Barnsley vs Portsmouth

Fratton Park, February 19, 3pm

JUST being in existence for this season was seen as enough for probably the most genuinely troubled club in recent memory.

And there may finally a light at the end of the tunnel for Portsmouth, with a Russian consortium reportedly interested.

For now, despite having a lot of quality in their ranks, Pompey have a thread-bare squad which has significantly hampered them this season.

No wins in nine recently has left the predicted relegation fight a reality.


WINNING 14 out of 18 matches and guiding a side to promotion in the process is always going to attract attention.

So there was no surprise when Steve Cotterill was plucked from League Two champions Notts County and tasked with a stabilising effort at Fratton Park.

Right now, if the 46-year-old can mimic his few years of stability with Burnley at Portsmouth, he will have done a good job.

The former Wimbledon and Brighton striker went into the wilderness after his dismissal in 2007 and will be keen to avoid a return there any time soon.