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Could Pompey Be Back At Wembley? One Person Thinks So...

Pompey’s best displays of the season could be still in front of them – and not behind them, hopes boss Steve Cotterill. He is not ruling a promotion push or even the club’s sixthe date at Wembley in three years in the play-off final as he assesses the first half of the campaign and prepares for the critical Christmas / New Year ....

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Millwall, Leeds, Watford Hull ... It's All Too Much For Pompey Boss

Steve Cotterill believes a reduction in the number of games scheduled for the Christmas and new year period is in order – but insists he is not calling for a winter break. Cotterill was frustrated Saturday’s home game with Scunthorpe was snowed off, but says the number of games Pompey and their rivals will play between Boxing Day and Monday, January 3, is too ....

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Premier Pair May Pounce For Key Pompey Man

Pompey are determined to fend off interest in David Nugent from Wigan and – for the second time – Blackpool and keep the striker at Fratton Park in January. Steve Cotterill has said he is keen to keep the Scouser at Fratton as is a key player of his squad, and the player himself seems content at Pompey. The worry for fans will be this – will Cotterill be under pressure from the ....

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Pompey Are 15th - Yet So Close To The Play-off Zone

Pompey were pushed down to 15th place in the Championship by their lack of action – but an increasingly-congested divisison, they remain just two wins off a place in the play-off zone. The home clash with Scunthorpe was one of four Championship games that fell victim to the snow, which left Blues fans with little more to do than see how the day’s other games panned ....

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Pompey Beaten At Home - By Snow

Pompey's clash with Scunthorpe has been called off because of the heavy snow affecting the south. Although the pitch has been kept well-covered all week, the amount of snow in and around the ground led to officials calling it off this morning. It's the second home match lost to the weather this month and will mean there will have been a six-week gap between home matches by the ....

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Pompey's Win Hopes Face A Twin Threat

There are two threats to Pompey’s hopes of landing another three points against Scunthorpe at Fratton Park. One is the visitors’ determination to end a five-match losing run – the other is the weather. If Hampshire sees as much snow as forecasters reckon it will, the game is unlikely to take place. But if it does Steve Cotterill will be warning his men to watch out for The ....

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What Pompey Need To Do To Earn A Play-off Place

Steve Cotterill says a winning start to Pompey’s run of five games in 17 days over the Christmas and New Year period is crucial if the Blues are to maintain their hopes of reaching the play-offs. The Pompey reckons a points-laden holiday period is vital if his team are to reach the 73 to 75 points he believes they will need to finish in the top six. That means three points at home to ....

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Pompey Boss Is Ready To Come Out With The Closet

Steve Cotterill says the traumas Pompey have been through would be a bestseller if made into a book – and reckons he may even write it himself. But on a more serious note, the Pompey boss insists the trials the squad and management have had together will only make them stronger for the challenges the rest of the season will bring. Advertisement Reviewing the ....

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Pompey Chief Gives Verdict On Contracts Tangle

Pompey’s chief executive is hopeful of enabling Michael Brown and Richard Hughes to carry on playing for the Blues – but says they won’t be breaking the wage structure in order to keep either player on. But David Lampitt was quick to insist neither player, nor their agents, were being awkward in negotiations over the new deals that one more game would ....

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Pompey Skipper's Stance Will Be Applauded By Fans

Pompey skipper Aaron Mokoena has echoed what the fans are saying: It is time for the board to sort out the contract mess that could derail Pompey’s season of promise. Steve Cotterill was forced to reveal at the weekend that Richard Hughes and Michael Brown can each play only once more before triggering new contracts which – it appears – Pompey cannot ....

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Pompey Striker Insists Norwich Win Isn't About Him

Dave Kitson may have been on a personal high after the win at Norwich for ending his two-month goal drought, but it was other key men in the team the striker wanted to pay tribute to. Kitson hailed David Nugent for the hard work he put in to set up his goal and the late penalty, and also praised the matchwinning efforts at the back of keeper Jamie Ashdown and defender Ricardo ....

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Can Pompey Make Canaries Lose Their Chirpiness?

Pompey passed their last stiff Championship test with flying colours when they triumphed at Swansea. Now they head to Norfolk for a comparable examination of how far they have come since their slow start to the season. Norwich are a club on the rise again after sinking quickly from the Premier League to League One not so long ago, and have genuine ambitions of automatic promotion back to the top ....

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Midfielder Confident As Pompey Head For In-form Norwich

Pompey are confident in their own abilities and are unfazed about Saturday’s trip to face one of the Championship’s form sides, says midfielder Michael Brown. He believes the Blues – themselves coming off the back of a great win at Swansea - can give a good account of themselves against a side on a high after back-to-back wins over Ipswich and ....

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Pompey Prepare To Renew Old Rivalries In Fa Cup

Pompey can prepare to renew their rivalries with Brighton after the Seagulls clinched an FA Cup third-round tie against the Blues by winning their second-round replay at FC United of Manchester 4-0. The last time the sides met in the FA Cup was in 1993, the year after Pompey were beaten semi-finalists. Now they will clash again the year after Pompey lost the final on their second Wembley ....

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Quality Not Quantity Will Be The Pompey Way

Pompey will go for quality not quantity when it comes to dipping into the transfer market in January – and will also play their cards close to their chest. Those were the two pledges from chief executive David Lampitt as he looked ahead to the reopening of the window for the first time since Pompey exited administration. Advertisement Lampitt said in his ....

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Defender Gets Vote Of Confidence From Pompey Boss

Steve Cotterill has given a vote of confidence in Joel Ward as he indicates he will again be asked to play at left-back for the weekend’s trip to high-flying Norwich. Ward has switched to the left since Carl Dickinson began his three-match ban for his sending-off against Doncaster, keeping Hermann Hreidarsson out of the side as the Icelandic legend continues his comeback from a major ....

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Utaka The Attacker Takes The 'we'll Score One More Than You' Approach

John Utaka wants Pompey to keep up their attacking style of play – despite Steve Cotterill being worried it is leading to them conceding too many goals. Utaka says Pompey have many players who want to entertain as well as win, and the Nigerian doesn’t want to see their efforts stifled by an over-defensive approach. Advertisement Utaka told the Sports ....

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Rivals Can't Take Advantage Of Pompey's Postponement

Pompey slipped to 15th in the Championship table while sitting out a weather-hit weekend - but a number of the sides just below them missed out on the chance to overtake them. Leicester and Ipswich lost their respective games to keep Pompey where they were in the table, before Millwall overtook them by beating Scunthorpe. But the frustrating thing for the Blues was ....

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Frustration For Pompey - But Hope Over Defender

Pompey face a frustrating weekend unable to build on their superb win over Swansea after their home clash with Swansea was postponed. Safety fears for people in and around Fratton Park forced an early decision to save Burnley a wasted trip south, leaving the Blues another week to wait before they resume their campaign at Norwich. Meanwhile Steve Cotterill has spoken of his hopes of retaining one ....

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Expect A Pompey Signing In January - Or Before - But On Cotterill's Terms

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill already knows his first January transfer target. And one man signing on the dotted line around then, or even before, is David Nugent, who is keen to stay at Fratton. The developments come as David Lampitt insists transfer ins and outs are down to Cotterill – and not the board – after some eyebrows were raised about the fact the Blues didn’t recruit ....

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Mad Midfielder Has Another Pompey Charge In His Sights

Hayden Mullins reckons some may think him mad for believing Pompey have every chance of making the play-offs. The midfielder is targeting another run like the seven-match unbeaten streak the Blues went on in September and October after he played a key role in their surprise win at Swansea. Meanwhile the Blues will visit Brighton or FC United of Manchester in the FA ....

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One Win, And Pompey Play-off Talk Begins Again

The nature of this season’s tightly-packed Championship table means one defeat has people predicting a relegation battle, one win a promotion push. So it should come as no surprise that Steve Cotterill should be mentioning the play-offs after Pompey’s superb win at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium. Before this game, Pompey’s November had been wretched with defeats to Derby, ....

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Will Pompey Loan Recruit Put Pressure On Kitson?

As Pompey consider adding to their forward options ahead of the loan deadline, one striker already at Fratton has admitted he has a big part to play in trying to improve the team’s recent scoring record. Steve Cotterill has been linked with moves to bring in Swindon hotshot Charlie Austin or Arsenal teenager Jay Emmanuel-Thomas as he eyes up at least one target he wants to lure to Fratton ....

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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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