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Blues Aim To Put Rochdale On Spot At Spotland

Pompey aim to take their 2018-19 unbeaten league run to a 10th game at Rochdale in the first of back to back away games against mid-table teams.Kenny Jackett\'s team lost top spot last week when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Wycombe while rivals Peterborough won at Gillingham, and although the manager is unworried by league positions at this early stage, he will be keen to keep the loss-less record intact at Spotland and the Ricoh Arena.He expects a tough test at Rochdale, where a late-season ....


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Pompey Boss Admits Team Aren\'t Doing Everything Right

Kenny Jackett says Pompey are working hard to go on improving even though they have started the season with a nine-match unbeaten run.There\'s no resting on laurels at Fratton, especially after another home draw last week against Wycombe Wanderers.The Blues have back to back away games now, with Rochdale their hosts on Satuday and Coventry on Tuesday.Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We’re entering an intense period, with a lot of points to play for, and we’re looking for a good return. ....


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Dennis And Mason Stake Their Pompey Claims

Louis Dennis and Joe Mason issued gentle reminders to Kenny Jackett that they\'re in good form and waiting for their first team chance by scoring goals in a reserves\' friendly win over Oxford at Baffins Milton Rovers.Anton Walkes and Jack Whatmough both started for Pompey after injury and had very useful workouts.Young Joe Dandy impressed for the Blues and almost set up the opener for Mason, while Luke McGee had a tidy night in goal.Pompey went ahead on 36 minutes when a long ball was helped ....


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Evans Happy To Take Pompey Unbeaten Record To Rochdale

Scorer Gareth Evans had mixed feelings after Pompey\'s 2-2 draw with Wycombe - but said the players were delighted to be taking an unbeaten record into their next game.Evans equalised with a header after Wanderers had led 1-0 at half-time, then Brett Pitman put the Blues 2-1 up, only for Wycombe to hit back with a penalty.Evans told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk afterwards: \'We’re disappointed not to win after going 2-1 up late on, although it’s obviously a positive that the unbeaten run continues. ....


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Pompey Left To Wonder As Wanderers Hit Back For Point

Pompey looked like they had ground out win number seven after Brett Pitman\'s late close-range strike put them 2-1 up against Wycombe - only for Wanderers to nick a point from the spot.The Blues were in the unusual position of being behind, and conceding in the first half, when Bryn Morris curled a low shot beyond Craig MacGillivray 20 minutes in after Adabayo Akinfenwa teed him up.It took the Blues almost to the hour to level, the goal coming when a goal kick was helped on by Oli Hawkins for ....


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There To Be Shot At - But Pompey Aim To Fire First

Pompey are top of League One - and that makes them targets.They\'ll know only too well as they welcome Wycombe to Fratton Park that everyone likes to beat the top dogs.Kenny Jackett has said he is not bothered by the Blues\' position at this stage of things, only by the number of points they are accruing.And they will be after three more against Gareth Ainsworth\'s newly promoted side.The boss has great respect for his opposite number, telling the club website: \'Gareth’s is a manager who I ....


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Baby Shark For Matty Clarke

A terrace chant has finally been bestowed upon Matthew Clarke. Witty blues on the road to Peterborough took to social media and local pubs to share their topical chant before kick-off. Baby Shark is a child\'s nursery rhyme which has gone viral around the world this September. Originating in Indonesia, the video has had over 1.6 billion views worldwide on Youtube, with celebrities fuelling the #babysharkchallenge on Twitter. And Pompey fan\'s have pounced on the chant to fit it perfectly to ....


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Forget Where Wycombe Are - Pompey Boss Is Wary

Shrewsbury showed Pompey a team\'s position in the table - at least this early in the season - does not count for much in the Blues\' last home game.The lowly Shrews pushed high-flying Pompey all the way and were perhaps a little unfortunate not to leave Fratton with all three points.Now it\'s 16th-placed Wycombe\'s turn to try their luck in front of another big Fratton crowd - and Pompey boss Kenny Jackett is wary.He told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'There are many different games in a very good ....


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I Needed To Score At Peterborough - And Did

Oll Hawkins has admitted he felt under pressure to score at Peterborough - then didn\'t know what to do when he did.The striker has provided numerous assists but had not opened his account going into the first v second clash at London Road, which Pompey won 2-1.He told The News: ‘I won\'t lie, I\'ll admit at the back of my mind I knew I needed to score at Peterborough. There were people telling me that I needed to score. Not any of the players but maybe family members and friends were saying ....


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Pompey Go Top But You Won\'t Find Them Celebrating

Pompey fans have been warned not to read too much into one result - even if was one that saw the Blues replace Peterborough at the top of League One.Second half goals by Oli Hawkins and Jamal Lowe set Kenny Jackett\'s team on their way to victory and Matt Godden\'s late strike couldn\'t save Posh.Gallen told the club website afterwards: It was a big game, although it’s probably too early to say just how big it is. I’d love to be talking about being top in May – that’s the key. It doesn’t really ....


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Jackett: Every Pompey Point Will Involve Hard Work

Kenny Jackett says Pompey will be going for the win away to leaders Peterborough - and it\'s exactly the sort of game players and fans should reliish.Looking ahead to the first v second tussle the Pompey boss told the club website: \'\'It’s the type of game that you want to be involved in and it’s one we’re really looking forward to. Peterborough have started very well after making a high number of changes – they’ve gelled particularly quickly.\'Like a number of teams in this division, they’ll ....


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A Point\'s A Point - And Jackett\'s Not Complaining

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett ended up happy with a point at home to Shewsbury after Brett Pitman\'s late penalty preserved their unbeaten run. It looked like the Shrews would record their first win of the campaign and inflict the Blues\' first defeat as they led 1-0 going into the final few minutes. But Pitman kept his nerve from the spot after Nathan Thompson was fouled just inside the box and the 1-1 draw kept the Blues second in the League One table. Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: ....


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Blues Believe, But Promise They Won\'t Take Shrews Lightly

Pompey have been at their best so far this season at Fratton Park - and they will need to be again when Shrewsbury visit.The Blues have beaten Luton, Oxford and Plymouth at home in League One so far, scoring eight goals and letting in only one. But this latest test - against a side who pushed the top two all the way last seaon before missing out in the play-offs - could be the toughest yet.The fact the Shrews have not won a league game yet this season is not getting Kenny Jackett thinking it ....


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It\'s Not Just In Attack Where Pompey Have Hit The Ground Running

Most of the focus has been on Ronan Curtis, Jamal Lowe and Co as fans enjoy Pompey\'s excellent start to the season.But the boys at the back are not doing too badly, with the Football League Trophy win over Gillingham at Fratton Park bringing the latest in a series of clean sheets that have underpinned the successes at the other end of the pitch.Matt Clarke has of course been pivotal to the defensive resilence and is enjoying the flying start, which Pompey next put on the line when Shrewsbury ....


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Wheeler Off Mark As Pompey Ease Past Gills In Trophy

It might not be a top priority for many Pompey fans, but Kenny Jackett would still have been delighted with a 4-0 win over Gillingham in the Checkatrade Trophy in front of a sparse Fratton Park crowd.Pompey made 10 changes from the line-up that beat Plymouth on Saturday and Andre Green was given a first Blues start.Pompey had to be patient but it was not undeserved when Matt Clarked nodded in an Adam May corner three minutes before the break.A minute later Nathan Thompson crossed for Ben Close ....


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Pompey Depth Will Be Vital - And This Week May Prove It

Strength in depth will be vital if Pompey are to go one better and claim promotion or a play-off spot this season - and early injuries suggest they will need all the bodies they have.Defender Nathan Thompson spoke of how impressed he is at Kenny Jackett\'s squad strengthening work after he came back into the team as a half-time subsitutute in the win over Plymouth.He replaced injured Anton Walkes - one of three crocked stars set to miss Tuesday\'s Checkstrade Trophy game and probably ....


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Jackett On The Key Moment In Pompey\'s Win Over Plymouth

Kenny Jackett pinpointed Pompey\'s second goal as the key to confirming their victory over an inferior Plymouth side.Ronan Curtis had given the Blues a first-half lead with a close-range finish from Jamal Lowe\'s cross. But it was not until Curtis returned the favour with a left-sided cross nodded in by Lowe that Pompey looked comfortable winners.Curtis then put the icing on the cake with a fine run and finish for number three and the poor old Pilgrims were well beaten.Jackett told the media ....


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Jackett Spoiled For Choice As Pompey Plot To Ruin Pilgrims Trip

Pompey host old foes Plymouth on Saturday with a squad that most fans think is getting stronger all the time.Kenny Jackett\'s attacking options are growing all the time and even without Joe Mason, the Wolves striker signed on Friday just too late to feature against the Pilgrims, he looks spoiled for choice this weekend.With David Wheeler and Andrew Green battling for starts in addition to the likes of Oliver Hawkins, Ronan Curtis, Jamal Lowe and Brett Pitman, who have all played their part in a ....


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There Goes The Perfect Start - But Pompey Content With Doncaster Point

The 100% start is over - the unbeaten start is not.Pompey couldn\'t find a winner at Doncaster as they registered their first draw after starting the season with four wins - but nor could Rovers, who had dominant spells but ended up perhaps a little fortunate not to have been beaten.Pompey were unchanged for a third game in a row but it was Doncaster who had the best of the first half, putting Pompey under serious pressure and failing to take an interval lead because of a mixture of poor ....


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Pompey\'s Players Are Digging In For Victories

Ronan Curtis has suggested that the squad\'s willingness to work hard for each other is one of the factors behind Pompey\'s excellent start to the season.Speaking after the 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers, which made it four wins from four in the league, the matchwinner told the club website: \'It’s unbelievable. We’re over the moon and everyone’s buzzing – there’s a really good atmosphere in the dressing room.\'We’re all prepared to dig in for each other here and that’s what you need if you want to ....


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Gallen Takes A Leaf Out Of Former Boss Cook\'s Book

It was Paul Cook who used to preach about the need to \'keep going\' whether Pompey had won, lost or drawn.These days, they might be winning more than losing or drawing, and there are different men in charge of the team, but the mantra seems the same.Assistant boss Joe Gallen did the post-match media duties after goals from Gareth Evans and Ronan Curtis earned Pompey a 2-1 win at Bristol City - their fourth straight league win in the new campaign.Gallen was pleased at the win but was already ....


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Rovers 1 Pompey 2: Late Drama Sees Pompey Make It Four From Four

Ronan Curtis likes away games - and Gareth Evans likes scoring. Curtis followed up his Blackpool starring show with a late winner at Bristol Rovers... after Evans had scored for the second game in a row to put Pompey ahead.The hard-working 2-1 win was Pompey\'s fourth League One success from four and leaves them second in the league, level on points with Peterborough.Kenny Jackett named an unchanged starting line-up and it was Pompey - in their new black third strip - who drew first blood when ....


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Pompey Must Not Start Praising Themselves - And Won\'t

Pompey have already had their best start to a league campaign for 30. They can up that to their best for nearly 40 with a win at Bristol Rovers tonight - but you won\'t find Kenny Jackett giving too much store to such stats.He is trying to keep players and fans\' feet firmly on the ground ahead of the tricky trip to Bristol Rovers, where Kyle Bennett, among others, is likely to be out to end Pompey\'s perfect start.He told the Pompey website: \'Football is about looking forward – and we have to ....


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Pompey 4 Oxford 1 - The Lowe Show Is A Hit

Three League One games - three League One wins. Not for three decades have Pompey made such a good start to a league campaign.Jamal Lowe was the star with two of the goals - his second a gem of a run and finish - but new loan recruit from Millwall Ben Thompson also starred as an ordinary Oxford team were sent packing from Fratton just as they were last spring.More than half the starting line-up was altered from the one that had lost to AFC Wimbledon in the cup in midweek. Thompson, Craig ....


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Pompey Boss Defends Multiple Team Changes

Kenny Jackett defended his decision to change almost half his team for the League Cup with AFC Wimbledon - and said you needed to use your full squad in the hectic start to the season.As he warmed up for Oxford\'s visit in League One on Saturday he told the Pompey website: \'All five of the switches we made are players who I believe are genuine contenders that we will need over the course of the season.\'Managers usually make a number of changes at this stage of the competition – and it’s ....


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