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You wait 49 days and it happens, Pompey register a win at last, and a win where it matters, against what will in all probability be against a relegation rival.

Paul Hart sprang no surprises, Yebda came in for the below par Mokoena and Finnan made a long awaited debut at right back in place of Vanden Borre.

Paul Hart has obviously thought sod it now, Pompey were having none of the sitting back to get a point mentality, they went at Wolves from the off, with Wolves trying to press also it was an attacking and open game.
Smith and Dindane were proving to be a real handful once more, Smith having his best game in a Pompey shirt to date.
Boateng was Pompey's lynchpin once more, anything good seemed to stem from the bargain boy from Spurs.

On 20 minutes of our eighth Premiership start came the moment we had all waited for, Yebda who had just had one hacked off the line, rose to meet Boateng's flighted cross with his head and nodded low into the net, Pompey had taken the lead for the first time this season!

Jarvis and Doyle were proving to be the main threats for Wolves, the former doing well on the wing, Finnan clearing a dangerous cross.

Dindane almost made it two, but Hennessey pulled off a cracking save and Smith blasted his follow up narrowly wide.
Pompey had definitely had the best of the half, but Doyle almost forced an equaliser, he went on a lung bursting run down the wing, losing O'Hara for pace but his cross was wasted and cleared away. Ben haim ws next to the rescue, Doyle seemed certain to score, but the big Israeli produced a great challenge to deny the ex-Reading man.

1-0 at half-time and Pompey were looking well worth it.

McCarthy had seen enough and bought on Ebanks-Blake and Kightly, but Pompey were quickest out the blocks once more, Smith crossing for Dindane who couldn't find the needed power with his header.

Kightly and O'Hara found their way into Webb's book, the Wolves man upsetting O'Hara by claiming a penalty when it was he who had handled.
On the hour came the moment of luck that Pompey haven't seen for many a match, Wilson seeming to stop a cross with his arm, but this time a penalty didn't go against Pompey, and the travelling hoards puffed a collective sigh.

Wolves were doing all the pressing now as you would expect, Pompey trying to rely on the counter-attack, but the Blue defence was holding firm, only in the last five did they seem to sway, Halford smashed in a great free-kick which James did brilliantly to block out, the ball landed at Ebank-Blakes feet, but he lack the necessary composure and blasted over the bar.

And so that was it, Pompey are up and running, still some way to go, but the monkey is off their back and points are on the board.

Star Player

Boateng once again grabs the plaudits, he was closely run by Smith and Yebda, but produced another barnstormer.

Player Ratings


Brilliant save near the end from Halfords free-kick.


Welcome addition, gave defence a confidence boost.


Solid once more and showed great energy to go on a pitch length run in the second half when were under the cosh.


Looks assured next to Kaboul, could be the future for Pompey


Yebda-dabba-do was the cry! (copyright EastneyDave) the big Algerian made a great impact on his first start, and Pompey have their very own Fred Flintstone!


Covers so much ground and puts in so many tackles, how the hell he hasn't been booked yet is another story!


Enjoying a regular start and will be missed in two weeks time.


Another MOM display, anyone missing Kranjcar?

Ben Haim

Great goal saving block to deny equaliser


May not be prolific but so important to the side right now.


Maybe the man we are crying out for up front.

Date:Saturday October 3 2009
Time: 6:52PM

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And altogether, breathe out!!
03/10/2009 18:57:00
Exhale!! I think we all knew after the performance against Everton and the standing ovation at the end plus the players obvious dissappointment that we would win at Wolves. That is why all tickets were sold. Pompey are now on the march!!
03/10/2009 19:06:00
I was lucky to watch the match on the net. What impressed me most was the commitment and passion shown by all the players. James saves were worth at least one if not two goals to Pompey. I thought Kaboul had a sound game.
03/10/2009 19:22:00
Yet great professionalism especially with the wages hoo ha! An Everton fan I work with came in work yesterday & goes to me 'are you being paid...just askin as your players ain't!' Not sure you would have this with many a players in other teams! I see it as an early birthday present, a day early!!
03/10/2009 19:32:00
I think our present is due on Monday Dazza, just waiting for confirmation
03/10/2009 19:36:00
I've been exhaling for several hours now, nervy last few minutes but a great display and nice to break our 330 day away hoodoo. I have full confidence our home form will pick up if we keep playing like we have recently.
03/10/2009 19:39:00
if we play like we have been doing, and the fans get behind the players, their is no reason why we can't beat spurs. Last minute corner, defoe own goal.
03/10/2009 19:46:00
The spirit is there for all to see and it can only get better.
03/10/2009 19:47:00
Wll done lads now I hope you go from strength to strength!
03/10/2009 19:48:00
I was on my way into work when the second half was on, had to listen to the Bolton Spurs game and just got snippets when something was happenning. I was sat at a set of lights when the final whistle went, everyone around me must have thought I was a nutter.
03/10/2009 20:16:00
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