Date:Sunday November 30 2008
You've got to hand it to Pompey, they know how to entertain! A dour first half gave way to 5 goals in the second, Pompey flew into a 2 goal lead to yet again succumb to defensive frailities, but this time we found the extra yard.
Pompey started the game with two changes from thursday, Kaboul had turned an ankle and was replaced by Pamarot in the centre, while Defoe returned to grab back his spot partnering Crouch, Hughes and Diop got the nod in midfield in place of Davis once more.
The game had a sluggish start, Pompey couldn't find the crisp passing of the other night, and Blackburn were workmanlike in their line up.
The first real chance of the afternoon landed on Crouchs head, but he could only nod over with Robinson floundering.
Blackburn were making life difficult and enjoyed as much possesion as Pompey, Defoe only found the ball out wide and never got a sniff of a goal well defended by Nelsen and Samba.
For me, half time couldn't have come quicker, little did I know of the frolics to come in the next 45.
Kranjcar made his way onto the right in place of Little, who to be fair did little wrong but posed no real threat.
Glen Johnson was the spark, he floated over a beauty for Peter Crouch to guide home with his head and lift Pompeys spirits.
Defoe was not to be outdone though, Kranjcar threaded a lovely ball through and one-on-one with Robinson there was to be only one outcome.
Thgis time Pompey had 38 minutes to defend a 2 goal cushion, surely this time? Well no, Matt Derbyshire came on for Blackburn and his first touch ws to head home over James as Pompeys static defence watched and admired, 28 minutes to go.
Pompey slipped into old habits and decided to place their defensive line just in front of the milton end, Tucay ran unopposed through midfield and crashed home a shot in the bottom corner, 2-2 and Pompey looked to have thrown it all away again.
Blackburn immeadiately had the ball in the net again, but it was chalked off correctly has Derbyshire was offside as he crossed for Pedersen.
Straight up the other end and Johnson takes a leaf out of the Taylor book and belts one from his own half, only for the ball to land on top of the net rather than under.
Blackburn celebrate yet again as Derbyshire knocks home, but we get lucky as a foul on Jamo is given.
Sean Davis entered the fray with quarter of an hour to go, and like Matt Derbyshire wasted no time, Diop made a storming run from midfield and for once smashed in a great shot that Robinson could only parry, Kanu knocked on to Davis, and the prolific midfielder lifted it over Robinson into the net for his second Pompey goal. 11 minutes remained and Pompey would be home and dry.
The last 10 minutes and Blackburn probed and Pompey countered, but the action was over and as Mark Halsey blew his whistle the relief hung in the air and Pompey crossed the line.
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Date:Sunday November 30 2008
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