Date:Saturday December 11 2010
Last time out and Pompey beat third placed Swansea on their own turf, this time it was the turn of fourth placed Norwich to get a dose.
Pompey went with an unchanged line-up once more, stability is the way at Cotterill towers, Norwich were missing the influential Holt.
The game started fairly evenly, Pompey not getting off to the customary slow start by any means, in fact Lawrence almost made it a dream start, curling a free-kick into the side netting in only the third minute.
Norwich had a gilt edged chance to break the deadlock quarter of an hour later, Chris Martin squared for Simeon Jackson, he shot straight at the grateful Ashdown however and Pompey hung on.
Norwich were buoyed by the near miss however and contrived to miss some great chances, foiled by wayward shooting and inspired keeping by Ashdown, Jackson nodded over a corner, Barnett doing likewise. Martin was denied by a great save from Ashdown and he then pushed away a Lansbury drive to keep the canary tide at bay.
Half-time came with Pompey still equal, and still very much in the game.
The second half was a much more equal contest, Pompey almost breaking the deadlock, Lawrence going closer than before this time, his 30 yard drive swerved and smashed a post with Ruddy floundering.
Ashdown proved his worth once more, this time Hoolahan was the victim of his desire to keep a clean sheet.
Pompey broke the deadlock at last in the 73rd minute, Nugent burst down the wing and squared for a grateful Kitson to score and break his 9 match duck from 6 yards out, Pompey were on the march once more.
Norwich had to throw everything forward now, Fox was denied by that man Ashdown once more and Lansbury drilled over from close in.
With time ticking by, Pompey subbed Lawrence for Sonko, little did they know but it would cost him a goal, Nugent bundled his way into the box and Barnett tumbled him over to earn Pompey a pen and himself a second yellow.
With Lawrence off, Halford stepped up to the white spot, but just like Lawrence he made no mistake to send Pompey home with three points and himself with his 3rd goal of a productive loan spell.
Date:Saturday December 11 2010
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