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DOYLE: THE PRESSURE'S OFF

29 January 2016

Skipper prepared for Cherries clash

There are 56 places between Pompey and Bournemouth in the league system.

So there are not too many people expecting the Blues to win their fourth round encounter on Saturday.

But Michael Doyle believes that statistic means they can play without the weight of expectation on their shoulders.

And he believes a sell-out Fratton Park crowd can help roar the hosts to a shock victory.

Pompey’s skipper said: “You’re going to be right up against it if you’re a League Two side taking on Premier League players.

“We’ll be big underdogs at Fratton Park on Saturday, but it’s a test we’re going to embrace.

“Our focus has always been trying to get the club out of this division, so this game is a nice bonus for us and we can play with the pressure off.

“The fact we’re at home with a large and vocal crowd behind us should give us a better chance of causing an upset.

“Everybody’s desperate to be involved – especially after the disappointment of losing to Oxford in the league last week.

“And even though you want to appear in every game, Bournemouth at home for a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup is extra special.”

Doyle has been playing through the pain in recent weeks, but has now recovered from a knee injury suffered at Northampton before Christmas.

He said: “I’m feeling good. We’ve got three games coming up in the next week and hopefully I can be involved in all of them.

“We’re all focused on a busy run of fixtures until the end of the season, so it’s great to be feeling fit and raring to go.”

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