over and next season could be one in which only a ....


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Pompey Squad Have Mixed Feelings Over Tale Of Two Keepers

    Jamie Ashdown has been backed to plug the gap left by Stephen Henderson's departure to West Ham. Defender Greg Halford says the players are devastated to see the stopper move to West Ham - but they have faith in Ashdown to return to the decent form he was showing before he lost his place to the Irishman. Halford spoke out as manager Michael Appleton ....


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Pompey New Boy Has High Hopes Of Making His Point

    Chris Maguire hopes he can help Pompey stay up - and prove a point to Derby in the process. The Scotland striker made his Blues debut as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat at Brighton which pushed Pompey closer to the drop to League One. But Maguire is determined to do all he can to aid Pompey after finding his first-team opportunities limited at Pride ....


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Middlesbrough Boss Mowbray Backs 'passionate' Pompey Fans

  Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has praised Pompey's passionate fans and hopes the club finds a way out of its financial problems. Speaking this week after Boro won 3-1 at Fratton Park last weekend Mowbray said it would be 'terrible for the game' if Pompey went under. 'A fair percentage of the Portsmouth fans were still there behind that goal, whilst the stewards ....


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Who's Really In Need? Pompey Or Rest Of Championship

    Given that it's Pompey who have been deducted 10 points and are said by some to be hurtling towards liquidation, it's amazing how many other clubs in the Championship are in a state of emergency. Or so it would seem from the number circling Fratton in the hope of securing loans for various players. If they all get their men, Pompey's average at ....


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League Boost Pompey's Survival Bid, But Will Chainrai Really Ride To Rescue?

    Balram Chainrai has gone from describing himself as reluctant owner to saying he is Pompey's last resort - but he is now a last resort they won't have to turn to just yet after the Football League released funds which should see the Blues through to the end of the season. The league has agreed to the funding request from administrator Trevor Birch ....


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Appleton Hones His Juggling Skills In The Pompey Circus

    Michael Appleton is working hard to balance Pompey's player departures with the recruitment of loan players who can help the Blues win their relegation battle. He is preparing for Tuesday night's rather daunting trip to in-form Reading by trying to bring in a forward as a squad replacement for Liam Lawrence, who went on loan to Cardiff. His efforts ....


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Forgotten Man Speaks Out As A Not-so-forgotten Man Looms Large At Fratton

    One of Pompey's forgotten men has laid bare the extent of the upset felt by the players when they were told how close to the abyss the club had slipped. Out-of-favour keeper Jamie Ashdown sad they had no hesitation agreeing to wage cuts and deferrals when they were told it was that or the end of the club. Ashdown spoke out as administrator Trevor ....


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Gaydamak Is The Key Man - Again - In Pompey's Fight For Survival

    Time was already running out for Pompey - now the alarm appears about to go off, unless Sacha Gaydamak can be convinced that declining to take parachute payments now might give him back more of his 'debt' in the long run. The club have admitted they may not be able to complete the season with more than £2m in parachute payments from the Premier ....


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