Sunday 23 September 2018

Lawrence vows to stick with Pompey's sinking ship

LIAM LAWRENCE says he won't walk away from Portsmouth despite the club's financial problems.

Pompey last week lost their Norwegian international, Erik Huseklepp -- who scored the winner for Norway against Ireland in Dublin in 2010 -- on a loan deal to Birmingham City until the end of the season in another chapter of Pompey's ongoing turmoil but Lawrence insists he's staying at Fratton Park.

"I came to this club to try to help it get up the league and get back in the Premier League -- that's why I've stayed," says Lawrence, who failed to make the squad for Ireland's game against the Czech Republic at Lansdowne Road tonight.

"I'm not fed up with the club, I'm fed up with what's happened to the club. I haven't ever felt like leaving and that's the truth.

"I don't want to go anywhere and I don't want the club to fold."

DAMIEN Delaney says that the Euro 2012 finals are far from his mind as the Cork-born player concentrates on his club form with Ipswich Town.

Delaney caught the eye of Giovanni Trapattoni early on, playing in Trap's first games against Serbia and Colombia.

But the ex-Cork City man has struggled at international level since and added just three more caps in the last four years, while his last involvement was as an unused sub for the Euro qualifier away to Russia last year.

"The Euros haven't even entered my head and I'm not thinking about them to be honest," Delaney said. "In my mind I'm just concentrating on doing well for Ipswich and trying to keep my place in the team for the rest of the season.

"The summer is a long way off and after spending a fair bit of the season injured I think I probably need to recover and come back fitter and stronger for next season."

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