Sounesscalls for added effort

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Blackburn Rovers head south to Portsmouth seeking their seventh consecutive win today with a warning from their manager, Graeme Souness, ringing in their ears.

Blackburn Rovers head south to Portsmouth seeking their seventh consecutive win today with a warning from their manager, Graeme Souness, ringing in their ears.

The win at Barnsley on Wednesday moved Rovers into fourth spot in the First Division table, but Souness said: "We are not going to sit in armchairs thinking the job is done. It is important we keep this run going. We have to meet the challenge head on and I believe we have the players to do it."

Matt Jansen is set to join Mark Hughes in attack, while David Dunn returns and Brad Friedel could make his debut in goal. Portsmouth will be missing the suspended Justin Edinburgh as they seek to increase their own six-match unbeaten run.

Paul Robinson is set to return after suspension for table-topping Watford at Tranmere Rovers as the Hornets bid to return to winning ways after the midweek defeat by Sheffield Wednesday. Richard Jobson plays, but Micah Hyde and Darren Ward are doubtful.

Wimbledon have the defender Darren Holloway back for the visit of second-placed Fulham, who can pick from Luis Boa Morte, Barry Hayles, Louis Saha and Boa Morte for the two striking spots.

Bolton Wanderers call on Paul Warhurst to replace the transferred Mark Fish for the home game with Barnsley, who have Carl Regan, Robbie van der Laan and Neil Shipperley out and Darren Barnard doubtful. The loan signing Stuart Ripley is certain to start.

Sheffield Wednesday are missing the suspended midfielder Alan Quinn for the visit of Norwich City and Gerald Sibon is doubtful. Efan Ekoku should be back after a bout of flu. The Canaries may recall Jean-Yves de Blassis.

Birmingham City, beaten by Norwich in midweek, start without Marcelo and Danny Sonner for the visit to Grimsby Town, while Huddersfield Town, four points adrift at the bottom of the table, can call on the fit-again Kevin Gallen for the visit of West Bromwich.

The Georgian striker Temuri Ketsbaia misses Wolves' visit from in-form Crystal Palace after undergoing a cartilage operation. Neil Ruddock, who has a groin strain, is the main Palace worry.

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