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Ex-southampton Man Relishing Trip To 'hostile' Fratton

  Former Southampton midfielder Andres Surman reckons Norwich will be able to handle the pressure at 'hostile' Fratton Park when they put their promotion bid on the line on Monday night. Surman's St Mary's connections mean he is well up on what visiting teams can expect at Fratton but he says the Canaries have been handling different types of pressure well all ....

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Father Of Former Pompey Owner Sacha Gaydamak Cleared Of Arms Trafficking

  The father of former Pompey owner Sacha Gaydamak has been cleared of arms trafficking charges by the court of appeal in France. Arkadi Gaydamak had been sentence in his absence to six years in jail for his role in the 'Angolagate' case, although he always maintained his innocece - and now three Paris judges has agreed with him. Suggestions that it was his ....

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Poll: Nearly Half Pompey's Fans May Not Renew

Nearly half of Pompey's fans may not renew their season tickets in spite of the club's concession to allow credit card sales this week. With the early-bird scheme set to end at the weekend, in a truebluearmy.com poll 48% of fans said they would still not be renewing and 31% of them are refusing to buy a season ticket 'on principle'. The remaining 17% wouldn't renew on the basis of affordability. ....

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Pompey's Surprise Star Couldn't Be Happier At Fratton

He’s been one of the surprise stars of Pompey’s season and now Jamie Ashdown says this campaign has been one of his best. The ever-present keeper ranks it alongside his first season at Fratton Park, when he helped keep Pompey in the Premier League, and says he is enjoying his football as much as ever. He admitted he was unsure whether to look elsewhere for his football last summer ....

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Will Nugent Stay Or Go? Depends Who You Ask...

Steve Cotterill might be talking about his fears David Nugent will not be at Pompey next season, but the man himself is insisting it’s not nearly as clear-cut as that. In fact Nugent’s comments after he’d scored at Burnley almost seemed to hint his preferred option would be to stay, as he talked of how he had finally settled at Pompey with a flat, his girlfriend and even a pet ....

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Csi Deal In Doubt After Chainrai And Kushnir 'ask For Extra 3m'

Reports in the Russian media suggest theat the deal by Convers Sport Initiatives to takeover Pompey is on the brink of collapse. Over the weekend it had emerged that the long-running saga looked set to come to a happy conclusion with CSI buying the club from current owners Balram Chairai and Levi Kushnir. Keith Harris of Seymour Pierce, the agent mandated to sell the club had been talking up the prospects of an imminent sale. But this afternoon, as Pompey earned a creditable draw at Burnley, ....

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Trust Welcomes Club U-turn On Season Ticket Renewals

The Pompey Supporters Trust has welcomed the decision of the club to allow fans to renew their season tickets by credit card form Tuesday. The controversial decision not to allow fans to buy using their cards created much anger and resentment among fans and initially forced the club to extend its 'early-bird' deadline from the end of March to the end of April. Chief Executive David Lampitt ....

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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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