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Portsmouth's Diop keen to face Fulham

Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is looking forward to facing former club Fulham on Sunday.

Diop told Pompey's website: "We go to Fulham confident after the win against Reading last week.

"And I'm happy to go back to Fulham because I made a lot of friends while I was there. Changing your club is just a part of football and today I'm very much a Portsmouth player."

The 6ft 5in ball-winner whom Fulham fans nicknamed 'The Wardrobe' during his three seasons at the Cottage, said: "I came here for a new challenge and I'm very pleased with the start I've made.

"I'm enjoying myself doing the job I'm paid to do - with a lot of very good players around me."

Diop, who made his Pompey debut in a goalless draw with Liverpool, has had a four-match unbeaten run with Pompey - three of them wins, including his appearance as a substitute in the 1-0 Carling Cup success at Burnley and a dynamic performance in the 7-4 romp against Reading.

But he warned: "It will be a very different game at Fulham than the one against Reading. I don't think we will go forward as much and it will be a big test for us because Fulham had a hard game at Chelsea last week and took a good point.

"Maybe a draw would be a good result for us but I think it will be a good game."

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