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Guimaraes Will Be No Pushover

Guimaraes will be no pushover warned Pompey defender Glen Johnson ahead of Thursday's tie. Pompey make their UEFA Cup bow against the Portuguese side, who have a number of injury problems, but they can't afford to take them lightly. “They’re a decent side – they’ll be comfortable on the ball and confident, so it’ll be a tough game.” he said. Despite their ....

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Johnson: We Can Improve This Season

Pompey defender Glen Johnson thinks the team can improve on last season's eighth-place finish. Speaking after Pompey's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at the weekend - the team's second win in succession - Johnso was keen to accentuate the positive. “Last season we dropped silly points against teams we should have been beating. So as long as we correct that then we have every chance of ....

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Guimaraes Injury Problems Multiply

Guimaraes have suffered another injury blow ahead of Thursday UEFA Cup game at Fratton Park. After the withdrawals of striker Douglas, Marquinho, Flavio and Nino Assis, Luis Filipe is the latest player to appear to be ruled out of the clash which kicks off at 6pm. Filipe joined Guimaraes in the summer from Benfica on loan along with Nuno Assis and plays in midfield. Guimaraes boss Manuel ....

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Pompey Silent Over Takeover Talk

Pompey are tight-lipped - so far - over reports that they could be the latest club to be targeted by wealthy Arabs. Alan Nixon in the Sunday People claims Sacha Gaydamak is ready to sell if a deal with an interested party proves viable. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> It is far from the first report that Gaydamak will sell - a number of those have ....

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Diarra To Spurs? Who's Kidding Who?

Harry Redknapp is singing Lassana Diarra's praises again after another top-notch performance against Middlesbrough. Redknapp is bracing himself for a bid from a 'big' club for Diarra, although newspaper speculation can only dredge up an old link with Spurs. "He's unbelievable, he really is," said Redknapp. "He's a top, top, top player and yet so easy to deal with, a good little lad who just ....

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Davis Delighted To Be Back In The Fold

Sean Davis is delighted to be back in the Pompey spotlight after a summer which saw him linked with moves away. The midfielder was supposedly on the verge of joining Celtic at one point, then a deadline day move to Everton fell through. New boys Hull City also monitored former Spurs star Davis's situation too. However, the player, whose contract expires at the end of the season, stayed put and ....

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Guimaeres Have Selection Headache

Guimaeres, Pompey's opponents in the UEFA Cup have got injury and suspension problems ahead of the first leg tie next week. Midfielder Flavio Meireles is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the Champions League qualifier against Basel which saw the Portuguese side elimniated. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> His ....

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Midfielder Bid Boost For Pompey

Pompey's hopes of landing Ghanaian midfielder Stephen Appiah have been boosted by news Arsenal have pulled out of the race. Much now will depend on whether news West Ham Gianfranco Zola wants to pursue the Hammers' interest in the free agent. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> Blues boss Harry Redknapp is a big fan of Appiah's, ....

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Little Looking To Finally Make His Mark

Glen Little is looking forward to finally making his Pompey mark after an injury plagued pre-season has forced him to miss the first three games of the season too. Signed from Reading in the close season, the 32-year-old midfielder had been looking forward to continuing his Indian summer of a career in the top flight. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> ....

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Redknapp Ponders Tactical Options

Harry Redknapp is pondering his formation for Saturday's clash with Middlesbrough, but the 3-5-2 formation so successful at Everton is featuring prominently in his thinking. The wing-back system is synonymous with Pompey's glorious romp to the old first division championship in 2003, but Redknapp has rarely used it in the top flight. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....

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One In, Two Out As England Stun Hosts

David James was the only Pompey player included as England strolled to an incredible 4-1 win in Zagreb with a hat-trick from Theo Walcott. Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe were both dropped from the side who laboured to a win over Andorra last Saturday, and in truth neither was missed as Fabio Capello's side swept aside the group favourites. // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....

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Songo'o Doesn't Remember Pompey With Affection

Former Pompey midfielder Franck Songo'o has spoken of his disappointment that the club wanted too much for him as he looked to get away. The Cameroon international - just back from the Olympics - has now signed for Real Zaragoza, but he doesn't remember his time in England with too much fondness. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....

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Pompey Defender Speaks Out On Loan Move

Martin Cranie has admitted to being frustrated at his lack of first-team chances at Pompey - but has also praised the Blues coaches for helping him improve as a player. The England under-21 defender has moved to Charlton Athletic on loan only minutes before the transfer window closed to gain experience in the Championship, in which he played for QPR last season. // ....

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Davis Backs Pompey To Repeat Last Season's Success

Pompey midfielder Sean Davis is enjoying being back in the first team and thinks the club can emulate last season's success. Davis was a short-priced favourite to leave the club during the summer after being left out of the FA cup final squad, but he has battled back. He played his second game of the season at Everton on August 30 and looks set to keep his place for the home match with ....

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Appiah Deal Moving To Conclusion?

Ghana international midfielder Stephen Appiah expects to have his club career sorted by the end of this week. The former Fenerbahce midfielder is hoping he will be given the statuis of a free agent imminently after a major dispute with the Turkish club over the treatment of a knee injury. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> And ....

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Defender Aims For Pompey Progress

Forgotten man Lauren has told of his desire to push Glen Johnson for a chance to start games for Pompey and play a big part in the club's busy season. The man Harry Redknapp signed from Arsenal 20 months ago has struggled to pin down a first-team place, having struggled with both form and injury since he arrived - not to mention being up against the in-form Johnson for a place. But he says, ....

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Defoe Thanks Pompey For England Calls

Jermain Defoe goes into England's opening World Cup qualifier crediting Pompey with his regained place at the centre of the national team's plans. The 25-year-old has scored 10 goals in 16 Blues games and has impressed Fabio Capello, who seems likely to start him in Andorra tonight and again in Croatia on Wednesday. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....

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Diarra: Young Bleus Need To Step Up To The Plate

Lassana Diarra has told his France team-mates not to forget their Euro 2008 disaster and he called on France's younger generation to step up to the plate. Speaking ahead of France's World Cup qualifier in Austria on Saturday he told France Football: "We mustn't forget, but we must learn from our mistakes made there to move forward. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....

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Which Striker's Next In Line For Pompey?

Harry Redknapp is suddenly spoiled for choice in attack -even if his only decision is which forward to put on the bench. Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch seem highly unlikely to be split as a front two for most or all of the season, although with six games in 23 days coming up after the international break, there is a chance either could be rested for at least one game. // --> // ....

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Belhadj Arrival Makes Harry Happy

Nadir Belhadj will provide great cover down Pompey's left hand side and allow youngster Armand Traore the chance to develop at his own pace. Algeria international Belhadj signed on the deadline from Lens and he is more than familiar with the left hand side, both in midfield and defence. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> 'Belhadj ....

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Uefa Kick-off Moved; Injury Blow

Two bits of bad news: Pompey’s first match in European competition will be a 6pm kick-off, while Jerome Thomas is out for up to three months with a back injury. The new kick-off time for the match against against Vitoria SC at Fratton Park on Thursday, September 18, is due to the game being televised live on Five. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> ....

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Harry Pleased As Little & Large Hit It Off At Last

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp has expressed his delight that new strike partnership Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch have finally hit it off. After two games with out a goal - and barely a chance - between them, some fans were beginning to worry the much-vaunted partnership might be a flop. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....

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It's Quiet, Too Quiet .. Good News For Pompey?

In the end, it was all rather uneventful. While one or two clubs spent big, Pompey didn't - recruiting just two fairly low-key players on loan on transfer deadline. But the fact the Blues sold no-one - especially that they didn't sell Lassana Diarra, despite late interest from Spurs - meant that transfer deadline day wasn't a bad one for the Blues. // --> // --> // --> // ....

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Deadline Night Dramas Ahead For Pompey?

JOEY BARTON in? Lassana Diarra out? Stephen Appiah in? Noe Pamarot out? In? Out? In? Out? Shake it all about.   Who knows what to believe any more in this mad transfer deadline day world?  The latest is that Joey Barton could be coming to Pompey, to make room for Lassana Diarra to be sold. If it helps comfort you, we're reasonably confident neither of those deals will happen - here ....

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Barton To Pompey Deal Looks Unlikely

A Pompey move for Newcastle 'bad-boy' Joey Barton seems to be wide of the mark The Newcastle midfielder, who has recently been released from prison after being convicted for assault and who is facing a lengthy ban from the FA for his attack on a Manchster City team mate ahd been linked with a move to a 'top ten' Premier League side. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....

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