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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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'huseklepp To Join Portsmouth' - Italian Sources

    Sources in Italy are reporting that Erik Huseklepp is joining Pompey for a fee of around 2.1 million euros. 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 - is reporting that the deal has been done. Huseklepp didn't feature in Bari's 1-0 ....

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Pompey Told: Let's Cut Out Unacceptable Home Losses

    Pompey must cut out 'unacceptable' home defeats and get their league season up and running with a Fratton victory over Reading on Tuesday. That's the view of Aaron Mokoena, who believes that although the result was wrong against Brighton, the performance was much better than against Barnet - which, in fairness, it would have had a job not to be. Mokoena ....

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New Eras Are Order Of The Day As Pompey Welcome Seagulls

    Last time Brighton and Hove Albion were in town for a league game, they came up against a rampant Pompey team who were just entering a new era, one spearheaded by Paul Merson, Harry Redknapp, Svetoslav Todorov and the rest of the class of 2002-03. Nine years on it's the Seagulls who appear to have the same sort of momentum and carefree outlook the Blues ....

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Pompey Linked With Serie A Striker

    Reports in the Norwegian press suggest Pompey are close to signing 26-year-old Norway striker Erik Huseklepp, who currently plays for Italian side Bari. The aftenposten.no website reports that Huseklepp's agent has been in England to negotiate the deal and that Pompey have discussed the terms of a deal with the Serie A club. Huseklepp joined Bari in January, but it is understood he has a £1.5m release clause in his contract. With two goals in ....

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Honest Skipper Tells Pompey What He Thinks Of Cup Exit

  While Steve Cotterill was enraging some with his take on Pompey's Carling Cup humilitation at the hands of Barnet - saying it was no tragedy - skipper Liam Lawrence was coming out with a more frank and refreshing assessment of the performance. Lawrence said the Blues were rubbish and revealed the players and management had some frank exchanges of views in their hour-long inquest ....

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Pompey Teamsheet Against Barnet Will Show Why Player Hunt Goes On

    Steve Cotterill spoke of his determination to carry on adding to Pompey' squad as he prepared his men for the visit of Barnet in the Carling Cup. The Fratton boss says he began building for 2011-12 two days after a visit to Scunthorpe ended 2010-11 and hasn't finished yet, which will be music to the ears of fans concerend the squad still lacks any sort ....

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Striker Hails Pompey Boss After First-day Rescue Act

    Luke Varney believes Steve Cotterill's motivational skills and the talent they have in their admittedly-small squad can take the club a long way this season. The former Derby man was impressed at how his new team-mates salvaged a point when all seemed lost in the opening game at Middlesbrough on Saturday and is eager to build on the point as the Blues ....

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Pompey Boss Says Varney Goal Brought Just Reward

    Steve Cotterill says Pompey's late equaliser was no more than they deserved in the deluge at Middlesbrough. The Blues boss was delighted to see new signings David Norris and Luke Varney each pull Pompey level in the second half of a heavy rain-hit affair at the Riverside which ended 2-2. ADVERTISEMENT Cotterill told the Pompey ....

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Can We Make The Play-offs? Pompey Fans Have Their Say

    Pompey fans seem confident their side aren't going to be in any danger this season - and a significant proportion think they might just challenge for the play-offs.. A survey of more than 200 fans on truebluearmy.com revealed that 47% of fans thought the team, who start the season on Saturday at Middlesbrough, would end up 'solidly in mid-table'. Around ....

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Ex-scotland International Training With Pompey

    Former Scotland international Christian Dailly is training with Pompey. The 37-year-old centre back is out-of-contract having been released by Charlton Athletic last season. Dailly is good friends with new Pompey first team coach Stuart Gray and is using the connection to keep himself fit for the new season. It remains to be seen whether the player will be offered a contract. ADVERTISEMENT Dailly is an experienced ....

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Pompey Suffer Double Blow Over Striker And Defender

    Pompey appear ready to drop their pursuit of Martin Paterson after another bid for the striker was rejected by Burnley. This time it seems an offer of £2.5m was rejected by the Clarets, but although Steve Cotterill is prepared to turn his attentions elsewhere he must be concerned he has still to make further additions to his attacking options with ....

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Halford: Pompey Are Bigger Than Wolves

    Pompey defender Greg Halford has claimed Portsmouth are a bigger club than his former club Wolves and backed Steve Cotterill's management style, saying it has brought the best out of him. Halford spent last season on loan at Fratton Park, but returned to Molineux at the end of the season. Pompey signed him permanently in July as Wolves sought to raise ....

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Pompey Fans Pay The Price For Their Match-day Experience

    Pompey are already in the Championship red zone - when it comes to the price of a day out at Fratton Park. A survey by the BBC has revealed (click here to see the full table) that a typical match-day experience at Pompey costs £33.50 - second only to recently West Ham who charge punters £40.30 for a ticket, programme, pie and a cup of ....

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Pompey Win - But There's No Sign Of The First Team

    Pompey declined the opportunity to give some of their first-team squad members an extra run-out before Saturday's big kick-off at the Riverside when an Academy team went to Dorchester for a friendly. Only Ryan Williams and Lewis Stockford of those who have been mentioned in terms of first-team squad contenders had a role in Dorset in a game the Blues won ....

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Why New Pompey Keeper Owes A Debt To Jamo

    Stephen Henderson has revealed the role David James played in his move to Pompey. The man who is out to depose Jamie Ashdown as the Blues' No1 sought James' advice about a switch to Fratton - and discovered the England keeper had contacted Pompey with a personal reference for his Bristol City squad-mate. Henderson spoke about James' influence as Pompey ....

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