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Jesus Identifies Crosses For Crouch As Main Threat

Braga manager Jorge Jesus has identified Peter Crouch as the biggest threat to his side's hopes of getting a result against Pompey. Crouch scored twice as Pompey knocked Braga's near neighbours Guimares out in the previous round and Jesus is well aware of his ability. "The first goal in Guimaraes came down the right hand side where Vitoria had a central defender (Andrezinho) at 1.7 metres, tall ....

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Hughes Back In Pompey Contention

Pompey midfielder Richard Hughes is back in contention for Thursday’s UEFA Cup tie against Braga after recovering from injury. The club’s physio Gary Sadler revealed that Hughes has been training normally this week and is in the squad which has flown to Portugal. ‘This week we’ve had Richard Hughes back into training on Monday and Lauren joined in training on Monday and ....

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I'm Happy Doing What I'm Doing At Pompey

Armand Traore warmed up for Pompey's latest Portuguese adventure by revealing he is loving life at Fratton - hinting he is happier here than he was at Arsenal. Traore has been almost an automatic choice for Harry Redknapp since his loan move from the Emirates at the end of August, and he is delighted to be playhing regular Premier League and European football. The versatile left-sided star ....

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Little Says He Will Only Get Better

Glenn Little is looking forward to tussling with continental opponents in the UEFA Cup. Pompey's midfield signing from Reading in the summer is still coming to terms with the transformation in his career since the shock move. And he is certainly in manager Harry Redknapp's thinking for the UEFA Cup group game at Braga on Thursday. Little arrived at Fratton on a free transfer and the ....

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Diarra Will Miss Uefa Cup Clash

Lassana Diarra will not be risked in Thursday's UEFA Cup clash in Portugal. The midfielder, who has not played since the last round of the compeition, should be fit to face Fulham, but Pompey will not take any risks with his fitness. Diarra has missed the last three games through injury and suspension, and sat out two matches for France earlier this month with a knee problem. He has been ruled ....

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Fringe Pair Stake Pompey Claims

Two of Harry Redknapp's fringe players have given him something to think about with goals for thre reserves in their win over Aston Villa. Second-half goals by Ben Sahar and Jerome Thomas gave Pompey Reserves their first home win of the season against unbeaten Aston Villa on a very wet night at West Leigh Park. Pompey took the lead from the penalty spot on 68 minutes. Thomas was brought down in ....

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On Loan Arsenal Star Wouldn't Rule Out Pompey Move

On loan midfielder Armand Traore wouldn't rule out a permanent move to Fratton Park. The 19-year-old Arsenal starlet has impressed down the left flank since his loan move in the summer and the lure of first team football could tempt him to stay permanently. And the player plans talks to decide where his future lies before the end of the season when his loan spell ends. 'I really like it here. ....

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O'neill: Get On With Any Abuse Harry

Martin O'Neill reckons his Pompey counterpart needs to turn a deaf ear to any flak coming his way at Villa Park on Saturday. Last season Redknapp complained bitterly about some Villa fans reaction to a TV documentuary linking him with some suspect practices. But O'Neill cited his experience of Old Firm derbies and said that Redknapp should just get on with it. “He is not the only manager ....

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Redknapp's Call To Stretched Squad

Harry Redknapp has called for a few more helpings of the spirit that saw off Stoke as Pompey begin another fixture-packed fortnight. Pompey came through seven games in 23 days pretty well recently, and now after another break from domestic football, they go into a schedule of five games in 15 days - starting at Aston Villa on Saturday. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> ....

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Utaka Plans To Make Villa Team

John Utaka is hoping to return to first team action at Aston Villa on Saturday after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. The Nigeria international is back in full training after recovering from a hamstring tear and will be challenging Glen Little for the right side of midfield slot. There is a vacancy there as Papa Bouba Diop will be asked to play in his preferred central ....

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Niko Set To Be Back By The End Of The Month

Niko Kranjcar will soon be back from injury - and back in Harry Redknapp's team if the boss has anything to do with it. The Croatia international has been absent since August after injury ankle ligamenty on international duty, but he is stepping up his training schedule and could be back for the end of the month. 'Niko is coming back, hopefully by the back end of the month, which is a big bonus ....

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Little Puts Injury Woe Behind Him

Winger Glen Little has declared himself fully fit again after a series of niggling injuries so far this season Little signed from Reading in the summer on a free transfer, but he has been ruled out of action for most of the season so far, making just one start. "It’s good to be back playing games and now I’d like to get a good run in the side," he told the official site. “As ....

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Davis Wants To Stay At Fratton

Sean Davis wants a new deal at Fratton Park, but the club have yet to respond to his demands. The 29-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer and almost moved to both Celtic and Everton in last transfer window, but he has forced his way back into Harry Redknapp's plans. The departures of Sulley Muntari and Pewdro Mendes re-opened the door for a player who looked on his way out after ....

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'shattered' Distin Calls For Fixture Re-think

Pompey defender Sylvain Distin has called on football's decision-makers to re-examine the strain the fixture list puts on players. Distin has been playing virtually non-stop since the start of the season and he admits it has taken its toll on him. 'They have to look at it because things need to change. We are used to training every day but we are not used to seven games in 23 days,' he told The ....

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Milan Tickets On Sale From Tuesday

Pompey season ticket holder can start buying their places at the AC Milan and Heerenveen matches from Tuesday. Fans are reminded they will need to buy tickest for both games. The price for both games is: £40 for adults, £20 for seniors and £10 for children. Tickets will be sold to members from Monday, October 27 before going on general sale from Monday, November 3, provided ....

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'james Should Have Done Better': Corrigan

West Brom goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan reckons David James should have been an even better keeper than he turned out. A former keeper himself in the 1960s and 70s, Corrigan coached James while he held a similar position at Anfield and he can't help feeling the current England keeper didn't quite fulfil his potential. “No-one can take away the career that David has forged for himself and ....

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James Backs 'stubborn' Fab To Succeed

David James has backed his 'stubborn' England boss Fabio Capello to deliver for the national side. The goalkeeper, who played in England's 5-1 win over Kazakstahn on Saturday was full of praise for the Italian. "Mr Capello is stubborn enough, in the nicest way, to put his point of view across to everyone in the side - and then you basically do what he wants to do," he siad. "He doesn't mind ....

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Kaboul Promises France Will Give Their All

Pompey defender Younes Kaboul is confident France can qualify for the Euro Under 21 championships after his side held Germany to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their play off. Kaboul, who signed for Pompey from Spurs in the summer, featured in the France side, scoring their goal and afterwards he had this to say on the French Football Federation official site. "It was hard match and very ....

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Get Used To Sunday Football, Pompey

If there is a downside to the UEFA Cup, it's the effect it has on Saturday football. Pompey have played just two games on Saturdays so far this season - and they won't be playing too many more in the next couple of months. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> Their Thursday UEFA Cup ties against SC Braga, AC Milan and Wolfsburg have forced another three ....

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Jamo Is An Award-winner Again

Pompey keeper David James has won another award - but this time it is his efforts off the field which have earned the plaudits. James has been announced as the winner of the Football Supporters’ Federation’s (FSF) Columnist of the Year 2008. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> Malcolm Clarke, chair of the FSF, presented the award to the ....

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Joy At Ac Milan Tie Comes With A Plea

Harry Redknapp has spoken of his delight at seeing Pompey paired with AC Milan in the UEFA Cup. But his joy comes with a plea: Don't give the game a silly kick-off time.   The Pompey boss was unhappy at the early start for the first leg against Vitoria SC Guiramaes and the late kick-off in Portugal. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // -->   He ....

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Uefa Cup Draw: Pompey To Face Ac

Pompey will host AC Milan in the group stage of the UEFA Cup. They will also play Heerenveen, SC Braga and VfL Wolfsburg. The first game is away to Braga, then it's home to AC Milan, away to Wolfsburg and home to Heerenveen. Oct 23: Braga (away)Nov 6: No gameNov 27: AC Milan (home)Dec 4: Wolfsburg (away)Dec 17: Heerenveen (home) Pompey's Peter Crouch said the Blues wouldn't be ....

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Uefa Cup Seedings Confirmed Ahead Of Draw

UEFA has confirmed the seedings for the draw for the group stages of the UEFA Cup. The draw will be made on Tuesday in Nyon, Switzerland. One team from each pot will be allocated to each of the eight groups during the draw, which will take from 11.00 BST on Tuesday. The 40 participants will form eight groups of five, with each side playing two home and two away matches. Clubs ....

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Crouch's Goals Earn England Recall

Peter Crouch has regained his place in the England squad as Pompey have four players called up for the national side for the first time in their history. After being surprisingly left out for the World Cup qualifiers in Andorra and Croatia, Crouch has responded with four goals in a week. The latest helped Pompey to a 2-1 victory over Stoke on Sunday. England boss Fabio Capello will no doubt ....

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Pulis Owes Great Debt To Redknapp

Tony Pulis has paid tribute to Harry Redknapp as he prepares to bring his Stoke team to face Pompey at Fratton Park. Redknapp took Pulis to Dean Court in 1987 and the Welsh midfielder helped Bournemouth to the title. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> He later became manager at the Cherries after Redknapp had moved on to West Ham But as he prepares ....

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