Grant hails players' spirit
Portsmouth boss Avram Grant believes the 'spirit of football' can keep the club going.
Last Updated: 27/02/10 10:26pm
Portsmouth boss Avram Grant believes the "spirit of football" can keep the club going after his side ended a troubled week with a win at Burnley.
Pompey, who confirmed their entrance into administration on Friday, scraped a 2-1 win at Turf Moor on Saturday as the team put the club's financial woes to one side.
Frederic Piquionne's opener and Hassan Yebda's penalty helped Pompey to the morale-boosting win, with Martin Paterson grabbing Burnley's goal.
Pompey now lie five points off safety, but the Premier League are expected to deduct nine points from their total such is the rule regarding administration.
And Grant has vowed to fight on regardless of how long he remains at the wheel of the club.
"Despite everything, we were fighting because we believe in the spirit of football and we need to be an ambassador of this," he said.
The former Chelsea boss was critical of the Premier League's transfer embargo placed on Pompey throughout the January transfer window, which made Grant's job even more difficult.
Despite the club's financial mess, Grant believes the authorities should reassess their decision as he feels him and his players are being punished for what was out of their control.
"Someone, somewhere, should come and say 'we need to give people who didn't do anything wrong an equal chance' because Portsmouth weren't allowed to bring in players," said a frustrated Grant.
"I still believe, I don't want to speak negatively, I only want to speak positively, someone will come and say 'we are punishing the wrong people - they didn't do anything wrong'."
With Portsmouth struggling to pay their staff, Grant cannot promise his future with the club but insists he will do all he can to help steer them in the right direction as long as he is in charge.
"I cannot promise anything, other than as long as I am here then I will fight for the city and the club because it's the right thing to do," insisted Grant.
"But I'm not thinking about myself right now. If I think I need to walk away, then I will do it.
"But if I was going to walk away I would have done it in January when everything that should have happened didn't and then things became even worse.
"So I will try to help this club and city as much as I can because when you're in football you need to think about making other people happy.
"I'm talking about the fans who are so wonderful, the city which is behind us, and the players and staff."
Meanwhile, Burnley boss Brian Laws was critical of his captain Clark Carlisle, who gave away two penalties in the second half, the first of which was saved by Brian Jensen from Jamie O'Hara's effort.
Laws, whose side sit just one place above basement-club Portsmouth, could not defend Carlisle's errors and has called for his captain to accept responsibility for costing Burnley valuable points.
Laws told Sky Sports News: "We gave Portsmouth the three points - they've not gained it by great excellence, it was more through our decision making. There's no hiding place out there.
"The captain has to take responsibility and hold his hand up and accept the blame for that."