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Kaboul targets three wins

Defender ready for important Bolton clash

Kaboul: Fears he could be dropped

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Younes Kaboul believes Portsmouth's game against Bolton on Saturday is bigger than the Uefa Cup tie with AC Milan earlier this season.

The defender scored an excellent goal against West Brom last weekend but Pompey were held to a 2-2 draw to leave them embroiled in the relegation battle.

They are currently four points above the drop zone but Kaboul feels it will take three more victories to guarantee survival.

The 23-year-old, who could lose his place in Paul Hart's side with Glen Johnson and Sean Davies available again, believes it is vital to take something from the clash with Bolton.

Kaboul insists the Premier League has always been Pompey's priority, even when they were involved in European competition.

He said: "It was great to score last week even though the result was a bit of a disappointment for us. And it was great to score against Milan but the next game we face is more important than that.

"It is fantastic when you face big teams like Milan but really Europe was just a bonus for us and it is behind us now.

"I think we still need three more wins to be sure of staying up but the Premier League is always the priority. I'm confident we will do it."

Competition for places

Kaboul is more concerned with the welfare of the team than personal glory and is happy to welcome back Davis and Johnson, although he does hope to play a major role over the coming weeks.

He explained: "No, I don't think I've done enough (to keep my place).

"Johnson and Davis are important for us and it is great for the team to have them back. The manager hasn't said anything yet but you need competition in a team for places and that's okay with me.

"I know I must just keep doing my job and keep improving but I'm happy to be meeting new challenges here every day.

"Really, my best position is centre-half but of course I would prefer to play right-back if it gets me in the team."