Pompey spirit delights Grant

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant was delighted with the spirit his players demonstrated as they overcame a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Bolton Wanderers.

Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies goals put the hosts in command, but his team responded well in the second period, with Aruna Dindane bagging a brace to gain a point and Grant was pleased with their efforts.

He believes the side should be granted with a European qualification berth next season, despite the financial irregularities that have blighted them recently as they prepare to tackle Chelsea in this season's FA Cup final next month.

But with their problems well documented, Premier League officials have opted to hand the final Europa League berth to the team that finishes seventh in the league, ruling Pompey out of a continental quest, much to Grant's bemusement.

Speaking to reporters, Grant said:"In a situation like us it's very easy to give up and put up the white flag but we are not doing this.

"We are doing our job on the pitch – I'm sure the decision off the pitch affects these guys because these guys are doing an unbelievable job.

"I think they deserve, from the Premier League, a reward not a punishment that they are not in Europe.

"I think that we can learn a lot from this season as long as it will not happen again – the things that happened off the pitch.

"I think we showed what we've tried to show most of the season – good character and never give up."

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