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CHANCE TO CHIME

Posted on 13 December 2007  - 12:00

Gus Poyet sees Saturday's encounter at high-flying Portsmouth as the ideal opportunity to show our true colours.

Gus Poyet sees Saturday's encounter at high-flying Portsmouth as the ideal opportunity to show our true colours.Last weekend’s win against Manchester City – fifth at start of play - saw us climb up to 13th in the table as Juande Ramos looks to gradually claw back points on Reading, West Ham and Newcastle sitting immediately ahead of us.

Pompey will provide another stern test. Currently fifth, they are unbeaten at Fratton Park – albeit with five draws in seven games – and boosted their position further with a sixth-successive away win in the league last weekend at Aston Villa.

“It’s a great game for us because of the opposition, because we need points and we’ll be able to play our football,” said Gus.

“It’s a chance to show everyone that I wouldn’t say we don’t deserve to be where we are – we do, because we don’t have enough points – but to show that we are a better team than the table shows. These are the games to do that.”

First team coach Gus stressed last weekend that a clean sheet was all-important and repeats that message again this week. “In fact, it’s even more important away from home,” he added. “We have strikers who can score goals and we have to believe in ourselves, in our strengths, but we have to be strong defensively.”