February 12, 3pm
JUST being in existence for this season was seen as enough for probably the most genuinely troubled club in recent memory.
But up until recently there was a sense that if luck was on their side, there was enough quality in the admittedly threadbare Portsmouth ranks to push up the table.
A rise up after a poor start has been reversed recently with no wins in nine, leaving the predicted relegation fight a reality as the business end approaches.
THE fact Liam Lawrence is still at Fratton Park is as big a mystery as to how he ended up there in the first place.
The Retford-born Ireland international gained a repuation as a tireless midfielder while being the main driving force behind Stoke’s promotion to the top flight.
A freak ankle injury saw him fall down the pecking order at the Britannia.
He and Dave Kitson were used as makeways in the deal that took Marc Wilson to Stoke in August, handing Portsmouth a £2m rated midfielder with an eye for goal, excellent vision and great ball delivery.