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Good Time To Play Them - And Us?

Pompey will probably view it as a good time to play Blackburn – but Blackburn may view it as a good time to face Pompey. Rovers are in a wretched run of form which has had some questioning Paul Ince’s future at Ewood Park and they arrive at Fratton Park kept off the bottom of the table only by another defeat for West Brom. But they will doubtless be hopeful of some return from ....


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Striker Boosts Patched-up Pompey

Jermain Defoe is fit to face Blackburn after missing out on the UEFA Cup draw with AC Milan. Pompey’s top scorer has declared himself fit to face Rovers on Sunday (3pm) and he seems likely to replace Kanu, who has a slight groin strain after his exertions against the Italians. Defoe - one of four key men to miss the Milan tie - told Sky Sports: ‘I'm alright, I'll be back this ....


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Adams Revels In Pompey's Night To Cherish

Tony Adams reflected on Pompey's night of drama and pride against AC Milan and declared: That's what I want to be doing with my life. The Pompey boss was full of praise for his team - and said he did not share the dejection the players felt at letting Milan come back from the dead to snatch a 2-2 draw. Adams said: 'I'm delighted. I thought they were excellent tonight. It was a really positive ....


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Star Pair Give Pompey A Big Boost

Pompey have been given a massive double boost by Jermain Defoe and Lassana Diarra. It had been feared Defoe would be out for up to six weeks if he needed an operation on a calf injury, but he could now be fit for Sunday's game with Blackburn. It wouldn't be a total surprise to see Defoe feature against AC Milan, possibly from the bench, though Pompey are not admitting that might happen. Diarra ....


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Blues Boss Fears Milan's Seconds

Pompey boss Tony Adams is almost hoping AC Milan don’t play an under-strength side in Thursday’s UEFA Cup tie – because he says their fringe players could be more dangerous than their stars. Adams can’t wait to begin what he describes as the 'most prestigious game this club will ever play'. The illustrious visitors, having won their first two games in the competition are ....


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Johnno's Great - But Not The Finished Article

Tony Adams is tipping Glen Johnson to go on improving after the man of the moment scored a goal of the season contenders days after starring for England. The Pompey boss said his only disappointment was that Johnson’s superb left-foot volley did not win the game against Hull, as it deserved to do. Johnson is in terrific form at the moment, having played superbly for England in Berlin last ....


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Fringe Men May Get Milan Chance

Tony Adams has raised a few eyebrows by saying some of the players who got Pompey to and won them the FA Cup final last season will get a run-out against AC Milan on Thursday. The Pompey boss says Premier League games are more important than the UEFA Cup and he wants to reward the likes of Kanu, Hermann Hreidarsson and David Nugent for their roles in the Cup triumph. He also hinted Lauren could ....


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Stars Turn Out To Launch New Book About Pompey & Saints

Alan McLoughlin, Ray Hiron and John Milkins will be supporting the launch of a new book about the rivalry between Pompey and Saints on Saturday November 22. The trio of Pompey legends will join author of 17 Miles From Paradise, Colin Farmery, at Waterstone's bookshop in Commercial Road, Portsmouth between 11am and noon. They will be signing copies of the book, which details the story of a ....


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African Target Back On Pompey's Radar?

Long-time Pompey target Stephen Appiah could come back on to the club’s radar after speaking of his strong desire to find a new club.. The Ghanaian midfielder, who was long watched by Harry Redknapp, played for his country during Wednesday’s friendly with Tunisia and afterwards outlined his plans to sign a deal with a new club in the near future. He is a free agent, having been ....


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Belhadj Wants Permanent Pompey Stay

Nadir Belhadj is hoping he can make his move to Pompey permanent as soon as possible. The Algerian joined Pompey on loan from Lens in the summer and he really wants to stay in England, even though he's still getting to grips with the language. 'It's going really well. Even the language problem is not too bad, as there are a number of French players in the squad, who are helping me understand ....


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Belhadj Finds England To This Algerian's Liking

Nadir Belhadj is finding he is able to thrive in England as an Algerian - something he found hard in France. And the player is also relishing playing in the Premier League. 'I sense no obstacles in England. The English have no problem in saying "Belhadj the Algerian footballer" without any complex and in their league, it is the best players that play,' he told Le Buteur website. 'In contrast, ....


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Kaboul Makes A Point In More Ways Than One

Younes Kaboul was happy after Pompey picked up a point and a clean sheet at West Ham and the France defender is now after a starting place every week. Kaboul was the pick of the Pompey team as they battloed to a useful point at the Boleyn Ground. 'I was pleased with my performance. When I play, I always try to give my best every time and I have to continue like that to try to stay in the team,' ....


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South African Talk ... Is Just That

Pompey have played down fresh talk that a consortium of South African and British-based businessmen could make a formal bid to buy the club in the next fortnight . The club dismissed as speculation reports from South Africa suggest a deal could be on the table within 14 days. Football agent Mike Makaab told South Africa's Sunday Times he was acting as a 'contact person' for the consortium. He ....


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Adams Fires Defoe Warning

Tony Adams fired a warning shot in the direction of Sacha Gaydamak after Pompey made it four points from two away games in a goalless draw at West Ham.. Adams warned that he would not carry on as manager if Jermain Defoe – denied three times by excellent saves from Robert Green at Upton Park – or anyone else he wanted to keep was sold in the January transfer window. It is not clear ....


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Metgod's Got A Pompey Dream

Tony Adams’ new right-hand man has told of his delight at joining Pompey – and his dream of helping lead them to become regulars in European competition. Metgod takes his place in the dugout for the first time at West Ham on Saturday after almost 20 years on the staff at Feyenoord, following a playing career that took him to Real Madrid, Nottingham Forest and Spurs. In his first ....


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Primus Hopes For Talks On Pompey Future

Linvoy Primus expects to hold talks with Tony Adams over his Pompey future – but is content just to be playing regular football at Charlton for now. Primus revealed he had spoken to Adams since he succeeded Harry Redknapp at Pompey, but they did not talk about his current contract. Primus is the only first-team squad member on Pompey’s books not bought by Redknapp. He said: ....


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Pompey Sitting On A Gold Mine?

Takeover talk at Pompey has gone into overdrive with the news that a South African consortium is apparently set to strike a deal to buy the club. Led by gold magnate Greg James, the consortium has already had talks with owner Sacha Gaydamak about buying the club, although the deal still has to be finalised. Several national newspapers are reporting that negotiations are going well, although the ....


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Metgod Set For Pompey Coaching Role

Pompey are expected to unveil former Nottingham Forest and Holland midfielder Johnny Metgod as their new first team coach on Tuesday. The 50-year-old, who worked with manager Tony Adams during his spell at Feyenoord in 2005, will join the Fratton coaching staff, according to 107.4 The Quay. And he may well be joined by Terry Burton, the Cardiff assistant manager, who is widely tipped as Adams' ....


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Defoe Insists He's Going Nowhere

Pompey striker Jermain Defoe insists he is going nowhere in the transfer window. The club's leading scorer has been linked with a return to Spurs to team up with former boss Harry Redknapp, but he dismissed the talk. "I'm a Portsmouth player and I'll continue working hard for the club. I'm enjoying my time here. I'm scoring goals and I'm part of a good team," he said after his late penalty ....


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Worst Display - Best Result

Tony Adams believes Pompey got their first win under his management with their worst performance. Second-half goals by Nadir Belhadj and Jermain Defoe, the latter from the penalty spot, gave the Blues their first win in more than a month, and followed defeats to Wigan and Liverpool and a draw with Fulham. Adams was delighted, if a little surprised, by the victory. ‘I love winning, I love ....


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Milan And Wolfsburg Take Group Control

AC Milan and Wolfsburg notched wins in Pompey’s UEFA Cup group to make themselves favourites to finish in the top two – but there’s plenty of football to be played yet. It took the Italians until the 90th minute to get the breakthrough at home to Braga, who they had been level on points with at the top of Group E. Ronaldinho did the trick for them after coming off the bench in ....


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Surprise Twist In Keown Saga

Martin Keown will not be coming to Pompey as part of Tony Adams' backroom staff. Adams has told Radio Solent the move - widely expected to go ahead after the former Arsenal defender spoke of his interest in the job - will not go ahead. More on this later. Discuss this on our forum. It's quick and easy to register // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....


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Pompey's Euro Hopes Become Clearer

Pompey's UEFA Cup chances will become clearer tonight as the other four sides in Group E all play their second game. AC Milan, the strong favourites to win the group, play Braga, who are with the Italians on three points after beating the Blues a fortnight ago. And Wolfsburg play their first match at home to Heerenveen, who lost their opener against AC. Pompey need only to finish third in the ....


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Gaydamak Set To Reveal His Thoughts On The Quay

Sacha Gaydamak is due to talk exclusively about the future of Portsmouth Football Club. On Thursday, Portsmouth’s 107.4 The Quay are due to broadcast an exclusive interview with the club's owner. The most eagerly-anticipated interview of the season so far will be brought to you by The Quay's Head of Sport Chris Wise and Mark Mudie In their conversation, Gaydamak talks about Harry ....


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Diop Spot On ... With His Attitude

Tony Adams has praised under-fire Papa Bouba Diop for his attitude – in the wake of many fans calling for him to be dropped. The Pompey boss has defended the Senegalese midfielder after two nightmare games in which he has conceded two fairly needless penalties and missed a sitter which could have put Pompey ahead at Anfield. Adams’ backing suggests Diop will keep his place at ....


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