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Ronan Roars In To Save Pompey From Dropped Points As Dons Are Downed

Pompey kicked off the new year as they ended the old one - with a win.Where 2018 ended with a 5-2 triumph at Fleetwood, 2019 began with a 2-1 success at home to AFC Wimbledon. But it was not straightforward.They led through Jamal Lowe\'s goal for most of the game but only 15 minutes remained after Kwesi Appiah\'s brilliant strike levelled the scores.But the Blues stepped up their game after that and Ronan Curtis headed the winner fom Ben Thompson\'s cross in front of a relieved Fratton end.With ....


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Downing The Dons Will Be No Cakewalk For Pompey

Pompey begin 2019 top of the tree - but know any more slip-ups like the one that ruined Boxing Day will see one or more of their rivals pounce.Their lead was cut to a point after the December 26 loss at Gillingham but increased again to three points when their win at Fleetwood on Saturday was coupled with points dropped by Luton and Sunderland.New Year\'s Day brings a visit to Fratton of AFC Wimbledon and although Wally Downes\' team are near the wrong end of the table they have shown signs of ....


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Pompey Leave Cod Army Looking Like They\'ve Gone Fishing

Pompey don\'t always do things easily - and they certainly didn\'t at Fleetwood.After going one up through a brilliant Ben Thompson strike they found themselves 2-1 down at the break after conceding twice in the final six minutes of the first half - one of the goals a dubious penalty.But they turned on the style after the break - and after Fleetwood had gone down to 10 men - to score four and run out 5-2 winners.That means Pompey head into 2019 three points clear at the top of League One, with ....


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Pompey Man Of Moment: I Couldn\'t Have Asked For A Better Club To Join

Pompey fans certainly want Ben Thompson to stay at Fratton and not go back to Millwall, who may yet recall him in January. And maybe Thompson himself is keen to stay where he is - at least for the rest of the season.If his comments in the build-up to this weekend\'s visit to Fleetwood are anything to go by it seems the 23-year-old combative midfielder is loving life on the south coast.He told The News: \'I wasnt wanted at Millwall, I wasnt playing the games, I needed to come out and get the ....


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Sad Case Of Same Again For Pompey As Gills Beat Them Again

Kenny Jackett had a strong feeling of deja vu after seeing Pompey lose to Gillingham at Priestfield - feeling it had many similarities to the Gills\' win at Fratton in October.Goals by Josh Parker and Callum Reilly, the second from the spot, gave Steve Lovell\'s team their second 2-0 victory over the Blues this season, remarkable given that Pompey have only lost one other league game.Jackett felt his players had not done enough with their domination of possession and told the Pompey website: ....


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Pompey Triumphs Can Get Forgotten Quickly At Christmas

Pompey notched a famous pre-Christmas win in front of their own fans when they beat Sunderland 3-1 on Saturday.But at Christmas, games come thick and fast and by this time next week the Blues will be another three games further on in their hunt for promotion from League One.If they don\'t follow the home victory over the Black Cats with some measure of success in a festive treble bill at Gillingham and Fleetwood and at home to AFC Wimbledon, then those second-half heroics will be ....


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Three Goals In 18 Minutes Show Sunderland That Pompey Are The League One Bosses

A whirlwind start to the second half was enough for Pompey to put Sunderland in their place at a rocking Fratton Park.Three Pompey goals, one for Sunderland and a pivotal red card for the visitors all arrived within the first 18 minutes of the second period and enabled the Blues to open up an eight-point gap between them and the Black Cats.It was a superb display by Pompey and they ran away with it from the start of the second half when Glenn Loovens was sent off for fouling a clean-through Oli ....


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Pompey\'s Black Cats Tale Is Difficult To Predict

Kenny Jackett might be insistent that Pompey\'s clash with Sunderland is no more important than their games against Gillingham and Fleetwood, but the vast majority of the 19,000 inside Fratton Park on Saturday will think otherwise.It feels like Pompey\'s biggest game for several years, pitting the League One leaders against the challengers that many still rate as favourites for the title.Of course there is half a season to play, so defeat for either Pompey or Sunderland this weekend will mean ....


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Gillingham And Fleetwood Games Are As Big As Sunderland Clash For Pompey

Kenny Jackett says Pompey\'s game with Sunderland is no more important than their Christmas week visits to Gillingham and Fleetwood.Some may disagree, with Pompey top and Sunderland among the pack of chasing clubs. But Jackett is not seeking to downplay its importance - just stress that EVERY game is important with the position Pompey are in.He told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'Its a great game. When Sunderland came down into League One, everyone was looking to when they played them. Both clubs ....


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Pompey Point More Important Than Another Goal For Evans

Gareth Evans intends to carry on rivalling Pompey\'s forwards for the leading scorer title.His goal in Saturday\'s 1-1 draw at Barnsley was his eighth of the season, putting him level with Jamal Lowe at the top of the Pompey charts. Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis have netted seven each.Evans told the Pompey website: \'You always set yourself a target at the start of the season and hopefully I can reach that, but Im more worried about the fact we got a point. Im glad that my goal has contributed ....


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Thank Evans For A Pompey Lead - But Barnsley Hit Back

Pompey would have had mixed feelings as they headed home from Barnsley - content with a point at the home of a promotion rival but wondering if they might have had all three points after leading at the interval.Gareth Evans\' goal put Kenny Jackett\'s men a couple of minutes before the interval after he seized on a poor defensive clearnace to control the ball and fire home, but Cauley Woodrow levelled just after the hour.After that Barnsley had plenty of pressure but Pompey looked dangerous on ....


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Pompey Head For Oakwell Test In Confident Mood

Pompey face another big test of their promotion credentials when they travel to Barnsley.The Tykes are sixth in the table and will be keen to do as Charlton did on Tuesday and topple the team who are six points clear at the top.The Blues are still unbeaten on the road but know Barnsley will give them one of their stiffest tests of the season so far at Oakwell - where the hosts are unbeaten, with five wins and four draws to their name in nine outings.Blues midfielder Tom Naylor told the club ....


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Pompey Boss Keen To Find Out Difference Between League One And Championship

A run of three games against fellow promotion contenders didn\'t start well for Pompey on Tuesday night - but Kenny Jackett is still relishing the second and third legs of the treble.Charlton ended the Blues run of eight straight wins with their 2-1 win at Fratton - adding to the pressure on Jackett and his men to get some return from a trip to Barnsley and a home clash with Sunderland.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'Theyre great games, with both sides having come down from the Championship ....


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Pompey Have A Night To Forget As Addicks Inflict Second Defeat

A second defeat of the season stopped Pompey from completing their best post-World War II run of straight wins - and prevented them extending their lead at the top of League One.On a night when the Blues were left raging over a number of officials\' decisions, they were undone by two first-half goals - and unable to claw back a point despite a spirited second half fightback.They lost midfielder Ben Thompson to a late red card but may appeal against it, with video evidence showing it was very ....


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Some Take The Fa Cup Lightly - Not Jackett And Pompey

Some League One and League Two teams seem to see FA Cup defeats as a relief - a chance to focus on their league campaigns.It\'s an odd outlook, at least as far as most fans are concerned, and there\'ll be no such approach from Pompey as head to Rochdale for their second round tie at Spotland on Sunday afternoon.Manager Kenny Jackett said the Blues were taking the cup seriously and wanted to get through to set up a potential tie with a big club in round three.He told the club website: \'It is ....


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They\'re All Getting Goals - But Curtis Is Glad To Be Among Them

After a scintillating goalscoring start to the season, Ronan Curtis had struggled for goals for the past few weeks. So he was relieved to end his own recent drought with the vital second goal in Pompey 2-0 win over Walsall.It took him to seven for the season - meaning he is level at the top of the Blues scoring charts with Jamal Lowe (who set him up for his latest one), Gareth Evans and Oli Hawkins - they have seven each.He told the club website: \'Thankfully the ball came to me at the right ....


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It Could Have Been More - But Pompey Are Content To Sink Saddlers

Kenny Jackett praised his hard-working Pompey team after they notched their third straight League One victory to maintain their four-point lead at the top.The Blues boss felt the team could have scored more, but was content to see strikes from Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis see off the mid-table visitors.Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We had to work hard and Walsall had one or two chances but we had more. The big opportunity for them was right at the start of the second half when ....


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Pompey Fans Buzzing More Than Usual For Walsall Visit

We can\'t predict too much about what will happen when Pompey host Walsall on Tuesday night - but we do know that the Blues will end the night still top of League One.That\'s because Saturday\'s win at Scunthorpe, added to points dropped by rivals, moved Kenny Jackett\'s men four points clear at the top. They\'ve had bigger leads at the summit before now and will be only too aware the gap will soon be narrowed by one or more of the chasing pack if any slip-ups occur.Pompey have been in better ....


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Win At Scunthrope Shows Pompey\'s Progress Perfectly

Kenny Jackett hailed his side for coming through a physical test to chalk up their eighth away league win of the season.The 2-1 win at Scunthorpe, coupled with rivals slipping up, took Pompey\'s lead at the top of League One to four points ahead of Tuesday\'s home clash with Walsall.Jackett told the club website: \'I thought we deserved the victory, although there were a succession of free-kicks after they got one back. Scunthorpe are a big team probably the biggest side that weve played so ....


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Pompey Told: Scunthorpe Better Than 17th Place Suggests

Pompey head to Scunthorpe aiming to avoid their usual fate there - but manager Kenny Jackett is expecting a stiff test.He does not want his players to be fooled by the Iron\'s position in the bottom half of the League One table - saying there are a number of teams below halfway who are good sides and who can be expected to have an upturn in form soon.The Blues will arrive at Glanford Park two points clear at the top of the table, while Scunthorpe are 17th, having won only five of their 18 games ....


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Liverpool Await Pompey\'s Young Guns In Cup

Pompey\'s youngsters have set up a visit to Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup.They are on their way to face the young Reds after progressing to the third round of the Cup with a 4-0 win over Cray at Bromley.They went ahead on 11 minutes when a Leon Maloney shot drew an error from the Cray keeper and Bradley Lethbridge seized on it to convert.Maloney turned from assister to scorer just before the half-hour to make it 2-0 - winning a penalty when tripped in the box, and converting it himself.Cray did ....


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On The Fringes - But Your Fratton Big-game Chance Will Come

Pompey fringe man Louis Dennis has been assured his big-game chance will come if he keeps performing as he did against Spurs\' youngsters.The former Bromley attacker was one of the key men as the Blues beat Tottenham U21s 3-2 in the Checkatrade and assistant boss Joe Gallen took notice.Gallen told The News: \'Louis Dennis has got a lot of talent and I think he is itching for an opportunity. Around the box, when the ball drops to him, he moves the ball so freely and naturally and drops a few ....


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Adaptability Is The Key As Pompey Overcome Spurs Starlets

Joe Gallen expressed his delight at Pompey\'s come-from-behind win over Tottenham\'s under-21s in the EFL Trophy - and said the victory showed they had a squad who could adapt to different challenges.Pompey won 3-2 after going behind in the first half, with Andre Green, Gareth Evans and Oli Hawkins on target. It left them top of their group and looking at a home game in the last 32.Gallen told the club website: \'Tottenham played in a different fashion to what were used to in League One and it ....


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We Want To Win - But We Want To Give Plenty A Chance

Kenny Jackett aims the balance a chance to give fringe and young players a run-out with a desire to win when Spurs under-21s visit Fratton Park in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening.The manager revealed that Andre Green would start - and he may not be the only unfamiliar face in the starting XI.Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'Weve already qualified, but a win or a draw means well finish top and get a home draw in the next round, which is what we want.\'Its a good opportunity ....


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Professional Pompey Impress The Viewers - And The Boss

Pompey moved pretty effortlessly into round two of the FA Cup as they beat Maidenhead 4-0 at York Road - leaving most observers impressed with their professionalism.Goals from Ben Thompson, Oli Hawkins, Jamal Lowe and sub David Wheeler saw off a brave challenge from their National League hosts and put Pompey\'s name into the machine for the second round draw, which takes place on Monday night.Boss Kenny Jackett felt it was a job well done. He told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We want to progress ....


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