Date:Saturday April 8 2006
POMPEY HELD BY BELLS END
Blackburn visited the park looking to stop Pompey achieving four wins on the bounce, Pompey’s only change was Stefanovic replacing the hamstrung O’Brien.
Pompey started as they left off against Fulham, tearing into Blackburn from the off, a goal looked likely at any moment, unfortunately for the blues it came at the other end, totally against the run of play, Bellamy cashed in on a mix-up in midfield and raced half the length of the pitch, away from Primus and smashed a left footed effort past Kiely into the Fratton end net.
Pompey looked to be slipping to old habits of having all the possession without scoring, D’Alessandro shooting weakly twice, from good positions, and Benjani missing the sort of chance he must have been dreaming of, smashing the ball straight at Brad Friedel from ten yards.
Lua Lua showed his African compatriot how to do it shortly before half-time skipping across the edge of the area before unleashing into the bottom corner. To be on level terms at half-time was the least that Pompey deserved having outplayed Rovers for most of the half.
Into the second half and Lua Lua almost repeated the trick, nipping in before Friedel and clipping his shot barely an inch past the post. Pompey were on top again until Dickov decided he wasn’t allowed to be tackled anymore and started a running feud with Mendes, which ended in a double booking, Mendes somewhat un-justly. This seemed to un-settle Pompey and galvanise Blackburn, the neckless Welsh wonder that is Bellamy netting again on the hour.
Pompey’s fine run looked in serious danger, they drove forward again and Taylor’s drive almost replied immediately.
Pompey replaced Benjani who to be fair had another decent game without netting, with Todorov and Davis with Routledge and shortly after Stefanovic missed another great chance, heading over un-marked from six yards.
Twelve minutes from the end and Todorov showed his team mates how to do it, heading easily home from Taylor’s fantastic left-wing cross to again put Pompey on parity.
Spurred on by a vociferous Pompey crowd, the blues looked for a winner Stefanovic twice being denied by Friedel, and then at the other end almost costing us the game, slipping and letting in Bellamy again, thankfully Pedersen not being able to connect to his right-wing cross.
So the match concluded with a draw, the first points Pompey have taken from Rovers at Fratton in the Premiership and since Hughes took over, but the Stats show we had 10 shots on target to Blackburn’s 3, and 21 in all, Points dropped? Let’s hope not, roll on Arsenal and another challenge.
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