Players upbeat over survival prospects

Pompey triallist Kieron Djilali
Pompey triallist Kieron Djilali
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Kieran Djilali revealed Pompey’s players are remaining upbeat over the club’s future prospects.

The Blues triallist gave an insight into the feeling in the dressing room as the Blues fight for survival.

Triallist Djilali explained there is an air of caution ahead of the deadline set by administrator Trevor Birch to get the club’s high earners off the wage bill by tomorrow.

But there is an upbeat air the outcome will be positive among the playing and coaching staff at Fratton Park.

The 21-year-old stated he couldn’t comprehend Pompey going to the wall and the impact that would have on supporters.

He is upbeat that isn’t going to be the case, however.

Djilali said: ‘No-one really knows what is going on at the moment. We are all in the same boat.

‘Everyone’s a bit wary and cautious about what is going to happen.

‘But the higher powers at the club seem positive about the way it’s going to pan out and that we will be saved, so fingers crossed.

‘We’re going day by day, working hard as players and hoping for the best.

‘I can already see the fans are unbelievable.

‘For them to lose their club would be crazy.

‘But we are all remaining positive that there will still be a Portsmouth Football Club.’

Djilali is in the same boat as a whole host of triallists at Pompey as they wait to see what the club’s fate is tomorrow.

The former Crystal Palace and AFC Wimbledon man has been happy with the form he has shown to date in his outings.

He feels there is still a lot of progress to be made on his fitness as he attempts to impress boss Michael Appleton.

But he is confident there is the quality among the players putting on the royal blue shirt at present to have a real impact in League One if the club wins its battle to survive.

‘The gaffer has asked me to come down and train and has included me in a couple of games as well,’ he said.

‘I’ve done okay and got a goal against Bolton, which was good.

‘Then I played against my old club last night, which was a bit strange, but it was a good performance.

‘I’m a month behind fitness-wise but I’m doing my best to catch up.

‘There are some really good players in the squad and some young hungry players who want to prove something.

‘If we are given the chance we could do something.’