South coast latest: Bournemouth sign Boruc on loan; Brighton boss backs Stockdale

Artur Boruc

We bring you the latest from Southampton, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Portsmouth.

Saints keeper Boruc loaned to Bournemouth

The Cherries have today completed the loan singing of Southampton and Poland goalkeeper Artur Boruc until January.

The 34-year-old former Celtic keeper is set to join up with the Championship side immediately and could be in contention to make his Bournemouth debut at Watford tomorrow.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe has labelled the deal a major coup, telling the Daily Echo: “We have good competition for places in every other position and I wanted to increase it in the goalkeeping department. I am a firm believer that you always get the best out of people when they are pushing one another.

“Southampton had an outstanding season and he was part of a very good side. He had a key role in their success and I think we are very fortunate to be able to get him. For a Championship club to sign a goalkeeper who performed very well in the Premier League last season is a major coup for us.

“We have a team of excellent goalkeepers and I am looking forward to seeing them work together and bring out the best in one another.”

The Pole kept 14 clean sheet in 29 games for the Saints last season, but was deemed surplus to requirement after new manager Ronald Koeman opts to sign England international Fraser Forster from Celtic.

Sami Hyypia gives backing to Brighton goalkeeper

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Sami Hyypia has backed his number one goalkeeper David Stockdale after a disappointing season so far.

The former Fulham keeper took most of the flack for Ipswich Town's second goal in the 2-0 defeat at Portman Road on Tuesday.

But Hyypia says that he refuses to lay the blame on anyone, telling the Argus: "I don't like to point a finger at anyone. It was a good shot and when it goes in everyone looks at the keeper first."

Stockdale will almost certainly be between the sticks on his birthday tomorrow in Brighton's Championship clash against Blackpool.

Pompey boss happy to get fighting spirit back

After losing three games on the spin, Pompey ended their slump this week by beating Daggenham 3-0 at Fratton Park on Tuesday.

Manager Andy Awford demanded a response from his players ahead of the win and was pleased to see guts return to his side's performance.

He told the Portsmouth News: "For 60 minutes against Southend I was fine, the bit I didn’t like was when we went behind there was no reaction. That really, really irritated me.

"When things go against you – on the football pitch or off the football pitch – you don’t just roll over and let it happen. You get up and you fight and, if I am being blunt and honest, we didn’t.

"The other night when things didn’t quite go our way and Dagenham had a bit of possession, I didn’t see too many people roll over.

"I saw a bit of fight, I saw some sleeves rolled up, I saw some guts and I saw some people wanting to win a football match. That was the difference for me."

Pompey continue their push for promotion at home to third-place Wycome Wanderers tomorrow.

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