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Pompey keep the fires burning

Pompey may be all over as far as the Premiership is concerned, but with the Cup final to look forward to, the players kept fighting on the pitch with a comeback that would have elated us a few weeks back.

Pompey could start with Dindane for the first time since the semi-final, he was to prove pivotal later, Sowah got another run-out at left-back and is starting to settle in, while Utaka got another chance up front with Tommy Smith completing an attacking line-up.

Pompey were under the cosh early on, Taylor forcing a fine save from James with a header, and then Klasnic doing likewise with a turn and shot. After this early pressure John Utaka decided to let fly, his strike from the edge of the area forcing Jaaskelainen into his first meaningful action.

Pompey were just starting to gain the initative when it all went horribly wrong in 5 minutes, first the on-loan Jack Wilshere crossed for Klasnic to head home and then Weiss made a great run down the right and left Davies with a tap-in, Pompey appealed for off-side but the goal stood.

Smith decided to try and return the medicine at the other end, but his shot struck the post and not net.
Sowah was getting a firm test from the livewire Weiss, but he was sticking to his task and making a few good blocks.

The half ended and Pompey loked they might of given up the ghost, but Avram decided to go for it by replacing Yebda with Piquionne, a move that would seem inspired in a short while.

On 55 minutes Dindane played Piquionne in out wide, his centre found the Ivorian once more and he placed/scuffed his shot into the bottom corner, game on.
Piquionne nearly brought us level minutes later, but this time Jaaskelainen saved form his header from a Vanden Borre centre.

Smith had time to smuggle a Davies header away from a post and the Dindane completed the comeback, Utaka robbed Cahill of possesion and squared for Dindane to tap home, parity was restored.

With 25 minutes to go, both teams fancied a win bonus, Piquionne threatened once more and Davies and Elmander tried to beat James, the score was to stay level however, Davies' injury time strike against a post the close as it came.
Pompey were showing once more that the fire is still there in the belly.

Star Player

Dindane likes to score in little flurries, a bit of match action was more important however, and he did little harm with a brace of goals.

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 25 2010

Time: 9:38PM

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Apologies for belated report, been tied up with kids football all day!
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25/04/2010 21:39:00

Go on Pompey, many teams would have laid down being relegated but we keep fighting on. Play up Pompey
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25/04/2010 22:00:00

Grant finally made the right tactical decision; better late than the previous nevers. Pleased for dindane it's such a shame he took so long to get those shooting boots worn in; once again Freddie changed the game. Thought Sowah had another baptism of fire, young I know but he will struggle against the top champs sides on current form; still we should persevere with him. Hopefully we will keep brown and smith they look above average champs quality. work nerds to be done on Sowah and the defense for the cup final otherwise some. Plenty of postives are evident from that game.
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26/04/2010 00:59:00

Grant - did more that any top notch manager would do, in the same sircumstances, tactically and strategically, in the league and in the cup. When he was the first manager ever, to take chelsea to the champs final, in his first year in the premiership, some said, it might be luck. Now, when he took a collapsed team(with the greatest fans in the world) to the cup final, that is much harder thing, than to win with chelsea in the champs final and he's doing it, just in his second year in the premiership, well, he really doesn't have to prove no one anymore, that he is something special. My heart tells me, that i really want that Grant will stay with pompey for dacades, but my brain tells me, that he won't stay, because many teams, will want him next year(i hope i'm wrong and he'll stay). but anyway, what he did for this club, is something special, very special. But as one who knows many kind of fans, pompey fans realy deserved a special treatment, especially with all this agony, and Avram Grant, was there for them, and you facken going to wembley, for the club final, Not with 117 millions, that you don't got, but with a pure pompey spirit and one huge Uncle Avram!
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26/04/2010 05:44:00

Worth the wait as always Paul. Good point and three more next week and we are off the bottom if you add back the nine that were stolen!
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26/04/2010 12:39:00

I think MOTD said that was the first time we've come back from 2 goals down in the Premiership. Away at Bolton as well. Great result! Good support as well. 200 pompey fans out-singing the whole Reebok, unless the all microphones at the ground happened to be at our end.
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