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United 0-1 Pompey

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Old Trafford

Sat 08-03-08, 12.45pm

Attendance: 75463


A solitary win and we were at Wembley for the FA cup semi finalů the only problem was the fact that United, and United at Old Trafford stood in our way! Few expected anything, but I have always have faith - and this paid off after a 1-0 win.

Only one change was made from the defeat to Everton last weekend, the cup tied Jermain Defoe dropped out with John Utaka coming in.

We rode our luck a bit, but Sulley Muntari's late penalty proved enough to see us to an incredible victory

The Match
This is not going to be a convention match report, its been a long day and tiredness is kicking in, but so is the realisation that so many incredible things have happened - we beat united, at Old Trafford no less, this win puts us into the semi finals, and now means the dream of seeing Pompey at Wembley has now materialised, along with the fact that we are 90 minutes away from the FA cup final!

Due to all these factors the game is somewhat of a haze now, I have not seen any footage or anything, what I write is based on what I remember! We clearly had a game plan to hold and frustrate United, which we did fantastically well in the 1st half.

Cristiano Ronaldo and his diving antics probably went against him when he was not given 'that penalty' that Fergie has been moaning about. Carlos Tevez also managed to somehow miss what seemed a goal, although Glen Johnson deserves credit for this clearance.

All in all though we dealt with the threat United posed, and but for a little more invention and attacking willing could have hit them on the break, but as said a game plan was being closely followed.

The 2nd half saw us push forward more, and still we dealt with the threat United posed, but again in all fairness from where I was stood - yep stood, not sat we seemed fairly comfortable and well disciplined, although again we had to clear off the line, but how Michael Carrick did not score I do not know, but again Sylvain Distin this time deserves credit.

The breaks that we made became more and more frequent when Milan Baros came on for Kanu, and it was Baros that won us a penalty, which also saw Tomasz Kuszczak - who had come on for Edwin Van Der Sar at half time - sent off!

With all the United changes made Rio Ferdinand - fresh from several paddies, along with many of his teammates - went in goal. Sulley Muntari stepped up and sent us wild as he converted. United were rocked by this, and could not gain composure, and if anything we could have scored again, but we were content with what we got.

Match Summary
We had some luck, but I think that our tactics were spot on today, we set out our stall, in the 1st half it looked like nothing else other than to draw and take them back to Fratton Park, but in the 2nd half it took another turn and we looked like we wanted it, and we got it.

We rattled United, from the off when Lassana Diarra let Cristiano Ronaldo know who he was!

It was absolutely electric being at Old Trafford today, the United fans were silent apart from a few 'United, United's' and boos at the penalty award, but we were fantastic, we never stopped for the whole 90 minutes, and more.

What a day, as long as it was, and what a result - what have I been saying fellas, our name is on this cup, surely we will never get a better chance after Chelski bowed out to cap a perfect day!


United 0
Pompey 1 - Sulley Muntari 78 (pen)

David James
Glen Johnson
Sol Campbell
Sylvain Distin
Hermann Hreidarsson
Sulley Muntari
Papa Bouba Diop
Lassana Diarra
Niko Kranjcar (Richard Hughes 81)
John Utaka (Lauren 74)
Kanu (Milan Baros 54)

Substitutes Not Used
Jamie Ashdown
Arnold Mvuemba

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Well done to both teams for putting on a top and nail biting game. I will not critisize any player from either side as I think they all played the game hard and fair and to the limit. No one slacked off. I also commend the ref's as they allowed hard fair tackles, recognised the importance of the game and let it flow without unnecessary free kicks for girly fouls that some refs have given in other games. The only question I have is how the timekeeper got 4 minutes of added time at the end. Would it have been that much if Man U had been in front? I haven't forgotten Harry as I am not one of his fans but in this case he had a good gameplan, used the subs well, and got up off his seat and gave instructions throughout the match. Well done Harry. My sympathy goes to Baros. He was on song to get his first goal for Pompey and what a goal it would have been. Still we got the penalty and the win. All the Pompey players stepped up to the game and played as they should, not as they have been lately. Again well done. I posted a 10 nil Man U win and said that should ensure at least a draw for Pompey- it worked. Now I am hesitant about predicting any more cup results involving Pompey but I did say back in the 5th round that we WILL win the cup. With Chelsea also out we have to be favourites to win it.I hope this doesn't make us too nervous not being the underdogs. Fingers and everything else crossed for the semi final.
08/03/2008 23:16:00
the ref played about 6 minutes in the end... he must have borried fergies watch :-) god, im out on my feet now...
08/03/2008 23:22:00
he played just over an extra minute but he did warn earlier that he would for time wasting by a couple of Pompey players so that was fair enough, but where did the timekeeper get the first 4 minutes from.
08/03/2008 23:36:00
in all fairness there were 5 or 6 subs made in the 2nd half, which add time, and the penalty wasted a good 2 minutes between award and being taken... tbh i was happy with 4 minutes, i thought it would be more... but who cares, we won now im sleeping, it will probably all fully hit home tomorrow!
08/03/2008 23:39:00
last season, we wnt to OT in the cup, and we had our slice of lucky (mendes orr the line...well, out of the goal), had a great keeper, anddefended well (particuallyprimus) - but then ady cole missed an open goal, and wayne rooney came on and scorred 2 fluke goals. this season, we took our chance, but other than that, it seemed like an identical replay!!!
08/03/2008 23:51:00
another thing i might add, i was worrying when we played chelsea, that we had played the "top 4(5)" in the premiership, and only managed to get draws at home, and lose away. only 4(5) pts from a possible 24(27) isn't great even against the top 4(5) for a team chasing europe. I would gratefull have swapped it all for that win - what a result!!!
08/03/2008 23:54:00
just remind all utd fans 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0
ozanne park rangers
09/03/2008 03:03:00
^back down to earth, your in 9th.
09/03/2008 05:35:00
Good win lads, hope you win the cup!
Real Deal
09/03/2008 07:04:00
its amazing! pompey are favourites for the cup now
09/03/2008 09:08:00
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