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Pompey Aim For Third - And Reckon No-one Will Want Them In The Play-offs

Pompey have put the disappointment of missing automatic promotion behind them and are ready to get on with the job of securing third place in League One.So says assistant boss Joe Gallen as the squad prepare to take on Accrington at Fratton Park and then find out who they will face in the play-off semi-finals. If they can win this last regular league game and end third, they will play Doncaster or Peterborough over two legs.Gallen told the Pompey website: \'There was a lot of disappointment on ....

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A Change Is As Good As A Rest For Pompey

Kenny Jackett admitted it needed a change of formation to bring about Pompey\'s success at Shrewsbury.The Shrews had the best of the opening half hour but tactical changes got Pompey on top and they went on to win 2-0 courtesty of goals by Ben Close and Brett Pitman.It moved them up to third in the table, still four points behind second-placed Barnsley.Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'It was hard-fought and the first 25 minutes really did belong to Shrewsbury, with our keeper making one ....

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Momentum At The Meadow - That\'s What Pompey Need

Pompey head to Shrewsbury this weekend looking - needing in fact - to keep up their recently rediscovered momentum to keep up the pressure on the three sides above them in the League One promotion race.Wins over Bradford, Walsall and Scunthorpe have breathed new life into the Blues\' efforts to finish in the top two, with Barnsley currently four points ahead of them going into Saturday\'s games.Confidence is high in the Pompey camp as they travel to New Meadow to face the Shrews - one of about ....

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What Does Pompey Boss Jackett Think Is Unbelievable?

It\'s as fierce a battle to stay up as you could imagine in League One - and Pompey still have to face a handful of the teams involved.Just three points separate 10 clubs from Plymouth, who are 12th, to Walsall, who sit 21st, going into this weekend\'s games.Shrewsbury, who host Pompey this weekend, are in the thick of that group in 18th place and the fact that so many teams will be desperately fighting for points, not just counting down to the end of the season, is not lost on Jackett.He told ....

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Who Said Let\'s Take It A Game At A Time? Pompey Star Evans Almost Did...

Gareth Evans didn\'t quite say \' we\'ll take it a game at a time\' after Pompey beat Scunthorpe - but it\'s what he meant.A run of three wins from four have put the Blues back in with a shout of automatic promotion after a winless run of eight league games appeared to have left it out of reach.Evans was instrumental in the second half show against the Iron that earned another three points, though it was Omar Bogle and Jamal Lowe who got the goals.Evans told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We had to ....

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Pompey Can Still Get 95 Points - And That Is What Boss Is Focusing On

Kenny Jackett is looking up not down after Pompey closed the gap on the top two with a patient victory over Scunthorpe at Fratton Park.Goals by Omar Bogle and Jamal Lowe in the final 20 minutes earned the Blues\' third win in four and left them four points behind Barnsley, who currently occupy the second promotion spot.Jackett is eyeing up the 24 points Pompey still have to play for - starting with a trip to Shrewsbury next Saturday.He told the Pompey website: \'It was a hard-earned result, but ....

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Pompey Can Still Think About Second Place - But Need To Beat The Iron

The race for second place got a little more interesting as Barnsley ended the week with two points from six by drawing 0-0 at Doncaster. On Saturday it will get more interesting still if Pompey can overcome Scunthorpe at Fratton Park.A week ago it felt like all hope of catching the Tykes and, in top spot, the Hatters were all bit over as the Blues succumbed rather meekly at The Valley.But the midweek win at Walsall - brought about by goals from three forward players reinstated to the starting ....

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Pompey\'s Attacking Shake-up Gets Its Reward

Kenny Jackett shook things up in attack as Pompey looked to put defeat at Charlton behind them at Walsall - and it paid dividends.As well as losing Ronan Curtis to a freak finger injury the boss also dropped Gareth Evans and Oli Hawkins, with Brett Pitman, Omar Bogle and Viv Solomon-Otabor all coming into the starting line-up.It worked a treat with the three who came in all scoring, and Pitman in particular outstanding in earning Pompey their first away win in League One in 2019.Pitman fired ....

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Pompey Back At Their Second Home (wembley) After Bury Are Buried

Pompey are off to Wembley - at least once.It remains to be seen whether a trip to the national stadium will result if Pompey end up in the play-offs, but they will be there on the final day of March in the competition many fans love to hate, the Checkatrade.They reached the final with a 3-0 win at Bury, with second half goals from Gareth Evans, Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis dumping Bury out at Gigg Lane.Kenny Jackett selected his first choice side, a much stronger line-up than the one seen in ....

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Pompey Have Got One Factor Back - But They Do Need To Start Winning

Kenny Jackett was delighted to see Pompey\'s energy return in the 0-0 draw with Barnsley - now he just wants some wins to go with it.The Pompey boss was heartened by the Blues\' performance in the Fratton clash with the Tykes, although it was a fifth straight league draw and an eighth one without a win.The manager told the club website: \'We got forward more than we have in recent times and got better service to our wide players. That’s our game – to give constructive passes to those guys and ....

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Pompey 0 Barnsley 0: Could We Be Part Of The Race For Second Place?

I remember working out after we beat AFC Wimbledon on New Year\'s Day that we had 20 games left, and if we could win 11 of them we\'d have enough points (90) to be sure of automatic promotion. It almost seemed too easy.Nearly two months on, we\'ve not managed one of those 11 wins. We\'ve managed a measly five points from five successive draws (and incidentally, when was the last time that happened?) which followed three straight defeats.Using the same maths, we\'d now need 28 points from the ....

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Pompey Are Hard To Beat But Lacking Quality, Says The Boss

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett is under no illusions his team need to build new momentum if they\'re to get enough wins between now and the end of the season to win promotion.He was speaking ahead of Saturday\'s visit to Fratton Park of Barnsley - currently the team the Blues need to catch if they\'re to make the top. The gap is five points going into Saturday\'s tussle.Jackett has seen his team draw four league games in a row - that after three league defeats - and he knows those need to turn into ....

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Jackett Shows Faith In The Pompey Players Who Got The Team To Top Spot

Kenny Jackett defended his team selection for Pompey\'s game with Bristol Rovers - which ended up as their seventh straight league game without a win.He told The News he had wanted to field as close as was possible to the team who had taken the club to the top of League One earlier in the season.Pompey needed a second half own goal to save them after Rovers had taken a first half lead through Jonson Clarke-Harris\'s penalty. The same player missed a secons penalty when it was 1-1.Jackett\'s ....

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Southend\'s Cox In The Box Makes Sloppy Pompey Pay

Three up and cruising - then almost glad to hear the final whistle so Southend didn\'t have time to get a winner. That was the story of Pompey\'s visit to Roots Hall - one they will want to forget in a hurry.Goals in the first 31 minutes by Bryn Morris, Ben Close and Oli Hawkins seemed to Pompey well on their way to their first league win in six.But Simon Cox\'s hat-trick had them heading home with just a point - and losing more ground on the top two, Luton and Barnsley, who both won.Morris ....

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They\'re Fourth - Now Pompey Need To Be Forthright

Pompey head to Southend in fourth place - a scenario that would have seemed far-fetched for mid-February just a few short weeks ago when they went to Roots Hall and won 2-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy.At that time they were going along nicely in top spot and progressing in two cup competitions. But since, they\'ve chalked up only two draws and three defeats from five league matches and bowed out of the FA Cup.So it is that this trip to Essex has become a huge one in their efforts to finish in the ....

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Are Green Shoots Already Visible For Pompey?

Kenny Jackett believes Pompey are showing signs of recovery.They have drawn their past two League One games - against Doncaster and Plymouth - and have performed reasonably well in the two FA Cup ties against QPR since back to back league defeats to Blackpool and Oxford.But the manager knows the Blues need wins if they\'re to get their promotion challenge properly back on track.A hectic couple of weeks starts at Southend and Saturday\'s lunchtime kick-off. Pompey then host Bristol Rovers and ....

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Pompey Boss Anxious To Return To Days Of Consistency

Kenny Jackett has told his Pompey troops to rediscover the consistency that served them so well in the first half of the season.A 1-1 draw with Doncaster stopped a run of league defeats but meant they slipped out of the top two for the first time since August.Omar Bogle\'s second goal in two appearances rescued a point after Rovers led 1-0 at half-time but Jackett was honest about the need for the Blues to find their form again quickly.He told the Pompey website: \'It does end our losing run in ....

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Pressure Is On Pompey - But Who Will Be Tasked With Lifting It?

There are two big questions to be answered as Pompey welcome Doncaster to Fratton Park this weekend. How will Kenny Jackett incorporate his new recruits into the team and squad, and can the Blues withstand the pressure that three straight league defeats have brought?Pompey host Rovers having been not only knocked off the top of League One by Luton but having been left five points behind the Hatters by Tuesday night\'s 3-2 defeat at Kenilworth Road.It\'s not many weeks since Pompey had the ....

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Luton Loss Is Not One To File Away And Forget For Pompey

Pompey won\'t brush their defeat at Luton under the carpet.It was their third league reverse on the spin and boss Kenny Jackett says they have to accept it and do their utmost to end the losing sequence when Doncaster visit Fratton Park on Saturday.Second half goals by Ronan Curtis and debut-making Omar Bogle twice had Pompey cancelling out a Luton lead - only for the Hatters to win it late on with a contentious George Moncur free kick.Jackett told the club website: \'We fought back well and ....

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Forget Cup Excitement - Luton Trip Is What It\'s Really All About For Pompey

Pompey have so many cup games coming at them at the moment they might just need reminding which division of the Football League they\'re in before they head to Luton on Tuesday night.Their progress to the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy and an FA Cup fourth-round draw with QPR have taken up much of their time of late, not to mention a looming transfer deadline day and the arrival today on loan of striker Omar Bogle.But the reason for the season remains the same - forget cups, Pompey are ....

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Pompey 1 Qpr 1: An Afternoon That Proved One In The Eye For Those Who Want The Fa Cup Killed Off

Some people will have you believe the FA Cup is on its last legs. Some have been trying to convince others of this for a good few years. Some want it scrapped and a new competition devised to replace it.They\'re all wrong and misguided, of course. I\'ve thought all along they were wrong. I thought before Pompey took on QPR (for the first time in the competition, by the way, despite having had 223 campaigns between them). And after an afternoon in the Fratton wind and rain, I\'m more convinced ....

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Weakened Teams In The Fa Cup Aren\'t Always What They Seem...

As always there is plenty of debate about which clubs will field weakened teams in the FA Cup in order to keep one eye on league progress. But if Pompey do so against QPR, it will have more to do with who\'s unavailable than any move to protect star men.Kenny Jackett has lost all four summer loan signings, leaving him a little short in midfield and wide areas, and is without Jamal Lowe, who is suspended. It means the Blues team who will take on the Hoops at a packed Fratton Park almost picks ....

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Jackett Lays Down Oxford Challenge After Pompey Let Standards Slip

Pompey have tended to bounce back well from defeat this season - and Kenny Jackett says they must show their character to do so again at Oxford next Saturday.His challenge follows one of the Blues\' worst displays of the season at home to Blackpool, which ended with Chris Long\'s 75th-minute goal condemning them to their third home league loss of the season.Pompey are still four points clear at the top thanks to Luton and Sunderland drawing, but the Fratton fans went home knowing it could have ....

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It\'s Tough At The Top, But It\'s Where Pompey Aim To Stay

Matt Clarke wants his team-mates to remember there is no room for standards to slip in their League One promotion bid.Pompey head into the first league weekend of 2019 five points clear at the summit, but they know it\'s a gap that will soon close if they don\'t keep picking up victories.Blackpool head south this week with their manager Terry McPhliips insisting all the pressure is on the Pompey in the fixture, and Clarke was quick to say the Blues must take the visitors seriously.Clarke told ....

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Pompey\'s Visitors Are Play-off Contenders, Says Boss

Kenny Jackett believes Pompey will be taking on a team with a genuine chance of making the play-offs when they host Blackpool on Saturday.The Tangerines have slipped to 11th in recent weeks but are still only 10 points off the play-off zone.Jackett leads Pompey into the game on the back of knockout wins over Norwich and Southend and told the club website: \'The cup competitions help you in different ways, such as with confidence and the development of the club. But the league is our number one ....

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