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Pompey Told: Stop Lambert And We Can Stop Southampton

Pompey boss Michael Appleton says his players must cut off the supply lines to Rickie Lambert if they're to stop Southampton. The manager won't win any extra points to identifying their top scorer as a big threat, but he and his scouts have clearly been studying Southampton - and have seen how they can be thwarted in recent weeksm when they have lost to Doncaster and Bristol City and drawn with ....


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Pompey Get A Pre-derby Lift From Lampitt

David Lampitt has given Pompey a pre-derby boost by revealing there is a high level of interest in the club. Days before the biggest game of the season to date, the chief executive moved to reassure fans worried that the club were in as bad a state as when they went into administration last year. He spoke out as the build-up to Sunday's visit of Southampton continued with the club outlining ....


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We Know What Derby Means To Pompey Fans

David Norris says Pompey's players realise how much the weekend's meeting with Southampton means to fans. Last weekend's matchwinner says supporters have been talking of little other than the south-coast derby for weeks and the team are desperate to win it for them. Meanwhile chief executive David Lampitt says Pompey are much better-placed to deal with their financial problems than they were ....


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Veteran Outlines What Will Fire Up Pompey For Derby

A veteran of several Pompey-Southampton clashes says the visitors' league position is the only incentive the Blues will need to be fired up for Sunday's derby. Alan Knight insists south-coast derbies are always fiery but believes Southampton's status as league leaders - which they would only lose if West Ham beat Barnsley by six goals on Saturday - will give Pompey's approach an extra ....


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Defender Says Pompey's Turf Moor Ingredients Can Sink Southampton

Jason Pearce says teamwork was the key to beating Burnley - and he wants to see more of the same when Southampton visit Fratton Park next Sunday. The defender says the way the players dug in from start to finish, nicking a goal right at the end, meant they deserved their reward. Now they can't wait to get stuck into their neighbours next week. Pearce had an excellent game as Pompey kept a rare ....


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Rocha Focuses On Football While Others Talk Points And Departures

Pompey's Ricardo Rocha is determined to end Pompey's long run without an away win by leading the Blues to success at Burnley on Saturday. But the build-up to the game has been overshadowed - both by talk of the future of certain members of the squad and fears over a points deduction. Tal Ben Haim looks set to leave Fratton soon - some will say that's no bad thing in the current circumstances ....


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Skipper Feels Sorry For Pompey's Fans And Boss

Pompey's captain believes the club are better-placed to cope with financial problems than they were last year. Liam Lawrence said the threat to the club's future caused by parent company CSI going into administration did not seem as serious as when the club itself was in administration and was at one point under threat of liquidation. Speaking as former rock star Brian Howe emerged as a ....


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Pompey To Be Joined In Bad Company?

It seems, according to Facebook, that Pompey's next investors have already made themselves known. Former Bad Company frontman Brian Howe, as well as American businessman Vince Wolanin attempted to buy the club back in 1997, however were outbid by Milan Mandaric. However, it seems that recently, interest in the club has been rekindled. Howe, who was born in Portsmouth, has been very outspoken of ....


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Why Pressure Will Be Off Pompey

Pompey will go to Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup under no pressure - and with as much chance of getting a result as they had when they went there in their Premier League days. While some fans were bemoaning the draw, saying any thoughts of a return to Wembley had gone already, Michael Appleton and Jason Pearce were both welcoming the tie. Meanwhile Appleton has been looking farther ....


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Five-year Plan? Pompey Boss Would Settle For A Five-day Plan Right Now

He started off with a five-year plan, but has taken not much more than five minutes to be forced into talking about taking things day by day. Pompey boss Michael Appleton has given an honest appraisal of his shock at this week's developments which have seen Pompey's owners go into administration following Vladimir Antonov's financial woes. Appleton admitted he didn't know where the five-year ....


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It's Not All Bad News For Pompey, Says Administrator

Just when you thought it was all bad news, along came Andrew Andronikou to deliver the good news. The administrator in charge of the CSI case says the Blues are not about to go under - and are in a much better position than the dark days of 2010 when the club themselves were in administration. Andronikou says there's no reason why Pompey should be deducted points and he is hopeful a new owner ....


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Business As Usual? For Pompey's Players, Perhaps, But Not The Rest Of Us

Last week Pompey said it was 'business as usual' despite Vladimir Antonov's unravelling financial problems. It might have been at the time, but it isn't now. Now Pompey's players are doing their best to take a similar 'keep calm and carry on' attitude which, admittedly, is about all they can do. as Convers Sports Initiatives, Pompey's owners, face up to administration, fans are wondering ....


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New Defender Is Upbeat Over Pompey - But There's Bad News Elsewhere

Fratton new boy Joe Mattock feels he is settling quickly into life with Pompey. He had a solid debut in the draw with Leicester and says the team are looking forward to improving in the coming weeks. The on-loan West Brom full-back arrived with the Blues last Thursday in a double deal that also brought midfielder George Thorne south. He admitted Pompey needed to get better after a below-par ....


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Two Players In. One Out. Owner Arrested. Business As Usual At Pfc!

Pompey owner Vladimir Antonov has been arrested in London and is being questioned over financial problems connected to Snoras Bank in Lithuania. The 36-year-old was arrested by City of London Police on Thursday after a warrant was issued on Wednesday. The news overshadowed a day of plenty of activity for Pompey in the loan market. And it casts a dark cloud over the build-up to Saturday's first ....


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Antonov's Troubles Are Water Under The Bridge To Pompey Fans...

Pompey fans are adopting a 'hoping for the best but fearing the worst' attitude after Lithuanian authorities issued an arrest warrant for one of the club's owners, Vladimir Antonov. Reaction to the latest development in the financial crisis gripping some of Antonov's interests has been mixed, but the overwhleming feeling from supporters is a weariness that they've seen it all before and won't be ....


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Home Help For Halford - But Will Blues Have A Thorne In Their Side?

Signing West Brom offcasts might not sound like the most inspirational way for a football club to move forward, but after their woeful defeat, Pompey could do a lot worse than look to Michael Appleton's old club for mid-season reinforcements. Greg Halford says Pompey's failure to pick up points in another away game, at Watford, means it is all the more important they turn in another winning ....


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Appleton Plans To Raid Baggies To Make His Pompey Fortune

Signing West Brom offcasts might not sound like the most inspirational way for a football club to move forward, but after their woeful defeat, Pompey could do a lot worse than look to Michael Appleton's old club for mid-season reinforcements. Speculation is mounting that Appleton will act quickly to strenthen his squad in the wake of his first-game disaster at Vicarage Road - and he has admitted ....


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Henderson: Appy Wasn't A Happy Chappy After Watford Loss

Stephen Henderson led the apologies to Pompey's fans after the team's latest awayday surrender - and said he did not want to say what Michael Appleton said to the players afterwards. The Blues were backed by more than 1,700 fans at Vicarage Road but as has so often been the case with Pompey down the years, a big following was not matched by a big performance. Henderson admitted the display was ....


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If You're Appy (at Pompey) And Know It Clap Your Hands

Michael Appleton says he can't wait for game number one of his Pompey reign. He is champing at the bit to get stuck into his first match as boss after a build-up lasting more than a week. In looking ahead to Saturday's trip to Watford, 'Appy' said he felt he was the manager of a 'proper' football club and one which clearly had very passionate fans. He's saying all the right things but knows he ....


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Csi Move To Allay Pompey Fans' Fears

The company which owns Portsmouth Football Club has moved to reassure fans in the wake of news the club's main shareholder has seen his bank effectively nationalised by the Lithuanian Government. CSI issued the statement after it emerged the Snoras bank, whose principal shareholder is Vladimir Antonov, the 85% owner of CSI, PFC's parent company, had gone into administration with several hundred million dollars unaccounted for. The full text of the statement read; 'In the light of the recent ....


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Pompey Look To Consult On Next Season's Prices

Pompey say there will be cheaper season tickets in parts of Fratton Park - but have stopped short of promising prices will go down for everyone. Chief executive David Lampitt says the club are doing what they can to boost attendances now and will look at initiatives in the summer to get even more people back to Fratton. Ticket prices are an obvious major factor in dwindling attendances at ....


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New Prices Are Just The Ticket To Woo Missing Fans

Pompey have made a major move to start driving up attendances in the second half of the season. Lower-cost half-season tickets are going on sale in an attempt to halt the decreasing numbers attending home games. Meanwhile Pompey appear in the box seat to sign a prospect currently plying his trade in the Conference South. ADVERTISEMENT Pompey are averaging home ....


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Appleton: Pompey Are Top-half Material

Michael Appleton begins managing Pompey's squad on Monday by telling them: You should be in the top half of the Championship. The new manager believes the top half is a reasonable target given the strength of the Blues' squad, and he is relishing the chance to get stuck into thr task of getting them there. He has been studying DVDs of recent games and is impressed at how they have done - but ....


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Appleton: My Backroom Team Is Already In Place

Michael Appleton's willingness to work with Pompey's existing backroom staff may have been a factor in him getting the manager's job. He has pledged not to bring in his own coaching staff and promised Stuart Gray and Guy Whittingham their Pompey futures are assured. And he has shot down talk he will look to bring any West Brom staff, such as ex-Pompey keeper Dean Kiely, with him to Fratton. His ....


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Michael's The Appleton Of Pompey's Eye

Exactly ten years to the day after suffering a serious training-ground injury which was to end his career, Michael Appleton will realise a long-held dream of sending a team out as a full-time, permanent manager. The 35-year-old will take charge of Pompey for the first time at Watford a decade on from an accidental collision with his then West Brom team-mate Des Lyttle that left him with a knee ....


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