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Forest's Steve Out Of A Job - But Pompey's Steve Isn't Being Blamed For Their Woes

Pompey's start to the season hasn't been a great deal better than that of Nottingham Forest, where Steve McLaren has paid the price with his job. But at Fratton, the Blues' latest loss - a 1-0 defeat at Leeds - has had skipper Liam Lawrence hurrying to defend boss Steve Cotterill and insisting: It's the players who must take the blame. Lawrence said 'game of two halves' performances from Pompey ....


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Pompey Aim To Be Pass Masters - And They Do Like It At Leeds

Anyone who thinks the Championship is an easy division to get out of would do well to cast their minds back to April 2004 when Pompey meet Leeds this weekend. That was when the Blues travelled to Elland Road in the Premier League - and Leeds have been trying to get back in the top tier since. They've even dropped down to League One in the intervening time - so anyone who thinks Pompey should be ....


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Benjani's Work-rate Isn't What It Used To Be

Steve Cotterill believes Benjani won't chase every ball in every game like he did in his first spell at Fratton - and says that can make him a better Blues player than he was before. The Fratton boss said the striker's work-rate was excellent but felt he had learned in the time had been away from the club that some balls were not worth chasing. Cotterill says Benjani's confidence will be ....


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Why There's No Blame Game At Pompey

Pompey's players have vowed not to play the blame game over the howlers that cost them the points against Peterborough. Jamie Ashdown let one shot slip through his fingers in a shaky first half before Erik Huseklepp's injury-time own goal sealed victory for Posh - three days after he had scored a similarly-timed winner for Pompey against Blackpool. But Hayden Mullins says the pair have the ....


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Dreams Of A Winning Run Spices Up Posh Clash For Pompey

Steve Cotterill is right that one win can change a team's fortunes dramatically - we will go a long way to finding out whether the victory over Blackpool will alter Pompey's destiny when they get back into home action against Peterborough on Tuesday night. Many have been quick to point out the defeat of the Tangerines came a year to the day after last season's first Championship victory, the 6-1 ....


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Wonder Goal Will Help No End As Erik Adjusts To Pompey Life

Pompey goal hero Erik Huseklepp admits he is still trying to get used to the high tempo of English football. His dramatic first goal for the Blues - a volleyed 94th minute winner against Blackpool on Saturday - will have put him well on the way to making his mark in the Championship. And the Norwegian has heaped praise on his team-mates and Pompey's fans for making him welcome on the south ....


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Cotterill Says Pompey Must Make Up For Letting Down Fans

Pompey manager Steve Cotterill has told restless fans: We want to get some wins on the board for you. The boss said last week's defeat at Hull was the first time his side had deserved to lose this season - and vowed they would go all out to put it right at home to Blackpool and Peterborough over the next few days. Cotterill said the players knew they had let themselves and the club down in the ....


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Players Want To Right Pompey Wrongs

Pompey's players are itching to get back on the pitch and repay the fans who suffered their woeful defeat at Hull by beating Blackpool. Aaron Mokoena says the back-to-back home games against Ian Holloway's side and Peterborough are massive for the Blues after they lost successive games on the road. Meanwhile Steve Cotterill insists that bad luck has been one of the factors in Pompey's low ....


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Pompey's Owners Refuse To Run Before They Can Walk (or Build Proper Toilets)

Sensible words outlining a sensible plan for growth - no, that's not a summary of what's happened so far at the Liberal Democrats' conference; it's what Pompey's latest owners have produced as they plot how their tenure will unfold. CSI have gone public on their proposals for Pompey and they have spoken of the high priority they are giving to improving the infrastructure of the club ahead of any ....


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Pompey Knew Hull's Strengths - And Failed To Snuff Them Out

Greg Halford held his hands up and admitted Pompey had only themselves to blame for coming home from Hull empty-handed. The defender said they knew Hull's strengths - and which foot Robert Koren could shoot with - but failed to do anything to stop the hosts hitting them where it hurt. Halford also accused the referee of making an error in sending off Luke Varney - saying the Blues coulsn't ....


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Repeat Of West Ham Effort Can Get Reward For Pompey At Hull

Pompey's trip to Hull is another tough - but no tougher than last week's visit to West Ham, says Steve Cotterill. The Fratton boss says his team acquitted themselves well at Upton Park and can gain reward from the KC Stadium if they do so again this weekend. He also said the spirit in the camp is as strong now as it was when the Blues went to Hull last year and played despite fearing the club ....


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How Man City Star Dzeko Can Inspire Pompey's New Team

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill says Edin Dzeko's emergence as a major threat for Manchester City this season is proof that his new-look Blues side should not be expected to achieve immediate success. Dzeko had a quiet start to his career at City but has been a revelation this term - and Cotterill says that is proof that even the best players need time to adjust to new surroundings and new ....


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Pompey Pay Tribute ... Defender Cleared ... Opponents On The Up

Pompey are pitching in to raise money for the families of the tragic Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team. The Blues, who are part-Russian owned, have agreed to help the plight of families hit by the tragedy by playing Rostov on Wednesday, October 5 at Fratton. It's Pompey's second major friendly of the season after they travelled to face Real Betis during the international ....


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What Was Pompey's Turning Point At West Ham? Not The Red Card...

Many felt Liam Lawrence's red card was the turning point of Pompey's defeat at West Ham - but goalscorer David Norris felt it was the unfortunate penlety that followed that really sealed their fate. The midfielder, who made it 2-2 by nodding home Erik Huseklepp's cross on the hour, was angry Jason Pearce was adjudged to have handled on the edge of the penalty area when the 'offence' didn't look ....


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Pompey Fit For Hammers - But Hammers Are Ready For Pompey

Pompey look like having a full squad to select from at West Ham after allaying worries over the availability of a number of key players. Hayden Mullins is set to be fit to face one of his former sides, while all but one of the Blues' internationals have reported being fine for duty after their midweek trips away. Steve Cotterill was on Thursday night still waiting to confirm Liam Lawrence's ....


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Ex-fratton Midfielder Will Be Gunning For Blues

Papa Bouba Diop is out to get West Ham's promotion bandwagon rolling by hel;ing defeat his old club Pompey. The midfielder, who played for the Blues from 2007 to 2010, has joined the Hammers after a spell in Greece that followed his departure from Fratton more than a year ago. The Senegal international reckons the Hammers - who host Pompey on Saturday looking to turn around their poor home form ....


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I'm Happy For Pompey's Season To Be A Big Learning Curve

Luke Varney says he is getting better - and reckons Pompey are too. The former Derby forward says the Blues are gradually gelling and fans will see them carry on improving as they get more games under their belts. Varney was speaking after Pompey's solid if unspectacular start to the season. He has had a mixed time, impressing many with his performances wide on the left and, on occasions, in a ....


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Pompey Boss Isn't Afraid To Tweak A Successful Defence

There hasn't been too much wrong with Pompey's defensive record so far this season, but Steve Cotterill still believes he needs to tinker to get his back-line operating at a higher standard. The Pompey boss says he has not yet settled on the personnel who make up his best back four. His comments came as he reviewed the first five games of the Blues' Championship season. ADVERTISEMENT ....


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Third Kit Revealed

Portsmouth's new third kit has been revealed, with the official unveiling on the club's official site as of Monday morning. The new strip features two halves of black and red, with red shorts and black socks - colours which have been long-awaited by fans' after the club announced there would be no white kit this season. ADVERTISEMENT You can see first official pictures of ....


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Csi Speak Out, But Ticket Prices Not On The Agenda

Convers Sports Initiatives finally broke their silence today, speaking to fans' of the club via a statement on the club's official website. Roman Dubov, Vladimir Antonov and Chris Akers were all mentioned at the bottom of the article, however it is believed Dubov and Akers are the ones pulling the strings at Fratton Park, more into football with Antonov spearheading the motor sport side of ....


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Pompey Chief Is Happy To See Out The Window

    Pompey have had a much better transfer window than last summer, says chief executive David Lampitt. He was content with their summer business even though there were no deadline-day moves for notable names to boost Steve Cotterill's squad. Lampitt says the Blues have added to the squad well over the summer and were never in a position where they would be ....


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It's More Of A Flat-line Day Than Deadline Day At Fratton

    Deadline day was more dead than line at Fratton Park as Pompey chose not to top up the 10 players added to the squad during the summer with any 11th-hour deals. Jed Wallace was the last man of the window to arrive after signing from Lewes around 24 hours before the window closed. Some fans will be disappointed the Blues did not join in the melee that ....


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One In At Pompey - But Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting For More

    Pompey have made one pre-deadline day signing - but anyone expecting a flurry of activity in the arrivals lounge would be better off going to Eastleigh and waiting for the Blues to return from their midweek trip to Spain. Hot prospect Jed Wallace is to sign a three-year deal at Fratton after impressing for Conference South outfit Lewes - after the player ....


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Pearce's Pompey Aim Is Simple

    Jason Pearce feels it's time for Pompey to start turning draws into wins - especially at Fratton Park. He was a key man as the Blues took a point from Cardiff on Saturday - their third draw in five league games played so far. The central defender signed from Bournemouth is content with the way Pompey have started the season, but says the team will be ....


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Play-off Talk Occupies Some, But Pompey Boss Isn't Looking So Far

    Luke Varney hasn't taken long to start talking about the play-offs - he's seen enough in his short time at Fratton to think them a realistic target for the Blues this season - but Steve Cotterill is not looking quite so far ahead as he prepares to welcome Cardiff to town. Instead, the international break next week is in the Pompey boss's sights and he ....


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