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Praise for Connolly

LEAGUE ONE side Portsmouth believe that former Ireland man David Connolly can make an impact at the club after the 35-year-old returned to action following a 10-month absence.

Connolly (pictured) had been without a club since he was released by Southampton at the end of last season but the veteran agreed a short-term deal with Portsmouth this month, and he made his full debut in their weekend defeat by Walsall, Pompey now 14 games without a win.

But the ex-Sunderland player has already impressed manager Guy Whittingham who hopes to see more from Connolly, who last played for the Saints in March of last year.

"David Connolly had his first game in six months and worked his heart out. It was the same with Paul Benson. If they keep working like that they will get a break," said the Pompey boss.

"They are both great characters, the type this football club needs at this moment in time.

"You hope somewhere along the line the attitude David showed out there will rub off on other players."