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Pompey Midfielder Going Nowhere - But French Full-back Might Be...

Bernard Mendy could be the man to solve Pompey’s right-back problems. The former Bolton and Hull defender is available on a free transfer and is keen to return to England. Steve Cotterill is eyeing him after failing to land Spurs right-back Kyle Naughton. Meanwhile, Pompey have told West Brom: Hands off Liam Lawrence. Advertisement Pompey have been linked ....

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Pompey Close To Defender Swoop ... Blues Win League Fine Battle

Steve Cotterill says he is close to bringing in another loan player after being thwarted in his attempts to add Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton to his squadon a temporary basis. The Pompey boss has agreed a loan swoop in principle with an unnamed club and is now just waiting for the player to agree. Meanwhile, one of the organisations who thought the Blues were an easy target to get money out of ....

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Pompey To Exit Administration? Wake Us When It's Happened...

Talk of another week in which Pompey may come out of administration is unlikely to excite fans fed up with false dawns and taking the view they will believe it when it happens. There have been plenty of days and weeks before now when the Blues have been said to be going from administration to new ownership, only for it not to happen. One plus point this time is the comment comes from David ....

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Nugent Looks Ahead For Pompey As Lawrence Misses Out

International break? What international break? Pompey and their Championship pals may not be in action this weekend but the players’ thoughts are already turning to their next test next weekend – the visit of in-form Watford. David Nugent says training has been steady and the squad are determined to build against the Hornets on their run of two wins and a draw in their last three ....

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Pompey Defender Aims To Regain First-team Place

Ibrahima Sonko says he has no plans to go knocking on Steve Cotterill’s office door and demanding to be put back in Pompey’s first team. But he says he has faith in his ability to get back in the team. The defender has been left out of the starting line-up of late after an up-and-down start to the campaign, but says he has been through worse and is staying upbeat despite Aaron ....

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I'd Rather Be Playing Than Be A Pompey Sub

Matt Ritchie says he’d rather be playing at Swindon than sitting on the bench at Pompey. The left-sided player, who impressed in a series of early-season appearances, says the loan move to Wiltshire is best for him as he admits ‘it is not happening’ for him at Fratton Park. Advertisement Ritchie, 21, still hopes for a future with Pompey in the ....

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Should We Applaud Pompey's Skipper - Or Think Him Naive?

Aaron Mokoena seems to have split opinion among Pompey fans by admitting he elbowed Boro’s Barry Robson before being chinned by his opponent in the incident that led to Pompey’s late equalising penalty at the Riverside. Some have praised his honesty – others have criticised him for risking a retrospective punishment and say he should have kept quiet as TV cameras did not ....

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Pompey Boss On The Position He Won't Be Filling

Steve Cotterill has praised his right-hand men as he reveals he has no plans to appoint an assistant. Buoyed up by his side’s improved run of results, Cotterill says he is not the type of manager who needs an assistant and he is happy to keep Guy Whittingham and Ian Woan as first-team coaches without the need to promote one and upset the ....

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Pompey Skipper Has Another Goal In Mind Now...

Skipper Aaron Mokoena celebrated his first league goal in English football by vowing to sign a new Pompey deal as soon as he can. The South African headed the Blues into a 2-1 lead during a breath-taking second half against Bristol City, then said he was keen to secure an extension to his Pompey stay – a far cry from the end of last season when he looked certain to ....

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Goal Can Make Nugent A New Man For Pompey

Dave Kitson believes his strike partner David Nugent can be a player transformed after scoring his first league goal in more than 18 months in the thrashing of Leicester. Kitson, who got two of the six that sent the Foxes packing, says he could see the confidence return to Nugent’s play after he scored the third of Pompey’s goals in the Fratton Park demolition job. The pair will be ....

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Pompey Don't Fear Foxes - And Nugent Doesn't Fear Chances

Steve Cotterill is welcoming a quick rematch with Leicester three days after the Foxes knocked the Blues out of the Carling Cup. A win in the Championship tussle on Friday night would mean Pompey could quickly forget the cup loss, and Cotterill says playing them again so soon is not a problem. Meanwhile David Nugent has been backed to start putting away his ....

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Could Pompey's No9 Provide Solution To Goal Shortage?

Pompey’s No9 is confident he can be the man to solve the club’s goal drought – when he is fit. Danny Webber was handed the prized shirt before the season, and now more than ever he is needed in the team and among the goals as the Blues struggle to find the net. Advertisement Webber said Pompey’s poor start to the season could be put down in ....

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Pompey 1 Leicester 2: First Blood To Foxes Despite Lawrence Strike

Liam Lawrence’s first goal for Pompey wasn’t enough to keep the Blues in the Carling Cup as Leicester won the first of their two Fratton Park tussles this week. He lashed in a shot in the 82nd minute but by then Pompey were two goals down and one man down with Richard Hughes sent off. It was a spirited second-half battle by the Blues, who would rather win Friday’s second ....

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Skipper And Boss Keeping Spirits Up, But Can They Keep Pompey Up?

Pompey’s skipper says dressing room morale remains high despite another defeat – but the pressure is on the team to secure improved results in Leicester’s two visits to Fratton this week. Aaron Mokoena insists the Blues deserve to have more than two points on the board from their league campaign so far, but says if one win can be chalked up, they could easily go on a winning ....

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Can Pompey Come Alive In Their Graveyard?

Pompey head to one of their graveyards today for a game that could be car-crash viewing. The Blues have taken two points from their first six in the Championship, while hosts Sheffield United go into the game off the back of a demoralizing 4-0 home defeat to Scunthorpe. It’s not the kind of start either would have hoped for – after all, these are two clubs that have graced the ....

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Pompey Will Improve - And So Will I When I'm More Than 75 Per Cent Fit

Dave Kitson remains confident Pompey have the talent to transform their season – despite them taking only two points from their first six games. And their aim of pushing on and climbing the table can only be helped when Kitson – who scored his first Blues goal at Crystal Palace – is 100 per cent. At the moment he reckons he’s only around 75 per ....

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Pompey Boss Wants To Forget One Game And Remember Another

Steve Cotterill has told his players to keep believing in themselves after their second-half collapse cost them the chance of reward at Crystal Palace. The Pompey boss wants them to forget the defeat and keep in their minds the improved display against Ipswich. And as he prepares them for the trip to Sheffield United, he is continuing his hunt for a defensive reinforcement or ....

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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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