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Pompey sneaked through for a home tie with Sunderland with 2 goals in the last seconds. Our equaliser came in the 90th minute of normal time, and the winner came in time added on in extra-time! Beat that Fergie!

Pompey were without Kaboul on the night, an infected toe was cited as why, but his abscence is bound to get the fans worried with Lens apparently sniffing around, James never even made the bench when he was supposed to be fit, Finnan was the other absentee of note.

Let's get things straight from the off though, first half and Pompey were as bad and disjointed a bunch of players that could possibly be, our passing was schoolboy and commitment lacking, Papa Diop could not pass wind, he was that bad, Brown was misfiring as well although he was to improve later, the only player of any note was Vanden Borre who looked up for it.

Coventry were bossing possesion without threatening Begovic, that is until Leon Best decided to open his top drawer and pull out a goal of real quality, surrounded by Pompey shirts, he managed to first swivel and then belt a beauty past Begovic, it really was a top goal.
You'd expect Pompey to come straight back at Coventry, but it just wasn't happening, in fact it was Morrison who nearly scored again, this time he volleyed first time a long punt from Westwood that must have travelled 60 yards, Begovic gathered though.
As the half-time whistle went, Coleman must have felt quite smug.

Second half and Pompey raised their game a little, we were still way off the pace though, it took an injury to Boateng to up Pompey's ante, on came the much maligned Utaka, and to be fair he was lively from the off.
Smith almost squirted Pompey back in it, but his slightlty mishit cross from the left was turned over by Westwood.
Basinas came on with 77 minutes passed, my mate texted me to say his first 3 passes found a Pompey shirt, MOM in his book!
Pompey were pressing hard now, Coventry were pinned back and clinging on, Utaka netted but was deemed offside and Coventry looked to have held out, but one last heave and Wright inexplicably buried a lovely header past Westwood with no Pompey player near him, and we had extra-time.

Coventry lost Best almost as soon as the extra period started and with it their target man, Basinas was showing how to pass a ball now, he may be a peripharal figure, but quality remains.
Piquionne nodded home off the post but was ruled offside for the umpteenth time and Utaka and Webber both failed to get decent shots away when well placed.
With 6 minutes of extra-time left, Basinas played in Utaka over the top, his touch was good, but he decided to round Westwood rather than dink him and both the 'keeper and Wright got back to block, Pompey's big chance seemed to have gone.
120 minutes had passed and it was just up to the ref to blow for penalties, Pompey had a last ditch corner and Coventry commited suicide once more, Mokoena arrived and headed home completely unmarked to put Pompey through, in a 2 hour game we were awful for over an hour, for the last 3/4's we took over and that was enough.

Star Player

Basinas and Utaka probably turned the game, but over the duration of the game Vandedn Borre stood out in a poor Pompey side.

Date:Tuesday January 12 2010
Time: 10:54PM


This a good report of our win Paul. just how I saw it
12/01/2010 23:01:00
Who would of believed it! Aaron Bloody Mokoena getting the winner! Brilliant!
12/01/2010 23:05:00
I try to be honest! We were crap but came through somehow
12/01/2010 23:05:00
Well after listening to that on Quay tonight I feel like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards....exhausted!!!!
12/01/2010 23:23:00
Friends. you shouldn't degrade this important win. Coventry is not a bad side and many top premiership teams could go home after this game. in the last month pompey shows much of a character, closing the gap in the table as winning this cup game. if only the situation will be stable, the current material of players and the qualified manager you got, may save the day, until will come an investor who we'll be able to have a stable cash flow - and then with those players, with 2-3 more new ones and with a manager that took chelsea to it one and only champ final, pompey might be a top notch team. you just need some cash - if someone here can suggest 10-20 millions, it'll be enough - and he will get a free pompey t-shirt as a reward.
12/01/2010 23:28:00
Gotta say that Diop makes Mokoena look like bloody Pele.How people can rate him is beyond me.Truly awful and falls over if someone breathes on him. Saying that,agree Paul,shocking in the first 70 mins then picked up and went at them.
12/01/2010 23:31:00
Mokoena, Mokoena, Mokoena is good enough for me. The song not my personal opinion. Having cursed him all match it was inevitable that he would be the 'hero' of the night. We were so rubbish though, weren't we? Bring back Paul Hart's football.
12/01/2010 23:35:00
I dont know about 10-20 million alonrose but the tooth fairy visited my youngest daughter last night so I can chip in with 2 quid. Oh and if pompey tear up Diops contract then I will donate 100 quid to help the heroes
12/01/2010 23:35:00
Unlucky Coventry, the reports are saying! look at the stats, they tell a different storrie. sorry 'story'.
12/01/2010 23:44:00
i'm doing my snow dance to give belhadj, yebda and kanu chance to get home. We dont want to play the brum, if we can help it, in the form theyre in. I'd be spraying cold water all round the grounds perimeter! This was the comical article on the Pompey OS if you haven't seen it: Calling all Pompey fans – we need your help to clear Fratton Park of snow and ice to give us the best chance of staging Saturday’s Premier League game against Birmingham City. As a one-club city, the Blues have always been at the heart of the local community and we would love to see that spirit in evidence with as many people as possible lending a hand. Those adults wishing to join in should meet in the main Fratton Park car park on Wednesday morning at 8.30am. Bring a shovel/spade and even a broom and wheelbarrow if you have them. Walkways, stairs and the pitch edge all need clearing. Everyone who turns up to help out will be given two free tickets for the Birmingham game as thanks. The thoroughfares around Fratton Park are also covered in snow and ice and we are liaising with Portsmouth City Council in the hope that they will put resources towards that effort.
Super Bock 1898
13/01/2010 00:20:00
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