Date:Saturday January 24 2009
Pompey bade farewell to the cup we had waited so long to see again, Swansea outplayed us in a first half which we conceded 2 goals.
Swansea were already a goal to the good from Public enemy number 1 Nathan Dyer, when Belhadj dangled out a leg for Jordi Gomez to tumble, Jason Scotland did the rest and Pompeys grip on the cup was first loosened and then ripped away.
Tony Adams gave a debut to Jermaine Pennant, not on the right but in Kranjcars free role, Nugent played on the right again, and Hughes took Kabouls place in the centre.
The first 10 minutes or so saw both sides pushing for a worthwile chance, but Swansea were probably the brighter of the two sides, they were playing the football and Pompey were doing the chasing.
Nathan Dyer had already had one sighter of James' goal, when on 26 minutes he opened the scoring with a drilled shot, and then milked the applause from the Welsh contingent. Five minutes later and Konstantopoulous denied Crouch from 12 yards and Pompeys day was taking a grim look.
Pompey were out of sorts make no mistake, but Swansea were making us look so, and as half-time beckoned, Belhadj showed his defensive limitations by conceding a soft penalty, he may of protested it was out of the area, but referee Marriner was the man who mattered, and Jason Scotland made no mistake from the spot.
Second half and Nugent and Traore were hauled off, Hreidarsson moved to left-back pushing Belhadj on, and Kanu went up front with Crouch and Pennant made his way to his natural place on the wing.
Pompey certainly had the lions share of the play this half, but Swansea were stoic in defence, and when Crouch did get a header in, the post came to the rescue.
Konstantopoulous was inspired and kept Pompey out, but we were not with a cutting edge.
You can take nothing away from Swansea, but Pompey are now 2 months without a win at Fratton park, Villa are up next and you really fear for where the points are going to come from.
Tony Adams tactics will no doubt come into close inspection once more, Pennant was wasted in the middle, Hughes was not fit and could face another long spell out, and Nugent bouyed by his first goal at Spurs may well have taken a step back after being dragged off.
Not good enough.
Date:Saturday January 24 2009
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