Portsmouth assistant boss Joe Jordan is full of praise for Benji Mwaruwari as they prepare to travel to the Zimbabwe striker's Manchester City.

Jordan said: "I think Benji delivered here, no question of that. He played a key part in us staying up, but I think he also played a key part in the progress we have shown in recent times. Benji was a big favourite here and rightly so.

"Not just on the terraces but in the dressing room, he was one of the most popular players. He left here to go to Manchester City with a goal tally which was impressive. He was one of the favourites of the fans and you can understand why.

"Not only did he score the goals but he worked and people appreciate players that work for the team and show commitment - and he showed that in every single game. Whether the goals were going in or not, I don't think anyone was holding it against Benji. The goals he did score we're thoroughly deserved, he worked for them and got on a run.

"It's not easy sometimes coming from a different team, certainly from a different country. It takes a bit of time to settle in and that's happened to a lot of great players. Benji came here and took a bit of time to settle in but from day one he was a bit of an idol and eventually got his goals."