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Tom expects tough test

Posted on 15 October 2009  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone admits it's probably not the best time to face Portsmouth - but is confident we can go and win at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Tom Huddlestone admits it's probably not the best time to face Portsmouth - but is confident we can go and win at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Pompey ended a run of seven straight defeats in the Barclays Premier League with a 1-0 win at Wolves last time out.

The club has since been taken over and former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has returned to Fratton Park as Director of Football having previously been Technical Director between 2006-07.

Tom takes that all into account when assessing the fixture. "They've played well in their last few games and maybe have been a bit unlucky to lose them, but they won their last game and they will be full of confidence," he stated.

"They've just been taken over as well so I'm sure the whole club will be lifted.

"It's never an easy place to go anyway and it's probably not the ideal time to play them but we know regardless of who we play, if we're on form then we can beat anyone."

Tom watched Pompey's early kick-off against Everton on September 26 and was impressed with the former - and current - Spurs players in the Pompey side.

Kevin-Prince Boateng moved to Fratton Park on a full transfer in August - joining ex-Spurs Younes Kaboul and Michael Brown - while Jamie O'Hara is there on loan until January.

"Kevin and Jaime seemed to be at the focal point of everything they did against Everton," said Tom. "Kevin didn't have too many opportunities at Tottenham but you could see in training that he had real quality.

"Jamie was a bit unlucky at the start of the season with how well the team started because day in, day out he's one of the best trainers.

"The manager has said he wants him back in January and that has to be a good sign.

"The main thing for Jamie is that he wants to play football regularly and he's doing that now in the Premier League."