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Hart Ready To Raise More Eyebrows For Pompey

Paul Hart says he will not be afraid to take a few gambles as he tries to guide Pompey through the run-in. Since taking over in February, Hart has already shown he is not afraid to surprise people with selections, tactics and substitutions – most recently by pitching Glen Johnson into midfield against Everton last weekend, with Younes Kaboul at right-back. Hart says you have to do what ....


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Pompey Aren't Half-price - But What Price Are They?

Pompey have denied reports they have halved the amount they are up for sale for – but have declined to tell fans exactly what is happening regarding the future of the club. They say reports the price tag is down by half to around £35m are inaccurate, but add that the details of the sale remain confidential. They also curiously say that comments Peter Storrie made at a fans’ ....


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Injury Scare Hits Pompey

Pompey are anxiously waiting for news of Peter Crouch’s calf injury after he was forced to sit out England training. Crouch, who promises to be such a key man in Pompey’s remaining nine games, linked up with the England squad on Tuesday for their games against Slovakia and the Ukraine. But he was forced to miss the opening training session after complaining of tightness in his ....


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Players' Desire Is Nothing New To Pompey Boss

Paul Hart has praised the desire which was a key factor in the win over Everton – and which he is seeing from his squad every day in training. The victory put Pompey three points clear of the relegation zone, just eight days after they’d been in it. And they have a game in hand over all the teams around them, with nine still to play as opposed to their rivals having eight. Hart was ....


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Pompey Staying At Fratton - At Least For Now

Pompey have come up with a new plan to stay at Fratton Park - admitting that moving to Horsea Island could take much longer than previously thought. The club say their ultimate aim remains a new 40-45,000-seater stadium at Horsea Island, but over the past year it has become increasingly apparent that this may take considerably longer to achieve. So they have come up with a two-stage plan: the ....


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Toffees Expect Stiff Test At Fratton

Everton keeper Tim Howard says the Toffees are under no illusions their European qualification hopes face a stern test at Fratton on Saturday. The stopper says the game against the Blues – who beat his team 3-0 at Goodison earlier in the season - will be anything but easy. ‘I think that's always a tough place to play,’ said Howard. ‘I think every team in the Premier ....


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Primus In Vintage Form To Help Kids

Linvoy Primus took another step towards full fitness when he helped an otherwise-young Pompey reserve side to a victory at Stoke. Danny Bogard struck the only goal in stoppage time to give a youthful side victory against an experienced Stoke team at the Britannia Stadium. Primus was the only senior player in the Blues line-up. It was another indication that he could yet step into the ....


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Pennant Injury Could Force Hart Rethink

Paul Hart is set to be forced into a formation rethink if Jermaine Pennant is ruled out of the clash with Everton by a calf injury. There are fears the injury is a tear, which would rule out any hope of the wideman, on loan from Liverpool, being fit to face the blue half of Merseyside. Who would come into his place is uncertain, with the obvious choice John Utaka out of the picture recently ....


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Mullins Targets Win To Make Up For Boro Woe

Hayden Mullins is targeting a win against Everton next Saturday to make up for the huge disappointment Pompey felt at not holding on for victory at Middlesbrough. Mullins says the squad are devastated at letting in another points-costing late goal. Chelsea and Liverpool are among teams who have struck late to cost Pompey dear already this year, and now Boro have done the same. Mullins told ....


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Don't Worry Be Happy - That's Pennant's Outlook

Jermaine Pennant has told his Pompey team-mates that enjoying their football is the key to climbing out of the bottom three. The Blues go to relegation rivals Middlesbrough on Saturday in the bottom three for the first time since the Great Escape of 2006. A point could be enough to take them above the line, and Pennant says there is plenty of hard work ahead of the side. But he says they must ....


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O'neil Hailed Ahead Of Pompey Reunion

Gareth Southgate has warmed up for Pompey’s hugely-important visit to Middlesbrough on Saturday by hailing the attitude of the man he wouldn’t let return to Fratton Park in January. The Boro boss said he did not know how the midfielder would respond when the club said they would not accept a transfer window offer from Pompey. But in the games which have followed, Southgate feels ....


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Mullins Hails Hart Effect

Pompey star Hayden Mullins has become the latest to praise the influence new boss Paul Hart and coach Brian Kidd are having on the team. With Pompey needing points to pull clear of the drop zone, Hart's arrival has boosted everyone, even though Mullins was signed by former boss Tony Adams. 'The boys are responding. That's the main thing you want as a manager,' he told The News.'He has his ....


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Fratton Future Unclear For So Many

Richard Hughes has expressed sympathy with Pompey’s army of almost-out-of-contract players by revealing the difficulties of life without a guaranteed deal. Sol Campbell, Hermann Hreidarsson, Kanu and Linvoy Primus top the list of Pompey players out of contract at the end of the season. Sean Davis' career is also in limbo after initial talks on a contract extension broke down back in ....


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Little In Surprise Loan Move

Frustrated Glen Little is back at Reading – on loan until the end of the season – after failing to hold down a regular spot in Pompey’s line-up. Little, who has not appeared in Pompey’s side since Boxing Day, says he is pleased to have rejoined his former club, who are battling for promotion to the Premier League. ‘It was an easy decision to come back and I'll do ....


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Pompey Warm Up For Run-in

Pompey have arrived in Dubai for a break aimed at refreshing them ahead of the 11-match run-in which will begin with them having plenty to do to make sure they stay up. A warm-weather training camp takes them far away from snowy Britain, where midweek Premier League results left them just a place and a point off the relegation zone. Wins for Stoke, Hull and Spurs have turned up the heat – ....


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Pompey Launch Their Player Hall Of Fame. Who Is In It?

Here is your chance to attend the inaugural PFC Hall of Fame dinner which is taking place on Saturday March 28, 2009. The event, which is being held in the Victory Lounge at Fratton Park, is the clubs way of celebrating its past players by inducting them into it's new Hall of Fame. In the first set of awards are five of the greatest players to ever wear the famous royal blue shirt.  Two ....


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Defenders On Move At Fratton?

One Pompey defender could be on his way out of Fratton for the rest of the season – and another could be leaving for good once the campaign is over. Martin Cranie is being lined up for another loan move – probably to a club in the Championship – while rumours are increasing that Sol Campbell will quit the Blues when his contract runs out in the summer. Campbell could be on his ....


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Crouch Loving Pompey Life As Gekas Waits For His Chance

Peter Crouch is perfectly settled at Pompey and wants to stay at the club for a long time. The England striker, who returned for a second spell at the club in the summer from Liverpool is loving life back on the south coast. 'I'm perfectly settled here. I love playing for Portsmouth. I love living down here and I'm perfectly happy here,' he told the Sports Mail. 'As long as we improve the rest ....


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Academy Gunned Down By Arsenal's Freeman

Pompey Academy went down 1-0 at Eastleigh to league leaders Arsenal, but they were probably flattered by the scoreline. The crucial goal came early in the second half when Luke Freeman scored from close range. The closest Pompey came to scoring was a first half effort from highly-rated Belgian Florent Cuvelier. Click here to see the results of the Pompey Academy side this season Did you see ....


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Pompey Hit Back After Cash Crisis Claims

Pompey have hit out at a report they are facing major financial problems because of a £25m loan being called in. The club say they have an excellent relationship with their banks, and no ‘facilities’ are being withdrawn. The Daily Mirror reported that Sacha Gaydamak was facing a crisis, with South African backers Standard Bank set to demand the loan was repaid, possibly within days. But Pompey used a statement confirming what was reported here on Tuesday – that Ramon ....


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Hart Stresses Defensive Solidity

Pompey's caretaker boss Paul Hart has stressed the importance of players taking responsibility and keeping their defensive shape as the relegation run-in gets underway. As February gives way to March, the games will begin to run out quickly and Pompey still need at least four wins from their remaining games to be sure of staying in the Premier League. But Hart is convinced they are up to the ....


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Where Now After Pompey Turn Down Bid?

Pompey’s future ownership remains uncertain after Sacha Gaydamak tuend down a bid fronted by Ramon Vega – apparently because it was significantly too low. It is understood an offer from VS Investments, fronted by former Tottenham player Vega, was deemed unacceptable by the club's board. Reports on BBC radio say the bid was low because it factored in Pompey's debt of about ....


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Man United Game Rescheduled

Pompey's trip to Manchester United has been re-scheduled for Wednesday April 22 with an 8pm kick off. The clash with the league leaders was scheduled for this coming weekend, but was put back due to United's appearance in the Carling Cup final against Spurs. Click here to see Pompey's results so far this season. Who should replace Tony Adams as Pompey boss? Bilic, Eriksson, Grant, Hart & ....


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Hermann Doesn't Want To Be A Hermit

Revitalised Hermann Hreidarsson is keen to stay at Fratton Park – as long as whoever takes over as manager gives him regular football. The popular Icelandic defender has marked his return to a starting spot with goals in each of the past two games in front of the Fratton end. Now he has told The News he believes he may get more chances following the departure of Tony Adams. Hreidarsson ....


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Another Fa Say: Hands Off, Pompey

If it’s an international boss Pompey want to replace Tony Adams, they are fast finding out it’s not as easy as it looks. Already the Mexican FA are being over-protective of Sven Goran Eriksson, one of Pompey’s targets for the job. And now Croatian authorities are taking the same line over Slaven Bilic, another manager who has been linked with the post. Croatia have ruled out ....


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