Pompey stars miss out on PFA recognition

Liam Lawrence missed out on a nomination
Liam Lawrence missed out on a nomination
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Pompey have failed to get a representative in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

None of Steve Cotterill’s squad made it in the annual XI, which is voted for by players currently playing in the Championship.

There is a place for long-time Blues target Kyle Naughton – who is on loan at Leicester.

But the consistent displays of Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford and David Nugent have all been overlooked by their Championship peers.

Not that they should feel too hard done by, as runaway leaders QPR had only two players nominated.

They are experienced goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and outstanding playmaker Adel Taarabt.

Kenny has been the cornerstone of a Hoops defence which has conceded just 27 league goals this season, while the highly-rated Taarabt has registered 16 goals – one of which came against Pompey in February.

Promotion contenders Swansea and Norwich also have two players in the league line-up.

Wales international defender Ashley Williams and former Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair have been impressive for the Swans.

Meanwhile, Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt have enjoyed fine seasons for the Canaries, who currently sit in third spot, and find themselves nominated.

Elsewhere, in-form Reading are represented by veteran Ian Harte.

The left-back was named in the League One Team of the Year for Carlisle only 12 months ago.

Watford striker Danny Graham is also there, following his 27 goals so far this season.

Others include powerful Nottingham Forest central-defender Wes Morgan and goalscoring Leicester midfielder Andy King.

Interestingly for Pompey fans, Naughton completes the PFA side. Cotterill tried desperately to bring the right-back in on loan from Spurs earlier in the season.

But following a lengthy pursuit, the 22-year-old went to Leicester in October.

Since then he has made 32 appearances, scoring five goals.

Naughton was also in the team of the year with Sheffield United two years ago.