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Cotterill Promises 'we'll Be Up For Swansea'

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill can't wait for the season to end - but his side still have four more games, with something at stake in each of them. And he promised Pompey would be up for the challenge, starting with Saturday's visit of Swansea City. The Welsh side are now outsiders for an automatic promotion slot and need a win at Fratton Park to consolidate their play-off ....

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Utaka: 'i Could Have Joined Sunderland Or West Ham'

Former Pompey star John Utaka has revealed he could have joined West Ham or Sunderland in the January transfer window, but has no regrets about opting for Ligue 1 side Montpellier instead. Nigeria international Utaka (29) left Fratton Park in the transfer window as the cash-strapped Championship club looked to cut its wagebill. But Utaka had already decided the club ....

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Pompey Running On Empty - But Determined To End On A Home High

Steve Cotterill spoke of his frustration at Pompey's latest defeat - but says he wants his players to get fired up for the two home matches that will help them sign off from a stressful season. The Blues have promotion-chasing pair Swansea and Norwich coming to Fratton in the next fortnight and Cotterill doesn't want the campaign to end with a whimper. But he has admitted many of his players are ....

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Pompey Striker Tipped To Get Back To His Best

Steve Cotterill has backed Danny Webber to rediscover his goal touch once he has a few games under his belt. The striker made his first start for more than a year in the defeat to Coventry and despite him missing one or two decent chances, the former Sheffield United man’s display was one of the evening’s bright spots. Advertisement Cotterill was ....

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Defender Criticised As Pompey Urged To Go For Strong End To Season

Aaron Mokoena has been slammed for the ‘ridiculous’ defending which cost Pompey the chance of victory against Preston. His offside trap gamble backfired to gift Preston the opening goal – and he has been told he should know better. Meanwhile, with chances of a play-off spot almost over, one of his team-mates has already started to look towards next season – and says what ....

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Midfielder Says Pompey Can Still Revive Unlikely Play-off Dream

Most have given up hope, but Jonathan Hogg still believes Pompey can revive their play-off dream if they beat Coventry at Fratton Park on Tuesday night. They're nine points off sixth place with only six to play and will probably need to win all their remaining matches if they're to sneak into the play-offs. But Hogg was looking on the bright side after helping the Blues to a point against ....

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Results Still Matter To Pompey, But Perhaps They Matter More To Preston

A glance at the Championship table tells you Pompey's clash with Preston at Fratton Park is more important to North End than the Blues - unless, that is, you go along with the theory that Pompey can still make the play-offs. A home win here and they could be as little as three points off a play-off spot. But it's still a long shot - longer odds, surely, than those which give Preston of avoiding ....

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Pompey Deal 'is Close' - But Fans Question Whether It Really Is

A mixture of cynicism and curiousity has greeted news that Pompey are on the verge of having yet more new owners. Reports say Russian-backed Convers Sports Initiatives are close to buying out Balram Chainrai and Co - but we have been here before and it will take the deal to be done for many to be convinced PFC are passing into new hands. Advertisement Some reports ....

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I'll Be Back Again Next Year (at Pompey ... Perhaps)

On-loan defender Ritchie de Laet says he would love to return to Pompey next season if his situation at Manchester United allows. The Belgian says he is loving life at Fratton and has never known team spirit like he has found here. That's one bit of good news for Pompey - another is that Liam Lawrence has declared himself fit for the end of the season, allaying fears he had picked up a knee ....

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Pompey Comeback Star: It's So Good To Be Back

Danny Webber has told of his delight at making his comeback just over a year after being sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury. The striker was a surprise substitute and came on in the second half at Reading, and will now be anxious to get more minutes under his belt in Pompey’s final seven games. Advertisement Webber said: ‘It was a good feeling ....

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Midfielder Targets Pompey Wins Over Preston And Coventry

Jonathan Hogg reckons Pompey can revive their fading play-off hopes with back-to-back wins in next week's home games against Preston and Coventry. The on-loan midfielder admitted losing at Reading was a big setback but he does not believe their hopes of finishing in the top six are over just yet. Hogg blamed the host of missed chances for the Blues' failure to register a return from the trip to ....

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Pompey Play-off Ambitions On The Line At Reading

In the old crazy days when the top three in the second division went up to the first division, anyone below 6th at this stage of things was going through the motions, promotion hopes gone already. But now we live in the play-off era, you have to have a pretty poor season not to still be in with a shout at this stage. You can argue about the rights and wrongs of that as much as you like, but the ....

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Plenty Of Reasons For Pompey To Keep Run Going

Jamie Ashdown says the play-offs are still in sight for Pompey – but even if they prove beyond them, a good end to the season can stand the squad in good stead for 2011-12. In the last nine games, Pompey have won seven and kept eight clean sheets – a run they want to continue at Reading on Saturday when they will be facing Ashdown’s former ....

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Pompey Boss Would Love A New Deal - Just Don't Ask Him About It

Steve Cotterill says he would be delighted if Pompey offered him a contract extension. And speaking days after he was rumoured to be a target for Wigan, he said he was enjoying life at Fratton - not least because of the club's fervent fans. The manager is gearing up for the vital trip to Reading amid speculation that Pompey will soon open talks to extend his deal. But he said he would keep ....

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Getting Pompey's Next Generation On Board

Pompey Independent Supporters Association are doing bit to encourage the next generation of Blues fans, with a special scheme that will see a group of youngsters join Pompey's large travelling army at Reading this weekend. PISA have worked in partnership with Linvoy Primus's charity Faith & Football to enable a group of seven to 11-year-old Pompey fans to enjoy a day out supporting PFC at ....

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Pompey Are Listening, But Will They Go On Listening?

It's a start, but little more. Pompey have extended the period in which fans can renew season tickets at early-bird prices - but they still have a long way to go to quell the anger they have caused with their price hikes and payment restrictions. Supporters now have until April 28 to renew at the lower prices, and Pompey are hopeful that within that time the option to pay by credit or debit card ....

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How Wigan's Interest Could Strengthen Pompey Boss's Hand

Pompey are likely to be untroubled by reports which have emerged linking Steve Cotterill with becoming the new manager of Wigan in the summer. The Sunday Mirror says Roberto Martinez's position will be reviewed at the end of the season - whether or not they stay in the Premier League - and claims Cotterill is seen as an ideal replacement because of what he has achieved at a number of clubs on ....

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Defender Is Enjoying Fratton Life Again

Hermann Hreidarsson has headed off on international duty feeling fit and strong – and enjoying an end-of-season free of relegation worries. The defender represents Iceland in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Cyprus this week back to top form after a long spell on the sidelines recovering from a ruptured Achilles. His return to Pompey’s starting line-up has coincided with their climb up the ....

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Duo Stay At Pompey ... Midfielder Moves ... Match Moves Too

Stability has been a rare commodity at Fratton Park in recent times, but it looks like Pompey may at least be getting some now in the form of Steve Cotterill’s backroom staff. The two coaches who remained after Avram Grant left for West Ham and took Paul Groves with him – Ian Woan and Guy Whittingham - have been rewarded with new contracts. Cotterill said he was delighted the pair ....

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High Praise For Pompey's Clean-sheet Hero

He's one of the key men behind Pompey's success in the past six weeks - and now Jamie Ashdown has earned high praise for his performances from one of the people behind him. Goalkeeping coach John Keeley says Ashdown has made huge progress this year - and has revealed one of the key factors involved in the keeper's high standards which have helped the Blues keep eight clean sheets in nine ....

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I'd Love To Put A Pompey Shirt On By End Of The Season

Danny Webber hopes to follow in Hermann Hreidarsson's footsteps and play competitively for Pompey before the end of the season. The pair both suffered serious injuries on the same day at Spurs last season and now that the Icelandic defender is back in the frame, former Sheffield United and Watford striker Webber is keen for a similar comeback. Webber won't put a date on when he hopes to be in ....

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Pressure Grows On Pompey Over Season-ticket Storm

Pompey are under pressure to rethink their season-ticket price increase - or at least some of the conditions attached it. Scores of fans have been critical of the club for the increases themselves and for the short period they are giving people to pay up to take advantage of cheaper prices, and the limits on payment options. Now one supporters' group is to meet David Lampitt to ask for a review ....

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Pompey Defender's Delight At Overdue 'throw-in Goal'

Greg Halford set up a winning goal for Pompey with one his long throw-ins – then admitted: It’s about time. There was plenty of talk about the on-loan Wolves defender’s Stoke-style missiles into the box when he arrived at Fratton, but they haven’t caused too many goals or near misses – until now. And now Halford hopes the victory at Leicester can spur the Blues on ....

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A Bit Of Bonding Leaves Pompey Well-set For Final Furlong

Steve Cotterill hopes Pompey can be first past the post at Leicester after a spot of team bonding at the Cheltenham festival. He revealed a number of his squad had chosen to spend their day off with a trip to the races – and he hopes it will help them carry on their fine recent run of results. He has also spoken of the importance of the Blues’ two upcoming away games in defining how ....

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Cotterill Weighs Up Pompey Targets - Including Geographical Ones

The 2011-12 season may be some way off, but Pompey boss Steve Cotterill is already planning for it. He is trying to put into place plans for the Blues’ pre-season tour- which may take them to Austria or the east coast of the USA – and is also working on the names of players he’d like to add to his squad. Advertisement Cotterill is keen to avoid a ....

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