Stone's praise for Fratton faithful

Steve Stone thinks that a contributing factor to Portsmouth's solid start is the atmosphere the home fans give Fratton Park; all the team's home wins this season have, so far, come at home.

The midfielder, talking to the official website, said: "Teams don't fancy it when they come here.

"It's not what they are used to, because we have a very compact stadium which makes noise from the fans very intimidating.

"The fans deserve so much credit for their support - even when we are losing they never criticise."