Sunday 23 July 2017

Grant hails team spirit

PORTSMOUTH 3
HULL CITY 2

Mike McGrath

Portsmouth boss Avram Grant hailed his players as ambassadors for the Premier League after their stunning comeback against Hull in the same week they were virtually condemned to relegation.





Grant's men were trailing with three minutes remaining at Fratton Park, only for Jamie O'Hara to curl home a free-kick and Kanu to roll back the years and slot home a dramatic winner.

It denied victory to Iain Dowie in his first match in charge of Hull but also proved Pompey were taking the rest of their league campaign seriously, despite a nine-point deduction for going into administration. "The Premier League can be proud that this game is an ambassador for them, not the people in the office making the decisions against football," Grant said.

Despite the result, Dowie is relishing the prospect of management, rather than media duties. "I went home on Thursday and my wife said I felt alive," he said.

"It's a fantastic role. When the third goal went in it feels like a big void opening in front of you but you have to ignore that."

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