Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smith Seeks Derby Victory

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smith Seeks Derby Victory

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Jim Smith believes Portsmouth can use tonight's south-coast Carling Cup derby against Southampton to kick-start their Premiership season.

After an impressive opening to their first campaign back in the top flight since 1988, Harry Redknapp's side have lost seven of their last nine league games and now find themselves only two points off the drop zone.

Assistant boss Smith, though, feels a win at St Mary's will be just the tonic Pompey need to start an upturn in fortunes.

"We are not playing as well as we were at the start of the season, but it only takes one thing to turn things around," he said.

"This is a good time to for us to get back to winning ways for the fans."

Some 4,000 Pompey fans are expected to make the 25-mile trip along the south coast and Hampshire police have drafted in 280 extra officers to help prevent any problems between the two sets of rival supporters.

Pubs near the ground will close early and the tone of the evening is likely to be set by the respect Portsmouth supporters show during a pre-match minute's silence for Southampton president Ted Bates, who died last week. …

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