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Neill: anything is a bonus

Filed: Friday, 26th October 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Hammers skipper Lucas Neill has warned his team mates that they will have to be at their very best if they are to take anything away from Fratton Park tomorrow.

The 28-year-old Aussie, speaking on whufc.com today, told his team mates to expect 'a very hard game against a high-flying Portsmouth side' in his pre-match notes.

Portsmouth have got off to a flyer this season and currently lie in fifth place - five points ahead of the Hammers in tenth (although Alan Curbishley's side have a game in hand).

And Neill urged his players to continue where they left off against Sunderland last week, having scored two late goals to turn the tide in their favour.

"It's amazing what a win can do for morale," he said. "The atmosphere in the changing room and at the training ground is much more upbeat now.

"Probably on performance it's not the best we've played in the last four games but there is a fine line between winning and losing in the Premier League - and a win is a win.

"Fratton Park is a place no one likes to go to because the home crowd makes it a tough atmosphere. They are a strong and well organised team and have the added benefit of being able to field a consistent side week in, week out.

They are a team similar to us with the same mentality and ambitions for this season and that is why it is important to take any points we can off them.

"They are on a very good run at the moment - so it will take a near-best performance from us to break that."

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