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Players Are Behind Me - Adams

Tony Adams has praised the response he has had from his players since taking over from Harry Redknapp. And he says he has no qualms that victories will come if they keep performing as they did against Wigan. ’They’re totally behind me, so we’ll be alright. I’ve got good players and I believe in them,’ Adams told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk. ‘I hate it when good ....

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Kranjcar Bemoans Pompey's Luck... And Defending

Pompey midfielder Niko Kranjcar has expressed his frustration after the deferat at home to Wigan. And he bemoaned the team's lack of good fortune as they threw the kitchen sink at the visitors, but also accepted the side didn't defend what they had. "After the equaliser we went for everything but we didn’t get anything,” Kranjcar told the offical site. “When you hit the ....

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Storrie Slams 'ridiculous' Story As Takeover Rumours Mount

Chief Executive Peter Storrie has described as 'ridiculous' and article in the People which claimed that Harry Redknapp has first refusal on any players Pompey put up for sale in January. “This is laughable. It’s a ridiculous article. I have had no conversations whatsoever with Harry about players and he can confirm that," Storrie told the official site. “We have an excellent ....

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Adams: I'd Have Settled For A Point

Tony Adams revealed how he would have been happy to settle for a point against Wigan – despite feeling his team could have beaten them 5-0 based on chances created and near misses. The new Pompey boss was instead reflecting on a second straight defeat after Emile Hesekey’s late winner deemed Niko Kranjcar’s goal 10 minutes earlier worthless. Adams could not criticise his team ....

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Keown Ponders Pompey Coaching Role

Martin Keown is thinking over a chance to become a coach at Pompey under Tony Adams' new regime. The former Arsenal and England colleague of Adams revealed on BBC's Football Focus that he had been approached by Pompey. "If I can help in any way it's something I am prepared to look at; that's why we are going to meet. "I need to decide if it's something for me to do in my career. It would be ....

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Jermain's Still My Main Man

Pompey boss Tony Adams has claimed Jermian Defoe can be the top scorer in the league - even though he left him on the bench against Liverpool. Adams opted for a 4-5-1 formation at Anfield to keep things tight and the tactic nearly paid off. But Adams still regards Defoe as his toip striker. "I want Jermain to be the top goalscorer for Portsmouth, he will be. I want him to be top scorer in the ....

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Winger's Delight At Adams' Approach

If Harry Redknapp was always known for knowing when to put an arm around a player, it seems Tony Adams does too. John Utaka has told how Pompey’s new boss gave him a pre-match pep talk at Anfield after telling him he was starting the game in place of Jermain Defoe as the Blues switched to 4-5-1. Utaka, most fans thought, had a livelier match than he has for some time for Pompey and now ....

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Pompey On Taidara Trail

One minute Pompey are on the verge of financial meltdown according to the national press - the next they're about to sign a young French striker in the January transfer window. According to a number of newpapers Pompey are on the trail of Mohammed Taidara - French of Senegalese descent - who has indictaed he may be leaving Paris Saint Germain shortly. However, the 19-year-old has yet to ....

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And The New Pompey Boss Is...

Tony Adams has been appointed Pompey manager today, with his former Arsenal defensive partner Martin Keown expected to be his assistant. The club called a press conference for 1pm where Adams was unveiled and if the Keown aspect is true, it could well mean Joe Jordan is on his way. Some reports are suggesting he could join Harry Redknapp's coaching staff at ....

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Pompey Squad 'would Be Happy With Adams'

David Nugent says Pompey’s players would be happy to see Tony Adams made manager – as Harry Redknapp’s former number two becomes hot favourite to get the job. Nugent is the first Blues squad member to be drawn on who should succeed Redknapp – and he believes Adams is the right man as he is already accustomed to the club and the players. Adams is the bookies’ ....

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Redknapp's Sadness As Fans' Fears Grow

Harry Redknapp has told of his sadness at quitting Pompey – and has suggested the club should consider Tony Adams and Joe Jordan to take over. Redknapp heads to White Hart Lane to oversee Spurs’ game with Bolton this afternoon knowing he has left Pompey fans in shock. Some are angry at what they see as another betrayal – others are simply wishing him well and thanking ....

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Harry Is New Spurs Boss

Harry Redknapp is the new manager of Spurs. Tottenham are paying Pompey £5m in compensation as they install Redknapp as replacement for Juande Ramos, who they sacked on Saturday night. Redknapp confirmed on Sky Sports News he was leaving, and said it was the right time for him and for Pompey because of the dinancial uncertaintly surrounding Fratton Park. He said although Sacha ....

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Injuries Add To Pompey's Woes

Pompey's two Glens - Little and Johnson - are doubts for Sunday's visit of Fulham as the Blues bid to recover from a nightmare trip to Portugal. Johnson missed the defeat with Braga with a pelvic problem. And Little's injury jinx struck as he limped off with a hamstring strain in Portugal. Redknapp's squad - already without several key men - has now been given another hit it can scarcely ....

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Braga Keeper Respects Pompey

Braga goalkeeper Eduardo has promised his team will respect Pompey as an opponent. And he reiterated the threat Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe pose to Braga's ambitions. 'We all aspire play against the big teams. They are games that give name and prestige to the club. Certainly we are up for the challenge," he said ahead of the game. "The Portsmouth have players of world-class quality but we ....

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Braga President Targets Two Home Wins

Braga President Antonio Salvador reckons his side can beat Pompey and qualify for the latter stages of the UEFA Cup. And he prefers to face Pompey and Heerenveen at home in the group, rather than have the glamour tie visit of AC Milan. "We regard this game with great optimism, but also with a great sense of responsibility. We are confident a good result, because we know that in home games in ....

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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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