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16 April 2017

Midfielder only focused on Notts County clash

Pompey fans could be forgiven for not being completely absorbed by events at Meadow Lane on Easter Monday.

More than 4,000 of them will navigate the bank holiday traffic to watch their side take on Notts County.

But they might avert their gaze from the pitch at times and check their phones for updates from Field Mill.

That is because the Blues will secure promotion if they triumph and Luton fail to win at play-off chasing Mansfield.

Danny Rose would certainly understand it if the players do not receive undivided attention, although he will only be focused on one thing.

The midfielder said: “We’ve just got to care of business on the pitch because we can’t control what happens elsewhere.

“It’s fantastic that we’re taking as many fans as we are and I’m sure they’ll make a difference – hopefully it will be a special occasion for them.

“If it happens on Monday then that’s great, but if not then we’ll carry on and look to do it against Cambridge.

“We know that it’s not far away, so it can be difficult to keep your concentration, although I thought you could see how calm we were on Friday.

“It was six wins from seven before the Plymouth draw and that’s definitely promotion form. It was just what we needed at a crucial stage of the season.

“There’s been a lot of pressure on the players to deliver this season, so we’ll be very proud if we cross the line.”

Rose does not expect Pompey’s opponents to have one eye on their summer holidays, despite having little to play for.

He said: “Notts County have escaped from danger and taken a little bit of the pressure off their shoulders.

“But their form is decent of late and we know that it’s going to be an extremely tough game for us.”

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