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30 April 2015

Caretaker boss on York test

Gary Waddock has urged his players to finish the campaign on a high.

York visit the south coast on Saturday for match that appears to have nothing riding on it, with both sides free from any relegation fears or play-off hopes.

Pompey can finish as high as 13th in the League Two table if they win and other results go their way.

And Waddock has promised that they will not be prepared to simply coast into the summer break.

The caretaker Blues boss said: “It’s the last game of the season and we’d like to finish on a high with a good performance and a positive result.

“Our displays have been decent in recent weeks, although we didn’t get any points against Stevenage or Bury.

“Then we played well and picked up an important win at Mansfield, so hopefully we can repeat that this weekend.

“There is professional pride at stake and whether it’s the first game of the season or the last, you have to give a good account of yourself.

“They’ll be playing at home in front of an unbelievable crowd and will have to perform for them as well.

“We’ve had a number of injuries, but that’s given opportunities for younger guys which is fantastic for their development.

“You have to give credit to the players and staff at York for getting themselves out of the position they were in, so it’s going to be tough.”

Pompey have a number of players out of contract this summer, but the decision over their futures will not be rushed.

Waddock said: “There’s going to be a new manager coming in, so when the players come back for pre-season they’ll have to impress whoever that is.

“A lot of people will see their deals expire – here and across the country – and will want to earn another one.

“So whoever comes in here will make the decisions about who he wants to work with.”

Pompey are 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to win on Saturday. Bet at to increase our chances of claiming £250,000 from the Sky Bet Transfer Fund.

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