Cranie determined to repay Portsmouth boss Adams

Martin Cranie is determined to repay the faith shown in him by Portsmouth boss Tony Adams.

Martin Cranie is determined to repay the faith shown in him by Portsmouth boss Tony Adams.

Right-back Cranie, who deputised for the injured Glen Johnson in last weekend's 0-0 draw at home to Bristol City in the FA Cup third round, said: "The gaffer has done well.

"He has got a lot on his shoulders but I think he has handled it well.

"I grew up as a centre-half and always wanted to be like Tony Adams. My older brother supported Arsenal so I followed him and went to watch them a few times.

"I did not expect to play last weekend but the gaffer called me in to his office and said I was going to start. It was a good experience.

"Hopefully I can keep my place against City because it is a big game for us. With the quality of players we have here we will climb the table no problem.

"City have got a lot of money but that does not get you everything. We have had a few bad results so we want to win on Saturday and push on from there."

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