Brendan Rodgers has not given up hope of guiding Swansea to automatic promotion despite watching them drop two more points at Portsmouth.

The Swans were held to a goalless draw at Fratton Park and are six points behind second-placed Norwich with three npower Championship games remaining.

But Rodgers said: "It's possible. You can only win your games and we go into Monday in a really good frame of mind. We'd have liked to have won, but it was important we stopped a wee bit of a rot which had set in."

He added: "Now we go into Monday with big motivation to get three points and we'll just see what happens. We'll win our games and hope the others slip up. You can't rule it out.

"You never know. Teams have gone on winning runs. You know the impossible in football can become possible."

Pompey, who have nothing left to play for but pride, arguably shaded a very ordinary encounter, Aaron Mokoena and Hermann Hreidarsson sending what clear chances there were off target.

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill said: "It's a little bit of deja-vu I felt. I thought we had gone full circle right back to the beginning of the season.

"I don't know whether the words 'pathetically thin' or 'sorrowful' describe our squad. I don't know which one it is.

"We just can't afford any injuries. You saw how light we were and that's how it has been all season. Although I might get 11 on the pitch, I have to ask where they are physically, and where are they mentally.

"Are they physically not quite right because they're tired and had a knock last week? Even if they are, I can't afford to leave them out. Are they mentally shattered? Where are they confidence-wise? It has been one of the hardest jobs ever, I'll tell you this. For us to be where we are is almost a blooming miracle really."

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