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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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Defensive Effort Is Key To Pompey\'s Latest Victory On Road

Pompey assistant boss Joe Gallen saluted the whole team for the way they defended and laid the foundation for the Checkatrade Trophy win at Southend.An early header from Louis Dennis and a neat finish by Gareth Evans saw an inexperienced Blues team overcome Chris Powell\'s team at their Roots Hall home and move into the last eight of the competition many fans love to hate.Gallen picked out scorers Dennis and Evans for praise - as well as versatile youngster Dan Smith - but said it was a great ....

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Watch Out Southend... Here Comes The Fratton Fringe

The Fratton Fringe will get its chance to shine at Southend on Tuesday.Pompey boss Kenny Jackett plans to rest a number of his FA Cup heroes three days after their dramatic win at Norwich as he selects his team for the Checkatrade Trophy tie at Roots Hall.Youngsters like Matt Casey, Adam May, Dan Smith and Brad Lethbridge may get a chance to start, while first team squad members who have spent more time on the bench than on the pitch lately, like Christian Burgess and Louis Dennis, may also ....

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Jackett Admits Pompey\'s Late Winner At Norwich Might Not Have Happened

On a weekend when plenty of Premier League and Championship clubs went out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage, Pompyey\'s win at Norwich went largely under the radar.And that\'s absolutely fine by the Blues and their fans - who seem quite happy with the efforts of a team many others in their division have dubbed as nothing special and who even some in the Norwich camp were unimpressed by.If that\'s the best team in the League One... one Norwich observer said with not a little hint of sour ....

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Not Quite \'nothing To Lose\' For Pompey But Pressure Is Off At Norwich

Pompey head into a clash with Championship high flyers Norwich insisting the pressure is off.Despite their own successful season to date very few neutrals will expect the Blues to knock the Canaries off their perch and progress to the FA Cup\'s fourth round.Assistant manager Joe Gallen said the team were in good spirits after picking up nine points out of 12 over the Christmas / New Year period, and hinted they had little to lose in travelling to play a side from the division above.He told ....

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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: \'ĎI wasnít wanted at Millwall, I wasnít 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: \'Itís 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 Iím more worried about the fact we got a point. Iím 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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