Grant pleads for Pompey time

Portsmouth boss Avram Grant urged the High Court not to enforce a winding-up order on his club on Wednesday, despite talks with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs having broken down.

Grant was speaking after seeing his side draw 1-1 at home to Sunderland thanks to a last-gasp Aruna Dindane strike.

He said:"I want to say something even for the courts tomorrow – football is not one plus one is two, it is a passionate game.

"It is not a clear business where there are no feelings – there are feelings of fans, players and my own. There are problems but football is more than this.

"This club needs to stay alive. That is more important than football. It is 112 years old.

"It is a traditional English club and in these circumstances I am doing everything to keep this club alive, but I cannot do it alone.

"I don't know about the financial situation but we are trying to fight and keep it."

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