Date:Saturday March 20 2010
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.
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Date:Saturday March 20 2010
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