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Guy Targets Cup Upset

7 November 2013

Boss hoping run can start at Stevenage

The FA Cup has provided Pompey with four trips to Wembley in recent years.

West Brom and Cardiff were beaten as the Blues lifted the trophy for the second time in 2008.

There was then a memorable triumph over Tottenham two years later before a narrow defeat to Chelsea in the final.

The chances of Pompey lifting the trophy at the national stadium next May are slim – Sky Bet offer odds of 1,500/1.

But Guy Whittingham is still targeting victory at League One Stevenage this weekend.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve done well in the FA Cup over the last few years. We’re not going to win it this year, but we want to get as far as we can.

“The bread and butter for us is the league and we want to finish as high as we can this season.

“But we also want to reward those who have supported us by getting us through a few rounds and maybe getting a big team down here.

“We’re going to Stevenage with the goal of winning the game, although we know that will be tough.

“When we played them down here in the league last year it was a tough match and we know it will be the same up there.

“They’re a physical side and a fit side – you can’t afford to take your eye off the ball and relax for a minute. We have to keep our concentration because if that slips then it can cost you.”

Whittingham is celebrating a year in charge of Pompey, having replaced Michael Appleton last November.

He said: “The biggest achievement is that we’re still here and that’s because of a lot of work by a lot of people.

“There were times when it looked like it wasn’t going to happen, but people kept the faith.

“Now the club is turning around and moving in the right direction and we want to build a solid infrastructure.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Thery Racon has extended his Pompey contract until January.

Pompey are 23/10 to beat Stevenage with Sky Bet and if you open an account and deposit before the end of November, the club receives £10. Join now.

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