Administrator praises Pompey fans’ resolve

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ADMINISTRATOR Trevor Birch said the unity shown by Pompey fans on Saturday brought a lump to his throat.

Hundreds of passionate Blues supporters stayed behind after the defeat against Middlesbrough with a clear message – ‘We will never die’.

SUPPORT Michael Appleton applauds fans after the game

SUPPORT Michael Appleton applauds fans after the game

Fratton Park was rocking long after the final whistle as proud supporters chanted, jumped and clapped for almost an hour after the game.

A spine-tingling atmosphere was formed as fans roared ‘We will never die’, ‘Appleton’s blue and white army’, and ‘Play up Pompey’

Some fans even made their way onto the pitch for a small sitdown protest in the centre circle.

A total of 16,770 supporters packed into the ground to show unity in the face of the Pompey’s grim plight just days after the club’s administrator Mr Birch admitted it may not reach the end of the season.

Mr Birch said following Saturday’s game: ‘I am again knocked out and overwhelmed by the level or support that the fans give.

‘After we went a goal down, the response from the fans brings a lump to the throat.

‘It just strengthens the resolve that there’s no way this club will fold.’

Pompey fan Phil Arnold, 54, travelled from Taunton in Somerset with his son Josh, 15, to watch the game.

Phil said: ‘We go to every home game. I’m pretty upset about the thought of what might happen.

‘The main thing is we stay in business.

‘If the worst happens and we get relegated it’s a minor thing as most of us would rather see the club survive.’

Josh added: ‘Let’s get behind the team and hopefully we will see it out until the end of the season.’