Tonight’s game is ‘not in any doubt’

Chaplin sends Pompey Reserves into Premier League Cup

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Pompey’s Fratton Park clash against Ipswich will go ahead tonight.

That is the confident verdict of David Lampitt, despite yesterday applying for administration.

However, the Blues’ chief executive has been forced to lodge a validation order to free up cash to enable the club to fulfil the weekend’s fixture at Barnsley.

Unable to access its bank account, the club has been fighting to fend off bills from gas and electricity among other crucial suppliers in recent weeks. In addition, players and staff have not received January’s wages, among them stewards.

Mr Lampitt believes tonight’s Ipswich visit will be unaffected after consulting those owed money.

Meanwhile, a validation order was yesterday lodged at the same time as the application to enter administration.

Money from the club’s bank account is required to fund the players’ journey to Barnsley on Saturday as well as meet day-to-day costs.

And the club hopes for an answer on that issue within the next 24 hours.

Mr Lampitt said: ‘I don’t think we have got anything which will put tonight’s game at risk.

‘The reality is there are an awful lot of people at the club and suppliers working through some extremely difficult circumstances.

‘Since the start of November we have been starved of key funding.

‘There have been numerous challenges in making sure things have carried on to this point.

‘With bills such as electricity and gas, there have been a lot of them we have been in talks with. We have now also made an application for a validation order.

‘That is for a relatively small and specific amount of money to cover the period between now and the granting of the administration order. This would enable us to pay some absolutely critical bills, including transportation of the players to Barnsley. We are hopeful that will be granted as soon as possible.’