If Pompey were a middle distance runner, now would be the time to make their move from the back of the pack, we don't want to be boxed in for much longer and the pacesetters are moving away!
Can Pompey drag themselves off the bottom today? Next week is the sort of game you take what you can from, so today any sort of result is needed, Paul hart has got us playing with spirit, but it is a results business after all.
Pompey: Ashdown; Ben Haim, Kaboul, Wilson, Hreidarsson; Brown, Mullins, Boateng, O'Hara; Dindane, Kanu
Subs: Niemi, Vanden Borre, Williamson, Hughes, Smith, Webber, Piquionne
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Collins, Delap, Diao, Whitehead, Etherington, Beattie, Fuller.
Subs: Simonsen, Higginbotham, Whelan, Lawrence, Sidibe, Pugh, Sanli.
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