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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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Dons Should Not Have Left Fratton With Cup Victory

Christian Burgess said Pompey should have been capable of holding on to their Carabao Cup lead against Wimbledon and reaching the second round.He headed Pompey into the lead in the Fratton Park first round tie but the Dons levelled and then won it late on through Anton Walkes\' own goal.Burgess told the club website: \'It’s a hard one to take for us and I felt that we should have held on really. There’s disappointment because we wanted to progress in the cup and Wimbledon just got on top of us ....


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League Cup Woe For Walkes And Pompey

Anton Walkes has a habit of scoring at Fratton Park - he did it on his debut last season and netted a scorcher in the friendly with FC Utrecht last month.Against AFC Wimbledon in the League Cup he did it again, but at the wrong end - putting in an own goal that dumped his team out at the first hurdle.He turned a cross into his own net with two minutes left to see the Dons go through.Pompey took the lead five minutes into the second half when Christian Burgess headed in a Gareth Evans corner.Joe ....


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Curtis Is Main Man As Pompey Win At Blackpool

Ronan Curtis\'s double made it two wins from two for Pompey and put them in fifth place in the albeit-early League One table.The recruit from Derry City scored in each half to put Pompey on their way to victory, although Mark Cullen pulled one back and had one disallowed as the Seasiders fought back.Brett Pitman was left on the bench as Ben Close and Oli Hawkins came in for starts in a line-up that surprised many in blue.For Blackpool Joe Dodoo hit the post and then Nathan Delfouneso brought a ....


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Pompey Need To Be Better In Many Areas

Pompey head into a period of three games in eight days with the manager telling his players they need to do better than their performance against Luton.The Blues may have won that first day encounter 1-0 but Kenny Jackett believes there is more to come from his team as they travel to Blackpool on Saturday ahead of home League Cup and league games to follow.Jackett told the Pompey website: \'We have a win to build on, but we want to be better than we were in many areas last week. We’ll need to ....


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There Are Pompey Plusses - And Minuses - After Luton Lose At Fratton

There were things that pleased boss Kenny Jackett as Pompey got the season off to a winning start at home to Luton - and things that didn\'t.The manager felt the Blues didn\'t offer enough in attack and didn\'t win enough of the game\'s aerial challenges.The game, despite the 1-0 win, gave him plenty to ponder as he plots his tactics for the trip to Blackpool next Saturday.Jackett told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: \'We showed terrific heart and spirit, with some very good defending, although we ....


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It\'s \'hello Hatters\' As Pompey Start Afresh

It\'s a day short of three months since Pompey\'s last competitive game, and they find themselves back at Fratton Park for the start of a new campaign as Luton visit for the League One opener.They kick off with hopes high among fans that Kenny Jackett can engineer a serious bid for promotion.This first test will be a good indicator of how far the Blues have come since the end of last season, as a new-look home team comes up against one of the newly-promoted clubs.Lee Brown, Ronan Curtis, Craig ....


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Pompey New Boys Ready To Go Dutch

Pompey fans get a first Fratton Park glimpse of up to five new faces this afternoon as the Blues face Dutch side FC Utrecht.Kenny Jackett is expected to field something like the line-up he plans to use in the league opener against Luton next week.That should mean starts for Craig MacGillivray, Lee Brown, Tom Naylor, Louis Dennis and Ronan Curtis.Kick-off is at 1pm and Jackett told the Pompey website: \'Looking at where they finished last season and the overall profile of the club, it’s a great ....


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New Trio Out To Help Pompey Climb Table

Latest from truebluearmy.com  Pompey could have three new names in their side at Oxford on Saturday after completing thre signings in one day. Richie Barker will be delighted to recruit two strikers and a full-back as he bids to get the Blues out of the doldrums.   ....


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Duo Chance Their Arm At Fratton As Fulham Man Is Linked

Latest from truebluearmy.com  Pompey boss Richie Barker is playing a straight bat to questions over whether Nicky Shorey and Jake Jervis could become Pompey players. Meanwhile, a Fulham youngster is the latest to be linked with a transfer-window move to Fratton.   ....


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Pompey May Try To Attract Premier League Starlets

Latest from truebluearmy.com  Pompey are trying to convince more Premier League fringe players to follow Daniel Alfei and get their first-team experience at Fratton Park.   ....


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Extra Week Could Suit Pompey ... Midfielder Signs

Latest from truebluearmy.com  Pompey have an extra week to get injured players fit and new players into Fratton Park after the home clash with Accrington Stanley fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.   ....


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Swan Lands - Will Others Be Flocking To Fratton Too?

Latest from truebluearmy.com  Daniel Alfei is Richie Barker's Pompey signing - but the manager has warned he will need a good number more during January.   ....


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Work On Vital Ins And Outs Ahead Of Pompey Boss

Latest from truebluearmy.com  Manager Richie Barker is well-progressed in working out who he wants to keep at Pompey - and how many new faces he feels he needs to bring in during January.   ....


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Barker Plans Squad Review - Big Changes May Follow

Latest from truebluearmy.com  Richie Barker says he is more concerned by his squad than by the prospect of relegation - because if he can get them doing the right things, the club's league position will take care of itself.   ....


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