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Portsmouth boss Grant: I am emotional

Portsmouth boss Avram Grant was thrilled with his players after their FA Cup win at Southampton.

Grant admitted being overwhelmed by emotion when he marched onto the pitch to salute fans after the FA Cup win over rivals Southampton at the end of a week when his club nearly went out of business.

Pompey defeated their neighbours 4-1 at St Mary's, pulling away with goals from Aruna Dindane, Nadir Belhadj and Jamie O'Hara after Rickie Lambert had cancelled out Quincy Owusu-Abeyie's opener.

"I'm very emotional and this is an emotional game," Grant said. "If you win, you make 250,000 other people happy, this is what football is about.

Victory in the fifth-round tie means Pompey have bragging rights on the south coast and go into the quarter-final hat - but the bigger picture is that they have to return to the High Court to fight a winding-up order from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

"I will fight until the last moment," Grant said. "As long as we have a chance on the pitch. What happens in court is out of my hands. If they need to punish someone then it is a person that does something wrong. I don't know who that is but it is not us."

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