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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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Diarra: 'i Adored My Time With Harry, But There's No Deal With Spurs'

    Fornmer Pompey midfielder Lassana Diarra has declared he loved his time in England - especially at Pompey. The Real Madrid midfielder has been linked with a move to Spurs, where he would join up with his former boss Harry Redknapp. However, a deal has not yet been agreed. In fact, Diarra inists he is more likely to stay at the Bernebeu. Diarra signed ....

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Cotterill Plots Final Signings Push But Refuses To Panic

    Pompey boss Steve Cotterill still hopes to add three players to his squad before the transfer window closes next week and he hinted they could all be loans. However, Cotterill is refusing to panic and is happy to bide his time and use the emergency loan system if needed. Pompey have been linked of late with free agent Jimmy Bullard, although the chances ....

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Wolves To Rival Pompey And Ipswich For Bullard?

    Wolves are the latest club to be linked with free agent Jimmy Bullard and the lure of the Premier League might scupper Pompey's hopes of signing the midfielder. Bullard was given a free transfer by Hull City after an unspecified incident on a pre-season tour of Slovakia. Ipswich - where the 32-year-old spent part of last season on loan - and Pompey were among the early teams linked with him. ADVERTISEMENT But according to The ....

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Huseklepp Hits Ground Running - But When Will He Get A Pompey Start?

    Steve Cotterill has admitted Erik Huseklepp’s Pompey debut was a reason for great hope for Pompey fans – but says the burgeoning size of his squad means he does not have to rush him into a regular starting spot. The Norwegian was on the field for only six minutes plus injury time at the end of the 0-0 draw at Bristol City on Saturday but it ....

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Cotterill Backs His Blues Bullies To Toughen Up Erik.

    Pompey boss Steve Cotterill believes his side can bully Erik Huseklepp into being a Championship hit. The Norwegian forward is set to join the Blues, subject to international clearance and football league ratification, for a fee of around £1.7million. Huseklepp has an impressive goalscoring tally for his country, finding the back of the net six ....

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Pompey Boss's Message To Striker Proves Crucial

Steve Cotterill has revealed how he told Dave Kitson to forget a first-half missed sitter against Reading and get back in the penalty area - only for the striker to do exactly thatand win the game for Pompey. Kitson's confidence looked low before the break after he missed one good opportunity and lost possession a number of times against his old club, but he obeyed his manager, scored the winner ....

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Huseklepp 'to Be Unveiled At Thursday Press Conference'

    Pompey will unveil new signing Erik Huseklepp at a press conference on Thursday according to the Norwegian media. The newspaper BA claims that the formalities of Huseklepp's move, including his medical and agreeing his contract, have been completed. However, the waiting Scandanavian press were kept well away from Pompey's Wellington training ground as ....

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Huseklepp Set For Pompey Medical

    Erik Huseklepp is set to have a medical at Fratton Park. The offcial website of his club Bari confirmed the news late this afternoon, but a deal is yet to be sealed. Pompey are believed to be in pole position to land the 26-year-old Norway international, but despite the fact he is having a medical and discuss personal terms, he has not signed for the club. His agent has been playing down rumours that he has already signed, but the player seems to be ....

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Updated; 'huseklepp Between Pompey, Saints And Celtic' Italian Sources

    On Tuesday morning Erik Huseklepp was being announced as a Pompey player by the Italian media, but it seems the deal may be a little more complicated than that. The Norwegian international striker has been linked with a move to Fratton Park since last week and the Sky Sports 24 - sister station of Sky Sports in England - had been reporting that the deal has been done. Howvever, the latest information from Italy suggests that there could be a three-way ....

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