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Pompey 3 - Hull 2

Fratton

20/3/10

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Pompey sink Hull

Pompey pulled off a great win over relegation threatened Hull, twice coming from behind to finally sink our rivals, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the last time Pompey scored twice in the last couple of minutes to snatch the points was against Notts Forest with two Claridge goals?

Pompey came into the game with only really pride to play for, Avram had asked his players who wanted to play and the outcome was obviously favourable.

Jamo was back between the sticks, Mullins came in at right back while Mokoena took over the defensive midfield role and Wilson moved back into the centre to join him, while on the right was a return for Smith.

hull threatened first, Hesselink heading against the post in the first five minutes, this was countered by a Wilson free-kick that sailed narrowly wide. Smith almost got behind from a long ball, but as he shaped to shoot the ball was bundled away for a a corner.

What the game lacked in quality, it made up for in endeavour, Hull need 3 points badly while Pompey wanted to prove a point or two, and it was Hull who broke the deadlock, Fagan fired in from distance and the ball flicked off of Folan and through James' legs, another Pompey sucker punch.
Pompey pulled level 10 minutes before half-time, and it was Smith who finally broke his own duck, an O'Hara short corner found the returning winger and he bundled home, Pompey were certainly up for the scrap.

The second half got under way in much the manner of the first, both sides were pushing but lacked real quality into the box, Smith was running hard and making himself a nuisance, while Belhadj was starting to bomb forward more and more.
On 73 and Hull took the lead once more, Folan was played in behind a square looking Pompey backline and finished cooly past James, the Hull fans started singing the staying up songs and Pompey looked down and out.
Pompey wasted another couple of set pieces from the edge of the area and Webber fired narrowly over with a searing volley, it seemed to be pretty much business as usual.

But up came O'Hara, after countless efforts from the deadball opportunity, he fianlly made one count, his shot finding the top corner to give the remaining Fratton faithful something to crow about.
A point seemed to be on the way, but Belhadj won possesion from the kick off and burst down the left, he skipped forward and squared for King Kanu to slide home, no points became 3 in a minute and Hull look to have joined us next year.

Star Player

I thought Rocha had his best game for us, Mullins did ok at right back and O'Hara had a return to form, but Belhadj pips them with his forrays forward and his telling contribution at the end.




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Date:Saturday March 20 2010

Time: 10:34PM

Your Comments

You can take our points, but you cannot take our pride!!
paultsmouth
I can't be the only one whose heart sank to see Mullins and Mokoena on the team sheet and Mullins at right back..... But presume we're saving Finnan for Chelsea. However though I still feel Mullins bottles out of tackles which ain't the best recommendation for a full back, nevertheless he was ok and did some sensible stuff towards the end. Wilson's way better as sweeper.
Hammersmithblue
If you took a look at the crowd size when we got our two late goals, you can see where the fans of Pompey are, not just the fans of the Premier league
paultsmouth
This was amazing, I was feeling resigned to anoher defeat . . and then wallop, and wallop again! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Well done to our lads for being up for the fight, you can't kill our Pompey spirit.
tracyc
same here tracy, altho in many ways i was not really feeling that much - clearly i did not want to lose again but has almost accept it and shrugged my shoulders in some ways? again not that i do not care as clearly i do...so, it was magical to come back from 2-1 down with 2 minutes to play and win 3-2, bring on chelski!
pompeyrug
Some bloke behind me on way out said "I'd LOVE to see Dowie's face!" which isn't something which you can hear that often.
Hammersmithblue
I thought the chanting against Dowie was particularly amusing
UKTony
Have to say well done to both the fans who stuck it out and the team for not quitting and giving it up. Ever fancied doing the impossible? That would upset a few bigwigs I am sure.
SFC Forever
Im a bit gutted that I didn't make this one, especially after going to Hull for the real 0-0 bore draw earlier in the season. Well done fellas, great vocal support and the Pompey never say die attitude!
sneakay
not high quality, but a never say die spirit that was sorely missed against fulham, brum and pool; just shows what could have been. Another wired tactical starting selection from Grant; personally his dignity accepted I won't muss him. Rocha was also at error for the goal, my man of the match would probably been Wilson
russellm
SFC Forever, you intrigue me, you're always coming on saying nice things about Pompey. I think you're a secret blue on the quiet . . come join us, come join us, come join us over 'ere!
tracyc
One hull of a finish. Besides the cup games, this was our first win at home for 3 month's since the win over Liverpool. Brought some much needed joy to our faces. Shame so many went early.
storagematt
Attendance? Stilll only 16.5k? Why? I just don't get why its not sold out every week. Money through the door is so important right now!
MorningtonCrescent
Couldn't go as I had to leave for work at 3.30. Will be there on Wednesday though.
Lemmi
Cracking game, very similar of the West Brom game at the end of 2004, 2-1 down with minutes to go and ended up 3-2 up, I think LuaLua got the winner in that one after a great ball from Berkovic. Always seems to get a louder cheer when we score twice in a few minutes, not that it happens too often to us.
PompeyFrippy
tracyc I am a football fan who used to go to FP and the Dell in the 60's and 70's. Though a red n white first (it is in the family) I had and have friends who are blues. One day I may tell you a story about my long distant past so you can understand better.
SFC Forever
 

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