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Leeds 3 - Pompey 3

Elland Road

28-12-10, 3pm


Leeds 3-3 Pompey

Pompey fought back from 3-1 down to secure an impressive point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Elland Road today.

Old boy Andy O'Brien takes the 'plaudits' with the second of his own goals gifting us a late, late point!

Full report from paultsmouth to follow tomorrow after a night out...

And here is the hangover report, fresh from a night out at the Easney Cellars.

Pompey made a few enforced changes for the match, Richard Hughes used up his last game of his current contract, replacing Brown who had done the same earlier, Joel Ward shifted forwards to replace Liam Lawrence, this paved the way for Greg Halford to return at right back. Carl Dickinson replaced HH on the left.

Pompey had promised to wipe out the early errors which were proving our achilles heel, well after 10 minutes that pledge was obliterated.

Pompey had just wasted a golden chane to take the lead through John Utaka, he clipped a shot over Schmeichel in the Leeds goal but saw it deflected narrowly wide, instead of a corner though Leeds were granted a goal kick that ultimately gave them the lead, the kick found Snodgrass on the right, his cross landed at Max Gradel's feet and the net bulged, part refereeing error and slack defending, sound familiar?

Next up it was Carl Dickinson in the spotlight, he missed a clearance and Howson was left to place past Ashdown, if Pompey had any more feet to shoot they would need to be millipedes.

Pompey had to regroup and come from behind once again, Kitson almost found a lifeline but his goal bound header was hacked off the line, then came a Nugent magic moment, teed up by Hughes who was enjoying a storming return to the side, he smashed home an absolute thunderbolt from the edge of the area, Schmeichel left groping for thin air.

Half-time arrived and Pompey seemed to have a footing in the game at least, after an hour had passed though the deficit was back to 2, a corner was only scuffed clear and Johnson volleyed from inside the 18 yard box, Pompey surely down and out?

Well no, Pompey burst straight up the other end Kanu who was on for the crocked Ward squared to Hughes, he struck for goal and the ball richocheted off of Pompey old boy O'Brien, Hughes wheeled away celebrating what he believed to be only his second Pompey goal, only the dubious goal panel can decide now.

Pompey pressed and pressed for a leveller, referee throwing us a lifeline by waving away a penalty shout after Sonko's clumsy trip on McCormack, then in stopage time came the morale boosting equaliser, this time there was no doubt that O'Brien scored it, Ciftci crossed from the right and O'Brien and Schmeichel got in a right tangle the ball crossing the line before Kanu could claim it.

So a late 3-3 draw in stoppage time bringing back memories of a similar game back in the 1990's when Guy Whittingham got the same result for Pompey, one thing you can't dispute about our depleted squad is the spirit!

Star Player

Richard Hughes may have played his last game for the blues, has he ever made such a significant contribution?

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 28 2010

Time: 7:30PM

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First AOB own goal should be given to Hughsie without any doubt! Look forward to Paul's hangover written report lol
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28/12/2010 22:22:00

Couldn't BELEEEEVE it when we went two down in next to no time at all. Thought it was going to be a rout! Then Nuge got us one to make it 2-1 and I thought if we can hang on until half time, Cotterill will do whatever he does at half time and we will come back with a chance. THEN, in the secon half, we went down 3-1!!! In the end, we came away from the game as tho it was a victory and I am sure that the Leeds fans went home thinking of it as a loss. Shame... Tee Hee! (would have liked the points to go with my thoughts tho).
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29/12/2010 00:52:00

Its never boring following Pompey is it? We all thought we were going to have to dig in for a tough afternoon, and it turned on its head! Just wish we could sort out our defence so we didn't let in 2 easy early goals in the first place! Have to say I liked Leeds, they had a good crowd (despite what the Pompey fans were chanting) and it's nice when you can wander round outside the ground, all fans mixed together and its all friendly. There was a player warming up who didn't feature, is he a new signing? Anyone know?
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29/12/2010 09:03:00

Brilliant response, never say die attitude. I feared the worst at 2-0 & 3-1 but at 3-2 I was sceaming at the Sky Sports News to report on a Pompey third goal. Prayers thankfully answered. Abouit time that cart horse O'Brien did us a favour, quite useless when he was with us.
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29/12/2010 11:01:00

Can't believe some people are giving Hughes' goal as an og - it was on target and deflected in. Think the extra player warming up was Tom Kilbey
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29/12/2010 11:07:00

Pompey have the spirit to do well, just need Chanrai to grant us the slack needed to push on, if he wants to sell up surely a bit of speculate to accumulate is needed now?
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29/12/2010 12:25:00

a good fight back from pompy , a great game for both clubs
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30/12/2010 14:35:00


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