Date:Tuesday March 1 2011
Pompey came through a scrappy old game with another 3 point in the bag, 15 from 15 now with none conceeded, an upturn in form to put it mildly!
The game was sealed by a cracker from Kitson and a rare strike from Mokoena, Scunthorpe were to be fair, awful, if they stay up it will be a miracle, although Pompey were little better for long periods until the goal, amazing what a lead does for confidence though!
Joel Ward was the only absentee from saturday, his knock was serious enought to force him out, Kanu was deemed ready for another start in his place.
On the bench was Liam Lawrence, this news was then blunted by the fact he re-done his calf muscle in the warm up.
The match went off and followed a similar pattern to so many home ones recently, scrappy interplay and misplaced passes, it was nearly 10 minutes before the first worthwhile action, Kitson charged down a clearance and the ball went to Kanu, his flying header played our captain back in and he in turn fed Nugent, the ball was slightly behind him though to slow the impetus, Nugent though went for a flighted effort which the visiting 'keeper did well to turn over.
A corner shortly after ricocheted around until finally hacked clear, then Pompey's rearguard was breached for the first time in nearly 8 hours, Miller rising to nod home, only for a linesmans flag to wave for an infringement, harsh.
Pompey should of taken the lead before half time, Kanu played in Nugent and he lifted the ball over the bar when he should really of tested Lillis.
Hoigg almost got on the end of a Nuge cross and then Scunthorpe threatened once more, Collins flicking an effort narrowly wide of the post with Ashdown beaten.
The first half was disjointed and strewn with errors, Pompey decided to try and put some zip in the pitch by watering it at half-time, it couldn't make the passing any worse!
Scunthorpe tried their l;uck first though, Collins smashed in a shot which Ashdown parried away, the ball had power, but lacked finesse.
Just as the game was getting bogged down, Kitson burst between two static defenders and then smashed home low into a corner, 1-0 and Pompey were on the march once more.
The goal forced Scunthorpe to press a bit more and in turn opened up the match, it also relaxed Pompey and their ws only going to one team scoring again.
The second came curtesy of Hogg winning another tackle and feeding Kanu, he in his unhurried way held the ball up and laid off to Mokoena who struck a shot at goal, the ball deflected to go furter towards the corner of the net and Pompey had doubled their lead and were home and dry.
There was enough time for Hriedarsson to hava a couple of forays forward and Halford to head wide from a corner, job done though and the form table has Pompey sittting pretty at the top.
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Date:Tuesday March 1 2011
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