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Lawrence Hails Fan Factor As Pompey Look For First Win At Palace

Pompey head to Crystal Palace with Liam Lawrence insisting they will be fine as long as they keep experiencing days like the one that saw them draw with Ipswich. The Irish midfielder had an excellent debut in Saturday’s 0-0 draw and was heartened by what he saw in his new surroundings. He will be hoping to inspire the Blues to their first league win of the season at Selhurst ....


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Pompey's Special Bunch Set To Welcome A New Member

Steve Cotterill has described his squad as a ‘special bunch’ and says they deserved to get their first league win of the season against Ipswich. It’s a bunch Cotterill hopes to add one more member to this week, with Kyle Naughton, the 21-year-old Spurs right-back, likely to make a loan move to Fratton, though probably not in time to play at Crystal Palace on Tuesday ....


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Pompey 0 Ipswich 0: No Goals - But Plenty Of Promise For The Blues

  Pompey can take plenty of encouragement from an absorbing goalless draw with Ipswich. Not only did they double their points tally, they gave notice they now have the strength in depth that makes a climb up the table look highly likely. In attacking terms, they look a team transformed – with Liam Lawrence, Dave Kitson and Kanu all bringing new dimensions to ....


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Why Fratton Legend Is Backing Pompey - And Their Fans' Trust

Pompey legend Ray Crawford is giving his full backing to the supporters’ trust – and reckons the team will start to climb the Championship table soon. The former Fratton favourite will have divided loyalties on Saturday when he covers for BBC Radio Suffolk Pompey’s game with another club where he was revered, Ipswich. He is hoping for a draw – and believes that is much ....


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Luck Of The Irish Isn't With Pompey's New Man

Liam Lawrence helped Ireland go top of their Euro 2012 qualifying group knowing he faces spending half the season as a loan player at Pompey. In the sort of transfer window twist Blues fans have become used to over the years, it’s emerged the paperwork on the midfielder’s move from Stoke was not completed on loan – which means they must sign him on loan until being able to make ....


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The Transfer Phone Call Nugent Didn't Hear ... Or Did He?

Ian Holloway is bleating about David Nugent ruining Blackpool’s move to sign him. The outspoken Tangerines boss says he’d have signed Nugent if he’d answered his phone – though what no-one knows is what Nugent said had he picked up… . Advertisement Blackpool had apparently agreed a deal with Pompey for the 25-year-old, who has had ....


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Lawrence On The Two Bosses Who Convinced Him To Sign For Pompey

Liam Lawrence has admitted he took quite some convincing to sign for Pompey – and only did so after getting reassurances from his Republic of Ireland boss. The midfielder was unsure about swapping Premier League Stoke for Championship side Pompey, but said Steve Cotterill was very persuasive. And he said Giobanni Trapattoni had told him he would still play for his country despite dropping ....


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Could Pompey Field Five New Signings Against Ipswich?

Kyle Naughton, Ricardo Rocha and Kanu could all feature for Pompey against Ipswich if Steve Cotterill gets his way. Pompey have not stopped strengthening their squad after landing Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence, with Rocha putting the finishing touches to his return and the Football League approving Kanu’s new deal to stay with the ....


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Pompey Chief Content On Transfers - Despite Others Trying To Take The Mick

Pompey’s chief executive says the club’s transfer window dealings were as good as could be expected with the club in their current position. David Lampitt admitted some clubs tried to take advantage of the Blues’ vulnerability during the window – but he said Pompey also made one or two ‘cheeky’ offers ....


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So Are Pompey Now Stronger Or Weaker? Neither, Perhaps...

Even by Pompey’s standards, deadline day, August 2010. There were more on-or-off questions and rumours than is healthy for anyone, and it all ended up with the squad looking not much stronger or weaker than it was at dawn. In a nutshell, Pompey signed striker Dave Kitson and midfielder Liam Lawrence and sold Marc Wilson to Stoke for a reported £1m plus the aforementioned pair and ....


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Deadline Days Ain't What They Used To Be For Pompey Fans

A few seasons ago, Pompey would wake on transfer deadline day with a keen sense of anticipation, wondering which big names might make a dramatic 11th-hour dash to Fratton Park to sign. These days it’s a sense of dread which comes with the last day of the window being opened – and this year that’s probably truer than ever, with the vultures circling for a number of the few ....


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Foxes Head For Fratton Twice In A Week

Pompey will host Leicester twice in a few days after drawing them in the third round of the Carling Cup. The Foxes will be at Fratton on Tuesday, September 21, for the tie – three days before the sides meet at Fratton in the Championship. Ironically, the games loom as Milan Mandaric, chairman at the Walkers Stadium, is linked with a return to Fratton as ....


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Kanu And Flav In Frame To Face Cotterill's Title Favourites

Pompey could have Kanu and Darryl Flahavan in their 18-man squad as they welcome a side Steve Cotterill thinks have a good chance of winning the Championship title. The Nigerian has agreed a three-year deal to extend his Fratton Park spell, while Aaron Flahavan’s brother has signed on loan for a month and could be on the bench as Cardiff provide the opposition and Pompey look for their ....


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Pompey Wait For More Strikers - Then Two Come Along At Once

Pompey’s struggle for goals in the league could get a double boost when they take on Cardiff - with both Kanu and John Utaka possibly available to face the Bluebirds. Pompey’s administrators have revealed they are close to settling the contract dispute with Kanu, while his fellow Nigerian is in contention for the game after returning to training following a hamstring ....


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Skipper Is Stoke-bound As Pompey Boss Admits He's Not In Control

Steve Cotterill admitted he was not fully in control of player ins and outs as Pompey as Stoke put the finishing touches to a deal to sign Marc Wilson. His move to the Britannia Stadium will be coupled with former Reading striker Dave Kitson coming in the other direction, and the swap – which could involve Pompey getting up to £3.5m and possibly another player as well – is ....


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New Pompey Buy-out Bid Launched

A £16m bid to buy Portsmouth FC has been launched by a 21-year-old entrepreneur according to The News. The front page of the newspaper, which has yet to hit the streets has a picture of Thomas Lever, who is a director at Belgravia Insurance. Cheshire-based Lever has been investigating the possibility of buying the club for several weeks. He is now looking to firm up his commitment and has been in discussions with the club's administrator Andrew Andronikou over the purchase. His ....


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Keeper's Worries Over Pompey's Travel Sickness

Jamie Ashdown admits Pompey must improve on their poor away form quickly – but says the squad can’t put their finger on the reason for it. The keeper was one of few to come away from the 1-0 loss at Preston with any credit – without his excellent saves it could have ended 4-0 – but he says the apparent lack of confidence away from home, in contradt to a bright display in ....


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Hammers And Rangers Told: Pompey Have No Plans To Let Star Duo Move

Steve Cotterill believes Avram Grant’s Pompey ties will stop him trying to prise away captain Marc Wilson. And he is hopeful Tommy Smith will be happy to stay at Fratton too – despite interest from Rangers. West Ham are rumoured to be one of a number of clubs monitoring Irish international Wilson – but Cotterill says he wants him at Fratton, even if there were to be hints from ....


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Five Leave Fratton - Is One Coming In The Other Direction?

Pompey have finally sold Kevin Prince Boateng – and have also released four of the younger fringe members of their squad. Possibly coming in the other direction is a former Charlton defender who is a free agent. Boateng’s departure to Genoa – from where it seems he will be loaned to AC Milan – is easily the biggest news of all the latest comings and goings. Pompey hope to ....


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Will Avram Grant Pompey's Wish To Sign Striker?

West Ham striker Frank Nouble is the latest player in Steve Cotterill’s sights as the Pompey boss warns he will not be able to reply on his young guns all season long. Nouble is no old man himself but Cotterill may think the experience he already has behind him at West Ham means he is better equipped for a long, hard season than some of the teenagers he is being forced to field at ....


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Cotterill Ready For Some Pompey Ins And Outs

Pompey look set to free up space in their squad by finally selling Kevin Prince Boateng this week – and they may give themselves another chance of bringing in another player by loaning out two-goal Nadir Ciftci. The need for more quantity and quality in the ranks was evident as the Blues fail to take advantage of a mediocre Reading side at Fratton Park, conceding a late equaliser with ....


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The Flahavan Name Could Return To Fratton ... Smith Bound For Scotland?

Darryl Flahavan’s hopes of joining Pompey rest on the club being able to send Liam O’Brien out on loan. The brother of tragic stopper Aaron Flahavan has been linked with Pompey many times before but now he is training with the Blues and both parties are keen on him signing as cover and competition for Jamie Ashdown. Advertisement Boss Steve Cotterill ....


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Ciftci Makes Pompey Plea As Blues Draw Palace

Carling Cup goal hero Nadir Ciftci says he’ll play anywhere – but doesn’t want to play for anyone. The Dutch 18-year-old got Pompey off and running at Stevenage on Monday, his goal putting Steve Cotterill’s side on the way to the second round, in which they have been drawn to play at home to Crystal Palace. Advertisement Ciftci was ....


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Vanden Borre Latest: Maybe He Will After All...

Reports in Italy this morning suggest that Anthony Vanden Borre has been persuaded to fly to England to negotiate a transfer to Pompey. Initially the Belgian international had refused to contemplate a return to Fratton Park, but with Kevin Prince Boateng's £5.7m move to Genoa (and his subsequent loan to AC MIlan) riding on the deal, it seems some pressure has been applied.    ....


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Vanden Borre Doesn't Want Pompey Return?

Reports in Italy suggest Anthony Vanden Borre is not keen on a return to Fratton Park. His stance could hold up Kevin Prince-Boateng's £5.5 million move to Genoa and deprive Pompey boss Steve Cotterill of a much-needed reinfrocement. Vanden Borre, who spent last season on loan at Portsmouth, was the makeweight in the Boateng deal, but according to Sky Sports 24 he has no intention of ....


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