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Grant uncertain what future will bring

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Portsmouth manager Avram Grant failed to pledge his future to the club after administration but was buoyed after masterminding a resilient 2-1 victory at Burnley.

The win, only their second away from home in the league in the last 16 months, means at the moment rock-bottom Pompey are five points adrift of safety. In reality, however, they are 14 behind as the Premier League board have yet to meet to confirm the nine-point deduction that comes with administration.

"I cannot promise anything, other than as long as I am here then I will fight for the city and the club because it's the right thing to do," insisted Grant.

"I'm not thinking about myself right now. If I think I need to walk away, then I will do it. But if I was going to walk away I would have done it in January when everything that should have happened didn't and then things became even worse.

"So I will try to help this club and city as much as I can because when you're in football you need to think about making other people happy.

"I'm talking about the fans who are so wonderful, the city which is behind us, and the players and staff."

The result at least raised a smile for Grant, with Hassan Yebda scoring the 75th-minute winner from the spot after Martin Paterson had cancelled out Frederic Piquionne's opener in the first half.

Burnley remain directly above Portsmouth, and after a run of one win in their last 16 league matches, relegation is fast becoming a possibility.

"I felt we deserved something out of it, but inexplicably you can't give away opportunities and goals like we did," said manager Brian Laws.

"We needed to make it difficult for them, so to hand it over on a plate is a bit difficult to swallow to say the least."

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