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Posted on 27 March 2010  - 12:00

Avram Grant said he was proud of his players after another tough day at the office for Portsmouth.

Opposition view

Avram Grant said he was proud of his players after another tough day at the office for Portsmouth.

Grant was left to reflect on a key save from Heurelho Gomes to deny Anthony Vanden Borre when the scoreline was goalless and Pompey were soon punished as Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar handed us a 2-0 lead.

However, injuries were Grant's major concern as he lost Hermann Hreidarsson, Danny Webber - both stretchered off - and then David James, who limped out of the action late on.

It was hardly ideal for the Fratton Park side with our big FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley on April 11.

"It looks like we have a problem for the semi-final, because at the moment we only have 10 fit players, but we need to wait and see," said Grant.

"But we are not going to give up and will continue to keep fighting despite everything.

"We are trying to be professional and keep the spirit of the game, to play with pride for the supporters.

"I am very, very proud of the boys.

"We came here short of players, with guys out of position, and played well. They had two chances and used them both, we had two, but did not take them."