Date:Sunday April 17 2011
Cardiff city stadium
Another game, another red card for Pompey, this time it was Rocha once more, sent off for an alledged headbut on the saint like Bothroyd.
Pompey were already a goal down at that point due to some inept defending once more, things were only going to go downhill from there on in.
Steve Cotterill must feel that there is a conspiracy against Pompey since our run of wins got us towards the play-off spots, since then Rocha has seen red twice, a dodgy penalty at Reading and again against Coventry compounding the issue.
Pompey dropped Danny Webber back to the bench as he still feels his way back in to the team, with Mullins missing this let Cotterill back in along with Lawrence.
Pompey pretty much paved the way for a Cardiff win after only a few minutes, a corner was only slashed at in the box and found its way to Seyi Olofinjana who slotted home at the far post far too easily.
Then in the 18th minute a steep hill became Kilimanjaro when Bothroyd and Rocha clashed going for a header, as they got to their feet they went together like a couple of rutting stags, the ref though decided that Rocha was the aggressor and sent him off, ableit with blood pouring from a facial cut, Bothroyd was told he was a very naughty boy but let off.
Seyi Olofinjana should of had another heading over when unmarked, Pompey were though up against waves of pressure as Cardiff made their numerical advantage count, half-time was approaching and you felt we might have a sniff if we could make it one down, Cardiff though added another on the stroke of the interval, another corner was not dealt with and Bothroyd like Seyi Olofinjana had the simplest of tasks to slot home at the back post.
The second half was more a case of lets go home for Pompey, most of the travelling 1500 fans stayed in the bar as their team let them down once more, Danny Webber came on with a quarter of the match to go, once again getting into threatening positions without scoring, Cardiff did bag another though, this time ex-Villa man Whittingham was the benificary of another graet Bellamy pass, bagging his 10th of the saeson to clinch it.
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Date:Sunday April 17 2011
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