Last season just one goal separated Portsmouth from gaining entry to the UEFA Cup and Croatian international midfielder Niko Kranjcar says that his team are keen to avoid that scenario once again.
Kranjcar is banking on Pompey’s home matches to garner the points that will help them a UEFA Cup place. He says:
After Everton we have six home games left – and we have already played the Big Four. Everton is not going to be a decisive game but if we can get a win it will be a massive boost for us.
Every player who signed for Pompey wants to achieve something. We have players who are used to playing in Europe and they want to bring European football to Portsmouth.
In the League you never know what will happen. But if we have a run of wins it will be possible to get into Europe.
With Tottenham Hotspur having won the Carling Cup thereby snatching a UEFA Cup spot for themselves, there is one fewer UEFA Cup spot up for grabs. Can Portsmouth win it? Manchester City and Aston Villa might have some say in that decision.