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Cherries: Mitchell expects victory despite Pompey signing spree
Much-fancied Cherries take their expensively-assembled team to take on troubled Pompey in a League One derby opener this afternoon (3pm).
The south coast neighbours have experienced fluctuating fortunes in recent months – with promotion-hunting Cherries splashing the cash while the beleaguered Blues have endured serious off-field problems.
Cherries supporters remembering the club’s long-running transfer embargo have questioned the decision to allow Portsmouth, who are still in administration and without an owner, to sign new players.
Administrator Trevor Birch gave Pompey boss Michael Appleton the green light and he handed temporary deals to a host of players as he built a squad from scratch on Thursday.
But Mitchell, in charge during some of Cherries’ transfer embargo, insisted he had no issue with Portsmouth being permitted to recruit. And he insists Cherries should still be able to make their preparations count.
Mitchell told the Daily Echo: “I don’t make the rules and I don’t approve the rules so what happens, happens.
“I’m not going to get on my high horse about it. I just want us to go there and win.
“But other than that, for the sake of their supporters, I hope they keep their club going and playing at a level where their fans come out in numbers.
“We have got to make sure we go there and be the superior team. We have had a long close season to get ready, we have brought in new players and they have had time to settle. I know we have got a few injuries, but the boys have got to step up to the mark and show their superiority.
“Portsmouth have signed players and whether they have been together in the close season, I don’t know.
“But will they be as well prepared as us? I would like to think not.
“We have quality players at the club. I think we have got to go and start proving it week after week now. I shall be very disappointed if we don’t start today.”
Mitchell added: “I want Portsmouth to stay afloat and keep playing in our division. I don’t wish them all the best for today but after that I hope they do well. It is good to see that they are able to get some players together.”