Portsmouth aim for winning send off

Portsmouth wave a home goodbye to their fans tonight – and manager Steve Cotterill is determined to end the season on a high.

It's been a difficult campaign for Pompey, who have struggled against a background of financial uncertainty, but they have the target of becoming the first team to 'double' City this season, having won 2-0 at Carrow Road in December.

'We're not looking to spoil Norwich's party, we just want to get three points,' said Cotterill. 'We've been back to square one with just three outfield substitutes in the last two games, but our performances have been quite encouraging.

'The mood is far from downbeat and we're looking forward to a nice big game against Norwich. If a few of our injuries could clear up that would be a bigger bonus.

'I think our boys should be commended for what they've done this season. Even when they get beaten they always have a go.


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'We were fortunate enough to get all three points up at Norwich earlier this season. They're quite strong and have got a decent squad. Paul Lambert has done a very, very good job with them.

'Norwich are a Premier League side in waiting – they get gates of 25,000 every week. They've carried on the momentum from promotion last season and done very, very well.

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'I'm expecting Norwich to play in a diamond formation, so it's what we do to counteract that. You can match it up, but that can take something away from you, so in that sense it can be awkward.

'When we won up there in December we changed our formation during the game. The centre-forwards have been their main threat, but Norwich can score goals from all over the pitch.

'They may be nervous if they're winning with five minutes to go, but I don't think the pressure will get to Norwich. If I was in their situation I would let determination overshadow any nerves.'

More than 3,000 City fans are expected to be at Fratton Park.

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