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Grant pays emotional tribute

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Avram Grant paid an emotional on-pitch tribute to Portsmouth's fans after Saturday's final Barclays Premier League game at Fratton Park ended with a 3-1 victory over Wolves.

Despite Pompey plunging into administration with debts of around £120million and suffering relegation to the Coca-Cola Championship following a nine-point deduction, the Israeli has led his threadbare and injury-affected squad into the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Grant - who admits he has offers elsewhere - led the Portsmouth players and staff back out onto the pitch after the final whistle to show their appreciation to the fans and declared: "If anyone in the world wants a lesson about passion and commitment, then Fratton Park is the place."

He added: "They can take points from us, put an embargo on us, but they cannot destroy our spirit - never!

"On May 15, each one of us, players, staff and fans can be very proud to come to Wembley with a sign 'we did it, we did it'."

Aruna Dindane - whose French parent club Lens have agreed to let him play in the FA Cup final without triggering an appearance-related clause - fired the home side ahead on 20 minutes, before Kevin Doyle bundled home an equaliser.

However, Pompey went into half-time ahead following John Utaka's 20-yard effort and a well-crafted third from Michael Brown after 67 minutes sealed victory.

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Portsmouth
Football
Michael Brown
Championship
Chelsea
Premier League
Kevin Doyle
Aruna Dindane
Wolverhampton Wanderers
FA Cup
John Utaka

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