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Pompey Boss Wants Players To Get A Grip On The Road

Steve Cotterill is challenging his players to take greater control of away games – starting at Swansea on Friday. The Blues have ended goalless and pointless at Derby and Barnsley since back-to-back wins at Millwall and Hull a month ago. But Cotterill says they can start scoring again if they get a grip on games away from Fratton. Advertisement He told the ....


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Is This A Sign Pompey's Owners Will Loosen The Purse Strings?

Pompey’s new bosses have reportedly said Steve Cotterill can recruit up to four new players in January. It is a boost for the Fratton boss after he spoke of the difficulty of being able to bring in only one new player in the immediate future. The deadline for signing loan players before the new year arrives this week. Advertisement Pompey are not about to ....


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Brown Admits: Pompey's Poor Run Can't Continue

Midfielder Michael Brown is targeting three points at Swansea on Friday night to stop Pompey’s November being an almost complete washout. He bemoaned the defeat at Barnsley which left Pompey having taken just one point from four games this month. But he said he was confident they would turn around their form – just as they did in winning six out of seven after a poor start to the ....


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Pompey Look For Happy Return To Familiar Yorkshire Territory

You’ll struggle to find a ground Pompey visited more often than Oakwell in their most recent 15 seasons in the old second division. But the clubs went their separate ways a year before Pompey won promotion in 2003. Now, both are back in the Championship, and who’s to say we won’t be regulars there again for the next 15 years? This particular visit sees Pompey in need of a win ....


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Defender's Not Ready For Pompey Return - So What Is Plan B?

Steve Cotterill reckons it is too early to expect Hermann Hreidarsson to play 90 minutes at Barnsley on Saturday – even though he needs to dind someone to fill the left-back slot. Cotterill believes the Icelandic defender needs more time before he can play a full part for the Blues in the Championship. What Cotterill hasn’t yet revealed is how he will cover the absence of Carl ....


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Options On The Right - But Pompey Don't Have Much Left On The Other Side

Greg Halford has extended his stay at Pompey by another month – but are the Blues wishing he could play at left-back? Halford’s first month’s loan deal runs out on Friday but Pompey and Wolves have agreed he can stay another four weeks. But it is on the left, not the right, where they have immediate problems. Advertisement Carl Dickinson’s ....


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Pompey Owners Just Want To Get Out Without Getting Hurt

Pompey’s new owners have insisted there will no splashing of cash they don’t have while they are in control at Fratton Park. And Balram Chainrai will doubtless raise a few eyebrows after saying they will count themselves lucky to ‘get out of this without getting hurt’. Advertisement Chainrai and partner Levi Kushnir have given an interview ....


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Pompey Won't Sign Any Old Offcasts

Steve Cotterill has hinted he has been given the nod to go ahead and bring more players to Fratton Park – but he says he only wants to bring in those who can improve the overall quality of his squad. Saturday’s loss to Doncaster and the sending-off of Carl Dickinson, who will now miss the next three games, has again highlighted the need for reinforcements, but ....


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Pompey Could Do With More Bodies - But Boss Won't Demand Them

Steve Cotterill won’t be putting pressure on Balram Chainrai to start throwing money at the team. He has met the new owner but has yet to find out his longer-term plans for the club. And it is probably the shorter term that concerns Cotterill more at the moment, for injuries and a suspension are limiting his options for the Fratton Park clash with ....


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Chainrai: We Must Go All Out For Premier Return

Balram Chainrai has spoken of the importance of getting Pompey back in the Premier League – but has admitted he may not be around to see them return. Pompey’s new owner says everyone must work hard to earn the rewards the Premier League would bring. But he has also said he is not ‘the right man’ to lead the Blues ....


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Can Pompey Cope Without Nuge - And What Will The Owner Think?

Balram Chainrai is expected at Fratton Park on Tuesday night to see a Pompey squad that could do with a boost in numbers now or in the January transfer window. Steve Cotterill won’t blame the defeat at Derby on a lack of strength in depth but many say the fact he could not replace David Nugent – who will also miss the QPR clash – with another striker shows the Blues need ....


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Pompey Can't Afford To Play For Only Half The Game

Steve Cotterill doesn’t want any more games of two halves like he witnessed from his team at Derby. The Pompey boss felt the Blues could have got some reward from Pride Park had their first-half display been as strong as their second period. And he knows there can be no 45-minute disappearing acts if they’re to get anything from the visit of leaders QPR on Tuesday ....


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Future Uncertain, But Halford Wants Pompey Top-six Spot

His future at Pompey may be uncertain, but that’s not stopping Greg Halford eyeing up a top-six spot for the Blues. The defender doesn’t know whether Pompey and Wolves will thrash out a deal to keep him at Fratton beyond the home clash with Doncaster, but Blues fans will be hoping they can after a string of impressive displays. Meantime, the ex-Reading man is upbeat ahead of the trip ....


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Playing Football Is A Privilege Pompey Star Won't Give Up Lightly

Hermann Hreidarsson says it is a privilege to be a footballer – and it’s not a privilege he wants to give up any time soon. The defender is playing again after six months out with a ruptured Achilles, and says he always had the belief he could make a comeback. Meanwhile, there’s less-certain news about another Pompey defender. Advertisement The ....


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Pompey Youngster May Be Wanted By Hiddink

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill still wants to loan out Nadir Ciftci – even though he is catching the eye of Turkey coach Guus Hiddink. The Dutch former Chelsea manager was in the stand at West Leigh Park on Monday night as Ciftci helped a Pompey XI win a friendly against Havant & Waterlooville. Advertisement But while the youngster, who has made a number of ....


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Pompey Scorer Hails The Cotterill Factor

One of the heroes of Pompey’s win over Nottingham Forest says much of the credit for the victory must go to Steve Cotterill for his half-time team talk. First goalscorer Ibrahima Sonko, many fans’ man of the match in the Blues’ sixth win in seven, says Cotterill changed their approach at the interval – and it worked a ....


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How Popular Will New Pompey Chairman Be With Fans?

Pompey’s new chairman will have to wait nearly a fortnight to see how he is received by supporters. Balram Chainrai’s first game as chairman will be the home clash with QPR on November 9 – and the chances are he won’t hear the crowd singing ‘Balram, there’s only one Balram.’ But what reception will he ....


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A Pompey Fan On The Board - And Chainrai's Pal As Chairman?

Pompey’s new regime say they are open to the idea of having a member of the Supporters’ Trust on the board. They stress it cannot happen overnight – but insist they are keen to keep up the healthy dialogue they have begun to have with supporters since some of the old guard left the club. Advertisement Chief executive David Lampitt said: 'I ....


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New Faces Not Impossible At Pompey - And Nor Is Promotion

Another Stoke signing could become Pompey’s first post-administration recruit as the club’s new owners indicate they are not out to sell as soon as they can. News of a loan move for midfielder Michael Tonge came as chief executive David Lampitt said Balram Chainrai and associates could be here for the long-term. Advertisement Steve Cotterill wants ....


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Let's Get Pompey Known For Playing Football Again

Steve Cotterill is aiming to get Pompey known for winning football matches again after the trials and traumas of administration. The Pompey boss is keen to sit down with new owner Balram Chaineai and find out what the future holds for him and his squad. Advertisement Cotterill says he and the players are concentrating on lifting the Blues up the league – and ....


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Gaydamak Accused Of Leaving Pompey On The Brink

Pompey are apparently on the brink of extinction once more as Sacha Gaydamak is accused of moving the goalposts and demanding money up front that Balram Chainrai cannot pay. A statement issued by the club said Gaydamak had altered his demands just as the deal to put the Blues back into Chainrai’s hands was set to be sealed. The worst-case scenario is that the club could be liquidated ....


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Pompey Need To Look To Play-off Spots - Not Bottom Three

He hasn’t quite single-handedly dragged Pompey up the Championship table – to say that of Liam Lawrence would be grossly unfair on the team-mates who have all played their part in the Blues’ sensational run of improved results. But the Irishman has probably done more than any other one player to get Pompey’s season moving firmly in the right direction – and now he ....


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Pompey New Boy Delighted To Be Here - And Winning

Greg Halford says he is impressed by Pompey’s battling abilities after he helped them to their first away league victory of the season on his debut. The utility player slotted in at centre-half as a replacement for injured Ricardo Rocha after starting the game at right-back. Halford said Pompey deserved the win and also reckons it is an honour to be playing for the 2008 FA Cup ....


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Kitson Hails The Character That Saved Pompey

Goalscorer Dave Kitson hailed the character Pompey showed to recover from the loss of seeing a 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 deficit in the second half against Watford and still come out winners. The striker said it was typical of the fighting qualities present in the Pompey camp that they didn’t buckle. Kitson also reserved praise for Hayden Mullins after the stunning goal that put Pompey on ....


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'safe' Pompey Can Go To Sleep Easy - But Hopefully Not Against Watford

For about the 18th time in the past 25 games, the build-up to Pompey’s game this weekend has been of secondary importance to off-field matters. This time at least it’s good news that’s broken as the Blues warm up for a chance to keep up their improving form. News that the club, the administrators and the Football League have all but agreed on the Pompey’s move out of ....


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