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Just When You Thought Pompey Had Had All The Complications They Could...

Pompey probably thought they'd had every sort of selection problem going this season. Then skipper Aaron Mokoena went and got stuck in South Africa. A visa problem means Mokoena will be unable to return to the UK in time for the crucial trip to the Keepmoat Stadium. It comes after a host of problems in team selection, including contract wrangles, that have affected Steve Cotterill almost from ....

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Youngsters Join Pompey Ranks, But Reinforcements May Be Needed Sooner

Pompey have made moves towards the team of the future – but the line-up of the near future, at Doncaster on Saturday, is not so certain. On the day new youth supremo Andy Awford revealed the names of nine young hopefuls offered scholarships at Fratton, Steve Cotterill was sweating on who he’d have available for the critical trip to the Keepmoat on ....

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Are The Russians Coming To Pompey? And With Action Not Words?

Pompey fans have heard enough tall tales in the past couple of years about Arabs, Russians, Liverpudlians, anyone about to ride to the rescue of their club to last them a lifetime. So few will be getting too excited about the latest talk of a Moscow group interested in becoming the latest in a long line of PFC owners. But at the same time, some may take the view that no group can be much worse ....

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Inside Stories Of Pompey's Administration Are Revealed

One of the men who ran Pompey while they were in administration has lifted the lid on some of what went on during the period – and on what could happen now the club’s past is being probed. Peter Kubik spoke out about the Pompey case during a seminar and also confirmed Ali Al-Faraj does exist – which will come as a surprise to those who were certain Pompey’s ....

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Pompey Goal Hero Takes Positives From Rams Rescue Mission

Goal hero David Nugent says Pompey can take confidence from battling back for a point against Derby and take it into their trip to Doncaster next week. Nugent said a point was better than none on a day when the bottom three all lost – but he admitted Pompey were poor in the first half and deserved the dressing-down they got from Steve Cotterill at ....

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Pompey 1 Derby 1: Nugent Gives A Lift On Day When Football Matched The Weather

Pompey ended up grateful for a point on a day when they'd set out really needing three - after David Nugent saved them from another defeat with a superb 90th-minute equaliser. He volleyed in after Kanu's flick-on to rescue a point after Steve Davies had given Derby a 34th-minute lead following a good opening half-hour from the Blues. It looked like another tale of Pompey woe - until Nugent ....

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Out-of-form Teams' Tussle Will Show Strength Of Pompey Fans' Grounds For Protest

Once again there’ll be almost as much interest in what happens off the pitch as what happens on it at Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon. On the field, the Blues will bid for three points which would give them a little breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone. Off the field, supporters will bid for answers to the critical question of wich direction the club’s owners ....

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Pompey Go Back To The Future - While Defender May Go Back To His Club

Pompey are going back to the future as they seek to inject new life into their much-criticised youth set-up. New youth boss Andy Awford has turned to the man who discovered him, and many other Fratton favourites, to unearth some more local talent. Dave Hurst will work in an unpaid capacity – something that presumably appealed greatly to Pompey’s present regime – in an effort to ....

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Sticking Together Won't Solve All Pompey's Ills, But It Might Help

Unite seems to be the word of the week where Pompey are concerned. It’s what Pompey’s players are calling for and now it’s what the Pompey Supporters’ Trust suggest too. And while there seems no chance of the club’s owners being part of the unity, it might just be the Blues’ best hope of survival now the transfer window has closed without any permanent ....

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Pompey Boss Keeps Cards Close To His Chest - But How Many Cards Does He Have?

Steve Cotterill says he has deliberately kept his transfer targets secret. Now Pompey fans are about to find out whether there have been any secrets worth getting excited about. Going into the final day of the transfer window, most felt Pompey's squad was weaker than it needed to be for the Blues to be sure of safery and a decent finish to the season. But Cotterill has dmitted he has been ....

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Utaka's Move Is Right For Him - But Is It Right For Pompey?

There have been plenty of occasions during John Utaka's three-and-a-half years at Fratton Park when Pompey fans would have been happy to see him go. Now is probably not one of them. Though still showing his talents in only fits and starts, the Nigerian had undoubtedly made a contribution this season - not least in scoring in what has turned out to be his final two games for the Blues - ....

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Departing Midfielder May Boost Pompey's Championship Rivals

Michael Brown could come back to haunt Pompey - by joining one of their potential rivals to avoid relegation to League One. Crystal Palace are among clubs interested in taking the midfielder away from Fratton. But Pompey could be closing in on a near-deadline-day swoop of their own - for Burnley defender Tyrone Mears. Burnley have turned down the Blues' reported initial approach but they may ....

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Defender Gets Itchy Feet As Pompey's Form Fears Are Allayed

Hermann Hrediarsson’s agent has hinted the defender will leave Pompey if he cannot force his way back into the side. The Icelandic international has been available for around two monrhs after recovering from the severe Achilles injury he suffered at Spurs last March, and many Pompey fans have expressed surprise he is not in the starting line-up given that the defenders chosen ahead of him ....

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Hogg Keen To Put Forgettable Pompey Debut Behind Him

New recruit Jonathan Hogg admitted Pompey's woeful display against Burnley wasn't the debut he hoped for - but it hasn't put him off the job of trying to turn the Blues' fortunes around. The 22-year-old had a tidy debut but plenty of those around him were off-colour as the Clarets won at Fratton for the first time in narly 30 years. But he says the squad are determined to put in the hard graft ....

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Can Perfect Pairings Help Pompey Overcome Burnley?

Pompey’s two emergency partnerships look likely to get another chance to impress when ex-Fratton defender Eddie Howe returns south with Burnley on Tusday evening. Boss Steve Cotterill has indicated his support for Ibrahima Sonko and Greg Halford in central defence, while Joel Ward and Hayden Mullins complemented each other well in midfield in the draw with ....

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Pompey Striker Calls For Home Form To Sharpen Up

David Nugent warmed up for Burnley’s visit to Fratton Park by admittingL We need to start winning our home games. The Blues have gone nearly three months without a home victory and he will be out to gun down the team he played for on loan last season to make up for what he felt was two points dropped in the 2-2 draw with Leeds on ....

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The Two Things Pompey Need To Get Moving Once More...

A couple of new players and a couple of victories are all that's needed to get Pompey's season back on track. That's Hayden Mullins' verdict ahead of Saturday's visit of Leeds - although he apparently wasn't quizzed on which of the two he thought most likely. Advertisement Mullins says losing at Forest after leading so late on was a big blow, and one that the ....

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Another One To Bridge The Southampton-portsmouth Divide? Probably Not...

Southampton winger Jason Puncheon seems unlikely to spend the rest of the season at Fratton Park – even though Pompey are rumoured to be one of a host of Premier League and Championship clubs chasing him. Puncheon, impressive for Millwall at Fratton on Boxing Day during a loan spell in which he has scored five goals in seven games, could turn out to be one of the hot properties of the ....

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500,000 Bid For Pompey Striker Would Be An Insult

Pompey are likely to tell Blackpool what they can do with an offer of £500,000 for David Nugent if one is forthcoming. The Blues may still have their backs against the wall where money is concerned but talk of such a valuation of a proven scorer at Championship level at a time when Darren Bent is moving in a deal worth up to £24m is an insult - both to Pompey and ....

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Cotterill Is Urged To Appoint A New Pompey Captain

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill has been urged to hand the captain’s armband to Liam Lawrence after Aaron Mokoena earned a second ban of the season with another booking at Nottingham Forest. Former Fratton favourite Alan McLoughlin says Mokoena needs to have the captaincy taken away from him – and Lawrence, who has been one of Pompey’s most consistent performers this season, would ....

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Pompey New Boy Finds Plenty Of Reasons To Take Heart

New arrival Ritchie de Laet found much to impress him despite his Pompey debut turning sour with Nottingham Forest's two late goals turning victory into defeat. The defender, on loan from Manchester United, praised his team-mates for a performance that so nearly spelled the end of Forest's long unbeaten home run and also hailed the fans who he already knew would be there in ....

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Pompey At Forest: We Could Do With A Great Start - Or De Laet Show

Nottingham Forest's recent record is awful - they can't buy a win. At least, their recent record against Pompey is. It's just a shame their actual form in recent weeks is rather different. It's nearly a decade since Forest last beat Pompey - that was when the Blues were struggling to stay in division one under Graham Rix - but this game finds them in great form in the Championship and they start ....

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Attackers And Midfielders Told: Help Pompey Defend

Pompey’s forwards and midfielders can do their bit to help the Blues win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday – by helping the team defend better than they have been of late. Boss Steve Cotterill says every one of the 11 players he sends out at the City Ground (if he can find that many…) will have a responsibility to help stem the flow of goals that have been scored past Pompey in ....

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Brown Off To Wolves? At Least Cotterill Has A Replacement In Mind

Michael Brown could be Wolves-bound as Steve Cotterill prepares to replace him in central midfield with Liam Lawrence. Brown has almost certainly played his last game for the Blues after failing to agree reduced terms to stay at Fratton, and Mick McCarthy has refused to rule out a move for the former Sheffield United midfield man. And Cotterill says Lawrence is a ready-made engine room partner ....

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Would Pompey's Leaky Defence Be Boosted By Hermann?

Pompey’s defence is leaking goals left, right and centre but Steve Cotterill still doesn’t believe it would benefit from having The Hermannator thrown back into it. The Pompey boss doesn’t believe Hermann Hreidarsson is ready to start a game after eight months out with a serious Achilles injury – even though many fans are clamouring for Carl Dickinson to be replaced at ....

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