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Portsmouth's Kranjcar delighted with positional switch under Hart

Portsmouth midfielder Niko Kranjcar is delighted with his positional switch.

The Croatia playmaker has operated in the hole behind the lone striker in Paul Hart's two games in charge so far.

And he told The News: "I believe that is my best position - but I have rarely played there for Portsmouth.

"When I came over I knew in England it's a position I wasn't going to play that often, but when I get the chance to I really enjoy it. As long as I'm in the team I'm happy - but I think the manager knows what my best position is.

"When the new management team came in they said "Niko, we believe this is where you are most dangerous" and it has given me a smile.

"I like the freedom and the closeness to goal, the chance to make the assists and to get a goal myself. Every player and every person has a different opinion about football so it's not my position to moan. I need to perform, I need to play where the coach puts me and try to do it every single game. But it's where I believe I play the best.

"I play on the left for Croatia but in the Euros against Germany I played off the striker and that was probably our best game of the tournament. Back home in Croatia for Hajduk Split and Dinamo Zagreb I always played behind the striker. But the most important thing is the team gets the results. Whether I play left, right, middle, it doesn't matter."

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