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League One

Whittingham aims for maximum haul

2 April 2013

Portsmouth caretaker-boss Guy Whittingham is targeting maximum points from their remaining four npower League One games after his side secured a 1-0 home win over promotion-chasing Tranmere.

Pompey striker David Connolly tapped in Yassin Moutaouakil's cross after 53 minutes to extend his side's unbeaten run to four games. Victories in their remaining matches against Stevenage, Brentford, Sheffield United and Shrewsbury could take the club out of the bottom four.

The cash-strapped south-coast club are still facing a 10-point deduction when they exit administration, which dooms them to life in League Two for next season. But Whittingham, keen for his side to end on a high, said: "There are four games to go and hopefully four wins. That's what we've got to do - go out and win every game."

He added: "This one didn't go badly. There are a couple of teams with games in hand over us, but we've got the points and hopefully we can keep putting a bit of pressure on."

Whittingham's men have now won three games in a row at Fratton Park and the manager hopes his side can continue to make their home a fortress.

He added: "We've got two games left here and we've got to make sure we carry this on. The key is making sure we don't concede many goals - that gives you the platform to go on.

"The spirit has been built and the players here at this moment in time know what our fans want. They're giving their all week in, and week out and the fans, as always, appreciate it."

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore hopes his side's disappointment at Portsmouth can give them the kick they need to secure a League One play-off place. He said: "We're gutted that we're seventh in the league, but if someone had said we'd be there earlier in the season, we'd have snatched their hands off.

"We've got to make sure we at least get to the play-offs. It's going to be tight; it's going to be tough with four games to go. We need at least two wins out of them and we need to perform better than we did here.

"We're running out of games. We're out of the play-off spots, which is disappointing, but maybe that's the kick up the backside that'll drive us on. At this present time, I can't see where a goal is coming from. Earlier in the season we were getting the breaks, everything was going for us and it was brilliant. Now it's not and it's a difficult time. But let's pick ourselves up and get on with it."


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