Pompey squad ‘good enough for promotion’

Liam Lawrence is upbeat over Pompey's squad
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Liam Lawrence weighed up Pompey’s rag-bag mix of triallists and insisted: This side’s good enough to get promoted.

The Pompey skipper believes there is enough quality among the players Michael Appleton has assembled to bounce back to the Championship next season.

That’s if the club can survive liquidation, of course.

Lawrence has been impressed with what he has seen from the likes of Brian Howard, Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley, Liam Walker and Josh Thompson in training.

That was seen in action as Pompey defeated a powerful Bolton side 3-0 on Saturday.

Appleton is waiting for the green light to bring in signings – if the club survive beyond Friday.

Lawrence feels there is the nucleus of a squad to have an impact in England’s third tier.

He said: ‘You would fancy us with the side we put out against Bolton.

‘That was their strongest side on Saturday and we passed them off the park at times. You can see some of the lads who have come in on trial are good enough for League One, certainly.

‘You can see Liam Walker’s a player. Josh did well at the back and Jon Harley, too.

‘There’s Mustapha at full-back and then there’s Brian Howard who sits in the middle and has great quality on the ball. If we can add to that there’s a fantastic chance this club will get out of that league next season.’

Lawrence looked like he was back to something approaching his best on Saturday.

He is still waiting to see if he can agree a deal at Pompey – or if his future lies away from Fratton Park

Lawrence had made it clear he is willing to remain if a reduced deal can be ironed out.

And he is confident he will be able to make a big impact if he does stay for this season.

Lawrence said: ‘I felt rusty and sluggish against a lesser side at Aldershot the other night. But I felt at it and sharp against Bolton. It felt as if my quality was coming back again.

‘If I can get a good run of games under my belt, I know I’ll be fine – especially at League One level.’