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Kanu Believe It?

Middlesbrough
0 - 4
Pompey

Riverside Stadium

Monday 28-08-06, 8pm

Attendance: 24,834

Referee:

Kanu believe it!

Pompey maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a resounding 4-0 victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Two goals from Kanu (7 & 57) either side of Benjani`s (50) first goal of the season had the game wrapped up inside an hour. Substitute Svetoslav Todorov (93) would add a fourth deep into injury time.

A foul on Kanu saw Pompey awarded the first free kick of the game within striking distance, which Dejan Stefanovic did superbly, only a wonderful Mark Schwarzer save would deny the skipper his first goal of the season.

The resulting corner would however see Pompey take the lead in the 7th minute. After failing to clear the ball Kanu poached from the edge of the 6 yard box to poke home.

A Noe Pamarot (in for the injured Glen Johnson) mistake let in Stewart Downing who had it not been for David James quickly off his line would have equalised.

A bright start would see David Thompson shot from the edge of the area following Benjani`s knock back.

Some good defending from Linvoy Primus denied Mark Viduka a certain goal as Boro applied some pressure of their own as they searched for an equaliser.

Then Yakubu would get on the end of another dangerous Downing corner, but his header lacked power and fell straight into the hands of David James.

On 19 minutes Pompey had another free kick in an almost identical position to that of the Stefanovic effort. This time Thompson tried his luck, but despite being again on target the effort was straight at Schwarzer.

Gaizka Mendieta`s first attempt on goal of the match would be from 20 yards, but his curling effort failed to trouble James at all.

James however would be tested by the next Boro effort. Mendieta`s flick on found Yakubu but the former Pompey man shot straight at James.

Gary O`Neil, who likes scoring against Boro, had his first effort on goal with a header from the edge of the box, but that went wide of the target.

A minute later and Schwarzer was called into action again, needing to turn away another Kanu effort from the corner of the penalty box.

As half time approached a sustained period of Boro possession saw a 30 yard Mendieta fee kick just narrowly go wide.

Yakubu would have the first effort of the second half, but again he missed the target with a long ranged effort.

The 50th minute saw Pompey go 2-0 up with Benjani`s 1st league goal of the season. A corner was played short to Thompson who delivered a fine ball into the area and Benjani opened his account for the season with a header.

Moments after Pompey`s second Mendieta would have another crack at goal, his 25 yard volley just went over the bar, although I feel that James had it covered.

James would have to be at his best to deny Boro twice in a matter of seconds. Firstly he had to be at full stretch to tip over Downing`s quickly taken free kick, then from the corner would again have to dive full stretch to turn a header round the post.

In the 57th minute following some sustained Boro pressure Pompey broke and counter attacked. A 60 yard Kanu run ended with a devilishly delightful chip over the advancing Schwarzer to put Pompey 3-0 up!

As the game reached the hour mark Boro tried to increase the number of players they had on the field to 13 as two unwanted visitors entered the field of play. One dressed in what appeared to be a chicken uniform?

At the midway point of the second half James would again be equal to the task put in front of him as he comfortably denied Lee Cattermole following a Sean Davis mistake.

Substitute James Morrison`s first influence on the game would be to shoot into the side netting as Boro went in search of a consolation goal.

With eight minutes left, and shortly after Ognjen Koroman had made his second debut for Pompey when coming on as a sub Kanu would be withdrawn to a standing ovation from the Pompey fans as Svetoslav Todorov came on.

The first booking came with only two minutes to play (two more, both Boro would follow) as Benjani`s through ball found Todorov in an offside position, and as a result of playing on he received a yellow.

In the 93rd minute Toddy lobbed over Schwarzer and into the net for Pompey`s fourth, just remaining onside following a fine pass from Davis.

So we now go into the International break 2nd in the Premiership with 7 points, 7 goals and none conceded in over four and a half hours of football! Kanu has already scored 4 goals, having managed just 5 in the whole of last season; Toddy has 2 and Benji 1.

Things are certainly looking good. Role on Wigan on September 9th...

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Goals
Middlesbrough 0
Pompey 4 - Kanu 7, 57, Benjani 50, Todorov 23

David James
Noe Pamarot
Linvoy Primus
Sol Campbell
Dejan Stefanovic (c)
Gary O'Neil
Sean Davis
David Thompson (Ognjen Koroman 73)
Matty Taylor (Richard Hughes 86)
Kanu (Svetoslav Todorov 83)
Benjani


Substitutes Not Used
Nick Jordan
Andy O'Brien


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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday August 28 2006
Time: 10:03PM

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Comments

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I've sat here listening to the game on Solent, but think I'm dreaming! I'm always a proud Portsmouth fan, but right now it's just so easy to be!
robroy
28/08/2006 22:16:00
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Banished the wife & daughter upstairs & watched the sky match. Had predicted a draw but feared the worse with GJ out. Utterly gobsmacked. Will need to apologise to the neighbours in the morning after the sreams of delight. It makes you wonder if we had signed some of 'those' strikers would Kanu have been on the pitch? Keep it boys.
storagematt
28/08/2006 22:24:00
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amazing, thanks for the live updates paul, my sky broke haha gutted
lmatthews
28/08/2006 22:25:00
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Flippin brilliant. My wife wanted to go and watch snakes in a plane at the flicks tonight. 21:30 showing. In the end she enjoyed the match so much she decided not to go!! (Thanks the lord for that!!) Have to say I was retiscent about signing Kanu, but so far he is making me eat my words, and I am delighted. Must also say similar for Pamarot, I was worried about him covering for Johnson, but I have to say he was excellent, and Downing never really got a chance going.
wakey
28/08/2006 22:38:00
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Pamarot was superb
lmatthews
28/08/2006 22:40:00
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i took a pic on my mobile of the score at two points of the game and a similar theme ran: MIDO 2 POMPEY .... MIDO 4 POMPEY superstition?
pompey pessimist
28/08/2006 23:00:00
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kanu and campbell have proved to be influential free transfers and i will eat my words over stef, hes playing v well so far this season. im already thinking weve done enough to stave of a relegation battle... well we would have to do something pretty sinister to get back there and pompey wouldnt do that, would they ?
pompey pessimist
28/08/2006 23:02:00
0
once again i enjoy a large slice of humble pie with organised defence pastry and victory custard......glorious
russellm
28/08/2006 23:11:00
0
Utterly fantastic, I too was concerned about Johnson's absence but Pamarot did a superb job! The team as a whole were glorious, and to think Boro had just seen off Chelsea and were probably fairly confident of a win before the game! All three strikers scoring too Keep it up lads, it's plain to see that you're enjoying your current form as much as we are!
Tantona
28/08/2006 23:29:00
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KANU races to the front as joint Prem goalscorer - and to think he could have bagged 5 with the penalty miss. My brother was born in Middlesborough - suck eggs mate. There are 3 swear words in clubs SCUNTHORPE, ARSENAL and F*****G MANCHESTER UNITED. One of them still heads us but Arsenal are well behind. How the mighty fall. We musn't get carried away as 40 points is still a long way away and as Harry has said we cannot afford injuries. I still hope we sign a couple before 31/8 just to shore up til January. Now everyone can't laugh down here in OZ anymore that I support a small, insignificant club....and 2 aussies were on the receiving end of a convict whipping this morning.
pompeygray
28/08/2006 23:32:00
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