Grant vows to fight on at Portsmouth
Wednesday 10 February 2010
Portsmouth boss Avram Grant insists he will do everything to keep the club alive on the pitch after they were given a stay of execution in the High Court.
Pompey are rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League but secured a last-gasp draw with Sunderland on Tuesday evening while their future was still uncertain due to their dispute with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
They have been granted seven days to produce a statement of affairs to HMRC to detail their exact financial position before the matter is heard before a judge.
Grant has contended with a transfer embargo this season but said: "I stayed because I love this club and sometimes you don't just think about yourself. When I see the players, the fans and the city, I have to be in the effort to keep this club alive. What I can do, I do it on the pitch.
"We have to respect what the players are doing on the pitch - continuing. We never gave up and we won't start now."
Centre-back Marc Wilson praised Pompey's fighting spirit after Aruna Dindane's stoppage-time equaliser.
"The lads showed great resilience and deserve credit for that. We're not going to give in just like that," he said.
"The lads are all together and we need to be all together. It's a hard time for the club on and off the pitch so we need to stick together.
"All the lads are very close, there's a good bunch of guys at the club and you can see how everyone works for each other on the pitch.
"Obviously where we are at the minute we need to pick up points and we're just trying to get everyone working together.
"There are some good players at the club and the feeling is we shouldn't be bottom of the league.
"We set out to win the game and I thought we still could have won with 10 men. But it wasn't to be."
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