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Diarra Hails The Fans On A 'special Night'

Pompey midfielder Lassana Diarra has hailed the Pompey fans after a 'special night' at Fratton Park. The France international scored Pompey's opening goal in the 2-0 win over Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday night to give the club a winning start to its first-ever UEFA Cup campaign. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> "The club felt it ....


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Guimaraes Boss Would Be Happy With 0-0

Guimaraes boss Manuel Cajuda has identified Jermian Defoe and Lassana Diarra is the two greatest threats to his side's hopes of progress in the UEFA Cup. Cajuda, whose side trained on the Fratton Park pitch on Wednesday night, watched Pompey against Middlesbrough on Satuirday and it was the 'D-Team' who caught his eye rather than Peter Crouch. "He [Crouch] is tall, there's no denying it, but ....


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Guimaraes Squad Stretched To The Limit

Guimaraes are bringing a squad of just 17 players to Thursday's UEFA Cup tie after their squad was ravaged by injuries and suspensions. And the Portuguese club have had to include a couple of young players in the squad to make up the numbers. Strikers Diogo Lamelas and Raphael, are the two players concerned, but Guimaraes have been boosted by the return of central defender Sereno, who has yet ....


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Six Stake Claims For Pompey Places

Half a dozen of Pompey's squad players put in their bids to play a part in the busy fortnight ahead when they turned out for the reserves against Arsenal. Strikers Kanu and David Nugent, midfielder Arnold Mvuemba, winger Glen Little and defenders Djimi Traore and Noe Pamarot all played in the 1-0 defeat at West Leigh Park. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....


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Vitoria Boss: We're Coming For A Result

Guimaraes boss Manuel Cajuda is aiming for his team to still be in contention for the second leg after the UEFA Cup game at Fratton Park on Thursday. Before he left with his squad for Hampshire he told the Portuguese press: "People should be calm because we are not leaving for a mission impossible, there is nothing for us to be ashamed about because we are not faced with that situation. Let's ....


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Pedro Mendes Warns Vitoria: Fratton Is Intimidating

Former Pompey favourite Pedro Mendes has told his home-town team Guimaraes that they will have to show great heart to get past Portsmouth. And he told the Portuguese team that Fratton Park would be intimidating. Mendes, who left Fratton Park for Rangers in August told the Record newspaper that Guimares would have to use their frustration at being eliminated from the Champions League in ....


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Injured Guimaraes Skipper Praises Pompey's Pedigree

Guimaraes midfielder Flávio Meireles has downplayed the significance of his injury-enforced absence from Thursday's game and reckons the Portugeuse side can get a result at Fratton. The Vitoria SC captain is among four players ruled out of the game, but he is not concerned and reckons his side can still do well, although he paid tribute to Pompey's pedigree. 'My absence is not important. ....


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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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