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Pompey 1 - Villa 2

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18/4/10

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Villains rob it at the death

Pompey were denied another point late on in the game, this time Delfouneso scored his first premiership goal with 8 minutes left as the game seemed to have petered out.

Boateng and Kanu returned to the line up, while Ritchie and Ward dropped to the bench after encouraging debuts at Wigan, in came Lenny Hill however, he made history at the age of 17 by becoming the first player to start a Premiership match that was born after its creation.

Pompey were straight on the attack for once, the 4th minute also saw a mad scramble, Friedel eventually denying Boateng from close range.
Pompey's early endeavour was to pay off however, Vanden Borre skinned Warnock down the right and cut it back for Brown to slot perfectly home past Friedel who was stuck to the spot, Brown was delighted, it was his first goal for over 5 years!

Carew had to a chance to level on 15 minutes but hit his shot against James when he should really of scored, a minute later however he was in. A ball over the top got Pompey's offside trap in a hell of a miss, Wilson was the only man to beat and he did it easily, he cut in on his right boot far too easily and smashed past James, poor defending all round.

Utaka had a couple of sniffs of a goal, first showing quick feet but no finish and then almost getting on the end of a lofted ball, Friedel got there first though.
Boateng had a curled free-kick saved and then it was Villa's turn, Agbonlahor felt he was the victim in a wrestle with Vanden Borre, but Probert gave Pompey the free-kick. Not to be outdone however was Diop, he showed how to give away a penalty in style, he first gained possesion in the area, and then in true Diop style he lost control of it and lunged in on Carew, stone waller.
David James was enjoying his afternoon however, and Carew opted for power rather than placement and James blocked his blast down the middle.
The second half was not quite so ebb and flow as the first, but Sowah was earning his corn, none more so than when dispossesing Young as the England hopeful tried to skip past him.
Villa had a couple of pot-shots from distance, but James was equal as the Midland side gained the upper hand.
After the hour Kanu who had been ineffective this half was replaced by Zorro, at least I think it was him.
It was Zorro himself who had Pompey's next real chance, a long throw from Brown was flicked on and he rose to flash a headed chance over, eat your heart out Delap.

Delfouneso switched with Agbonlahor and then scored with his first touch, Heskey nodding on a free kick and out came a leg to poke home, Pompey were found wanting defensively once more.

Ritchie and Ward came on, and it was the defender who came closest to an equaliser, first he headed a deep centre back into the mix, but Friedel claimed the chance, then another scramble saw him toe-poke toward goal only for it to hit Friedel and bounce back up into his arms.

Star Player

Brown had a stormer and scored, but young Lenny Hill showed great promise, he seemed to grow as the game went on, Ashley Young will have had easier games as the young Frenchman came out on top in their duel.




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Date:Sunday April 18 2010

Time: 9:47PM

Your Comments

One question, do Villa employ someone to constantly pour bottles of Lucozade onto the side of the pitch? He constantly emptied bottle after bottle out and then replaced them in a bag, no wonder we have gone skint!!
paultsmouth
thought we deserved a point today, altho - and as has been the story of our season - without the attacking threat that was needed is what cost us...that final ball often went the wrong way, or took too long.
thought we played well tho, very well and browny had another belter, just as he did at wembley last weekend and as he has most of the season to be fair!
i thought sowah had a decent game and looks a good prospect for the future - he will be a 1st team regular next season, right? altho, one think, isnt he german?
pompeyrug
Not a bad game my only moan was that while milner called and called for that free kick to be played to him for the winning goal we just watched and watched, it was simple school boy stuff. I even tried in vain to shout myself for someone to cut out the option, but it seemed like some people were nearly on their summer holidays already. (apart from 15th of may of course)
Super Bock 1898
I think Sowah has played U19 for Germany. He's another Ghanaian who plays for Germany. Thought he played really well, as did Brown, Mokoena, Wilson, Vanden Borre, in fact I think most of them played well for most of the game.
Lemmi
I thought you fought hard today. Unfortunate result.
Teddy_KGB
Your youngsters have not done themselves any harm. Today will have helped young Sowah a lot and I thought he had a good game. James was his usual self and it would be good if you could keep him next season but he will probably be too dear if he carries on after World Cup.
SFC Forever
German, French, all foreign to me!!
paultsmouth
Villains rob it at the death? Im sure u mean we scored in xtra time or summit? Im confused i fort we was the better team and deserved all 3points which we got. Fort ur young players play well for u, u had our defence rockin lol gdluck in the fa cup, i hope u win!
Blitz
I didnt think we had too bad a game, lacking a little bit of pace, and I thought Utaka was a bit lazy again, but on the whole i would have thought had it remained one all, that would have been a fair reflection on the game, never mnd i guess, Just another dozen of beer I owe my insufferable Villa mate!!!!
NZ_Portsmuff
Yeah a draw wouldv'e been fairer but whatever the result nobody can say the team aren't trying.. although Utaka and Diop were not at their best .. come to think of it what is there best ?
Chix
diop hasn't been at his best since he was injured in the game against arsenal in january last year. Utaka hasn't been at his best since the end of october, 2007. It's great to see the younger players getting some time on the pitch, and with them coming through, it looks like there really is some hope for the future!
pompeycarpet
I thought Utaka was ok in the lone hold-up striker role as Kanu seemed to play on the right and come deep quite a lot, and he had a couple of chances to break free, was unlucky to be called offside for one of them and a bad through ball on another. He is a bit lazy but I think he's gotten better in that sense
leftbak
We fought hard but the second goal was always coming, mostly due to the fact in the second half Utaka was lazy and Yebda and Boetang looked tired. No one apart from Brown seemed to have the confidence to shoot.
russellm
Thought you gave us a great game and on another day may have scored from a couple of your chances. In all fairness though if it hadn't been for James and the Ref, we could have had at least 5. I'm living down here now as i'm a student at the university and i'm gutted at how your league season has gone. Here's to the romance of the cup and a victory over Chelsea. Shame it wasn't us there with you.
mcgrathismydad
We deserved at least a draw, the kids did very well and poor old Brown took the blame from Jamo for the goal. Enjoyed it though but why oh why does Utaka play the game in short bursts?
eastneydave
Not too disappointed with the result, but think it could have gone either way really!! The team have certainly been playing well and the youngsters particularly Sowah have impressed.......oh for a pre-season eh? PUP
BarneyArmy
 

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