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Morris expects Pompey to see job through in bid for Wembley

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Former Derry City ace Ronan Curtis fired Pompey ahead before Marcus Browne equalised for Oxford.  (stock photo)

Former Derry City ace Ronan Curtis fired Pompey ahead before Marcus Browne equalised for Oxford. (stock photo)

Former Derry City ace Ronan Curtis fired Pompey ahead before Marcus Browne equalised for Oxford. (stock photo)

Portsmouth's Bryn Morris believes his side's strong first-leg finish against Oxford United gives them the edge in their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final.

The two sides bid to book their place in the Wembley final on June 13 at Oxford's Kassam Stadium today with the tie hanging in the balance after a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park on Friday, when Northern Ireland international Mark Sykes was a second half substitute for the visitors.

Former Derry City ace Ronan Curtis fired Pompey ahead before Marcus Browne equalised for Oxford.

"I think that our fitness will come through because we ran all over them towards the end, but just didn't have that killer instinct," Pompey midfielder Morris said.

"I was able to get forward a lot more in the second half and that was because we had the momentum."

Meanwhile, Fleetwood boss Joey Barton insists his side still believe they can overturn a three-goal deficit when they travel to Adams Park for the second leg of their play-off semi-final at Wycombe.

Wanderers, who have Northern Ireland international Paul Smyth in their squad, have a 4-1 advantage going into this evening's return.

"We are still alive in this and whilst there's a fight, you've got a chance," said Barton.

Belfast Telegraph