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I Want To Build A New Team For Pompey Fans To Be Proud Of

      Michael Appleton reflected on the incredible support Pompey's fans have shown during the final weeks of the doomed Championship campaign and spoke of his desire to build a new team for them to be proud to watch. The Pompey boss salute f the 'fanatical' support and said he wanted to bring in a host of new faces in the summer to replace higher ....

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Pompey Aim To Leave Division With Some Forest Fire

      One last show of pride is what Michael Appleton has called for as Pompey close their doomed Championship campaign at Nottingham Forest. He'll certainly get it from a 2,000-strong travelling army of fans, and the chances are he'll get it from his battle-weary players too. Relegated last week, Pompey have nothing but pride to play for - but they ....

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Pompey Creditors' Meeting: Salvation, Liquidation - Or Something In Between?

      The surroundings were familiar, the circumstances were familiar - and much of what was said was familiar. Two years almost to the day since the initial creditors' meeting for Pompey's 2010 period of administration, many of the same people were back for more. And they weren't the only figures that were familiar - the ones in the paperwork ....

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Axe Falls Again At Fratton - And Birch Hasn't Finished Yet

      Will the last one to leave Fratton Park please turn the lights out? What's that you say? Oh the electricity board are about to cut the power anyway. That's not quite the terms being talked about at Pompey, but it must seem to most that day is not too far away after the administrators announced further redundancies and the prospect of new cuts ....

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Who Will Follow Norris And Ward In The Pompey Rescue Bid?

      David Norris and Joel Ward are the latest Pompey players to put their money into the PST's bid to buy Pompey - now local businesses are being urged to follow suit. The Fratton pair's investment into the pre-share scheme being pushed by the trust was revealed by Norris's wife Claire on Twitter - on the day the PST said it wanted to attract more ....

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Answers Expected Soon To Appleton's 'who Stays And Who Goes' Conundrum

      Michael Appleton expects a number of Pompey's remaining star players to leave Fratton within weeks as the battle to keep the club alive steps up a gear. The Pompey boss is being his usual realistic self as he looks ahead to a future without the likes of Jason Pearce and Joel Ward. But one player keen to stay put is midfielder David Norris, ....

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Pompey Have Lost A Battle - Now For The Rest Of The War

      Often, when bad things happen to your team, it feels worse a day or two later. But Pompey's relegation from the Championship doesn't - not to me, at any rate. Where as, for example, the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea two years ago felt more personal the more time you had to reflect on it and pull the game apart, I'm quite calm about us being ....

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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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