Prutton's Pompey hope
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Southampton's David Prutton is hoping to drag Portsmouth into a relegation battle.Southampton midfielder David Prutton is hoping to drag South Coast rivals Portsmouth into a Premiership relegation battle.
Prutton was on target over the weekend in the 2-0 victory over Liverpool, which provided Saints boss Harry Redknapp with his first win at the helm.
The three points also boosted Saints' prospects of survival after a difficult season at St Mary's.
Former England Under-21 international Prutton is now anxious for his team to build on the momentum gained by that success, starting with this weekend's FA Cup fourth round tie with Portsmouth.
The 23-year-old is hopeful a win for Saints will have a knock-on effect on Portsmouth's league form and suck Redknapp's old side into the fight to avoid the drop.
"I would really love it if they got dragged into the relegation battle and I would love it even more if they stayed in it," said Prutton.
"They have had a few dodgy results and if they lose to us on Saturday they could get into the habit and get sucked into it.
"The more teams down there struggling the better it is for us."
Prutton also reserved praise for his manager Redknapp for making the controversial switch from Fratton Park to St Mary's.
He continued: "It was a bit surreal when I heard Harry was coming here.
"It showed guts because it is a very intense situation and, to be honest, is bordering on hatred between the two clubs."