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Grant hoping replay will give Pompey mental boost

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has warned his Premier League relegation battlers they cannot afford to lose focus for one moment in tonight's FA Cup third-round replay at Coventry City.

The beleaguered south-coast club take a break from their relegation dogfight against the Championship side, who earlier this month earned a 1-1 draw. With so much happening behind the scenes at Fratton Park, football issues have been sidelined.

Grant, though, will ensure his team remain focused on the job at hand -- making it into the fourth round and a home tie against Sunderland.

"This is the FA Cup and anything can happen in a one-off game -- just look at Leeds winning at Manchester United," Grant said. "But we need to concentrate on our game and make sure we perform to the best of our ability on the night.

"I am confident that we have the quality in the team to get the result and move into the next round."

The Portsmouth boss added: "Although we all know that Premier League survival is the priority, everyone at the club wants to win this match. We always want to win every game we play -- it is a good habit to get into."

Coventry, managed by former Fulham boss Chris Coleman, were in action at the weekend -- their Championship clash with Barnsley beat the big freeze while Pompey's trip to Craven Cottage was postponed.

The Midlands club -- FA Cup winners in 1987 -- have moved up to the fringes of the play-offs, and Grant is aware of the potential upset. He said: "I was very impressed with Coventry. They caused us problems (last time).

"They are on a good run of form and will fancy their chances in front of their own fans."

England goalkeeper David James, an FA Cup winner with Pompey two seasons ago, could return to the side after five matches out with a calf injury, and captain Aaron Mokoena is available again after a one-match suspension.

But Jamie O'Hara is unavailable under the terms of his loan deal from Tottenham Hotspur.

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