Grant sympathises with fan fury

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Portsmouth manager Avram Grant admits he sympathises with the fans' frustrations as hundreds of supporters voiced their fury at the club's financial situation after their side's 1-1 draw with Coventry.

The Premier League's bottom club must replay their FA Cup third-round clash with the Sky Blues after David Bell gave the visitors a shock lead with a long-range effort after 30 minutes, only for Kevin-Prince Boateng to head Pompey an equaliser in first-half stoppage time.

"I'm very impressed with the supporters. They were behind us for the whole game and it's not an easy time for us generally or in this game. I respect them," said Grant.

Grant's side were unable to break down their Championship opponents in front of a woeful 11,214 crowd at Fratton Park and following the game a large group of home fans besieged the directors' entrance in Frogmore Road, chanting 'sack the board', `where's the money gone?' and 'where's the owner of our club?'.

With Pompey facing a winding-up petition from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in the High Court, a transfer embargo and a struggle to pay their players for the third time this season, Grant can understand the fans' frustration.

"I understand (why they are frustrated) but you must understand that no-one at the club is happy with the situation," he added.

"My job and the players' job is to do things on the pitch.

"The situation is not easy but we can do our best for the team on the pitch and that's what I will do."

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