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Blackburn 0 - Pompey 1

Ewood

Sun 23-09-07, 3pm

Attendance: 19506

Blackburn 0-1 Pompey

Pompey went in without an away win in 9 months against a very strong Blackburn side - unbeaten in the league - who were themselves looking to recover from their midweek uefa cup defeat, would something give?

Only the one change was made to the Pompey side from the Liverpool match, with Harry Redknapp unsurprisingly opting for the 'lone striker' route, leaving out Benjani - who dropped from the bench - the man who came in was Niko Kranjcar.

After such a long wait for this away win, a 1st half goal from Kanu gave us the 3 points after a 1-0 win, which could have been better as we kept a good side quiet, reducing their clear cut chances to a minimum.

The Match
The opening 5 minutes saw Blackburn dominate Pompey, with the woodwork saving us as Roque Santa Cruz headed a cross from David Bentley against the post.

Another chance came Blackburn's way with less than 10 minutes on the clock Morten Gamst Pedersen brought the ball down and put the ball across the area but somehow Benni McCarthy shot wide from just 10-yards.

Kanu then had Pompey's first effort, but this caused no problems to Brad Friedel at all, then immediately Santa Cruz - who was causing Pompey problems with his pace - beat Hermann Hreidarsson before passing to Bentley who shot over.

Pompey should have scored, not once but twice in a matter if seconds. A good move saw John Utaka deliver to Kanu who saw his header saved by Friedel, with his follow up again Kanu was denied by brilliance from the Blackburn keeper - Pompey had to settle for a corner.

Very soon after, it was a case of 3rd time lucky for Kanu. A Papa Bouba Diop pass found him and he beat Stephen Warnock before rounding Friedel to score from a tight angle, beating Christopher Samba - who was covering on the line - to make it 1-0 to Pompey.

Pompey retained the pressure for a good few minutes after the goal, with some nice football was being played - by both sides - with Blackburn playing their part but no real danger being put on the Pompey defence, until Bentley went on a fine solo run as half time approached, only to be denied by a brilliant saving challenge by Sean Davis, who not only made the tackle on the edge of the area, but came away with it too.

Pompey made no changes at half time, as Blackburn came out very hungry in the opening minutes of the half, putting a lot of pressure on the Pompey defence, but Bouba Diop and Sylvain Distin - several times - cleared the danger. Then suddenly, out of nowhere a mix up between Samba and Friedel almost gifted Pompey a goal. If nothing else though it broke the pressure that was growing

A chance for Pompey came and went as Davis got in with a good run, but instead of taking it on himself and having a shot, he decided to square the ball back but this pass was unable to find anyone, with numbers arriving for Pompey lacking.

Pompey went on another quick break involving Sulley Muntari, who picked out Utaka but nothing could come of it as Samba could clear, much to the obvious anger of Kanu, who felt Muntari should have picked him out.

Harry Redknapp made his first change with 68 minutes played. Kanu came off with Benjani coming on, with it hoped that his extra pace and power could help see Pompey through, but soon after Blackburn really should have been level. Samba had a free header but he put this effort wide, with Utaka then leading a break, giving Warnock a tough time but he could not get his shot on target.

The match should have been wrapped up after Benjani did very well to get onto a ball through, he showed his pace and power he crossed into Bouba Diop but from close range he put wide, when he should have scored. Almost immediately we were nearly made to play as David James had to save from Santa Cruz, to make his first real save of the match, but even this was not that difficult in all honesty.

Blackburn really started to put on some pressure as the match moved into the final 10 minutes, with former Pompey loanee Jason Roberts becoming another striker thrown on to test us, with him sending an effort over having out muscled Glen Johnson.

Just after Bentley put sent a long range free kick wide, watched all the way by James with 5 minutes to play Redknapp made another change, Matty Taylor came on for Niko Kranjcar. Right away Taylor got in behind the Blackburn defence but he was denied by an instant goal by a brilliant save from Friedel.

With the match well into the 4 minutes of injury time the final Pompey change was made as Noe Pamarot came on for Utaka, it made little difference and we saw it through.

Match Summary
After 9 months we have finally done it!

Today most would have settled for a point - as we had said - during the week, but 3 points was deserved today after a fine, well organised performance against a very good Blackburn side that we restricted well. The tactics were spot on today, with the players all putting in a very good shift. Although he might not have been the best player Niko Kranjcar put in a great performance, showing that his game has developed, with him willing to sacrifice his offensive duties with his defensive ones.

We had enough chances and should have scored more goals really, but credit cannot be taken away from Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel who made some fantastic saves to keep us at bay.

It is now crucial that we build on this and follow this up with a win over Reading next week - the league cup tie before - and other matches that follow, which I fully believe that we can and will - 13 points out of 18 is what we wanted, 18 out of 18 anyone...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Goals
Blackburn 0
Pompey 1 - Kanu 23

David James
Glen Johnson
Sol Campbell
Sylvain Distin
Hermann Hreidarsson
John Utaka (Noe Pamarot 90)
Sean Davis
Papa Bouba Diop
Sulley Muntari
Niko Kranjcar (Matty Taylor 85)
Kanu (Benjani 78)


Substitutes Not Used
Jamie Ashdown
David Nugent


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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 23 2007

Time: 5:48PM

Your Comments

The world is a better place
paultsmouth
i had almost forgotten what it was like to win away... im sure i will be able to remember how to celebrate tho :) we deserved to win as we had the better chances. we also made a very good side look very ordinary... play up pompey!
pompeyrug
These bottles of Becks are tasting like Premier Cru Champagne :-)
pentonpompey
i bet they are mate - im only on the juice at the moment, but even that is tasting like something stronger... hmm, where is that vodka i saw...
pompeyrug
My tea tastes like tea, sorry
paultsmouth
Jeeze, i'm a happy and relieved bunny, roll on MOTD, i'm gonna enjoy that! that is if the Beeb give us more than our usual 5 mins!! ha ha
pentonpompey
Oh by the way, i have plenty to eat with my champersbecks, it's called HUMBLE PIE!!!!! Kanu's a topper!! my foot!!! what ever was i thinking about?!?! i spent the whole of the pre-season moaning, that'll teach me!!
pentonpompey
with so many matches on today mate i expect we will be the last one on - altho motd2 is pretty good... i will watch either way, then enjoy the extended pfctv highlights tomorrow or the day after.
pompeyrug
tbh i would still have rather seen nuge start this match instead of kanu - but he again did the business didnt he anad played well again in all fairness - 12 goals by xmas please mr kanu then you can swan off to the african nations and nuge will step in and take his chance!
pompeyrug
Yessssssssssssssssssssss!!! Fantastic result. In fairness, I thought we would do well to get a point. I was a bag of jelly until the final whistle. Happy days.
storagematt
Have to agree Storage, that will be one of the best results of the season; regardless! what were they until this week? 15 games unbeaten! Top top result :-)
pentonpompey
Yes nerves jangling until the end. After big four this was back to normal and we had to deliver. We passed the test and up the table we go.
eastneydave
Awsome! how much did we need an away win!!! & now we got it, against a very good team mite I add! I'll sleep well 2nite!
CharlieChimes
11th looks rosy, if we had lost it could of been 4th bottom!
paultsmouth
yep i agree fellas a top result against a top team - i doubt too many will go to ewood and come away with all 3pts as we did. hopefully this will be the spark that i had told someone of the phone yesterday that we would need to kick start our away form... we should now be looking to climb into the top 10 - and more - in the next month or so now shouldnt we...
pompeyrug
I said I had a good feeling about this match. Bloody hell fantastic! I feel ggggggoooooooddddd.
L L Blue
PLAY UP POMPEY, POMPEY PLAY UP. HARRY REDKNAPPS BLUE AND WHITE ARMY! HARRY REDKNAPPS BLUE AND WHITE ARMY! BENJANI OHOHOHOH...etc. thats more than i hoped for, and once again, i got my prediction wrong...i'll have to start predicting more losses!!!
pompeycarpet
Carry on predicting carpet for the rest of the season! :-) :-)
pentonpompey
& the scummers lost at home to mighty Barnsley.
storagematt
there really is a God!
pentonpompey
Oh how far we've come since that last day of the season, when we ad to beat Barnsley to stay in Div 1...3-1 and the rest is history, sweet sweet revenge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pentonpompey
2 minutes onthe end of MOTD!!! what a surprise
pentonpompey
first time ii have flown back from Mancs happy since the wigan game, we should have buried them, boing goes the spring board
russellm
what did i tell you - i knew we would be the last team on motd and also knew we wouldnt get long - both in terms of highlights and analysis... hey ho thank god for pfctv eh!
pompeyrug
Well done guys, in the first 2 0 mins I thought we were gonna win 2/3 - 0 but fair play. As soon as Kanu scored you barely gave us a sniff. Well done and good luck for the rest of the season.
MikeyGamst
cheers mate... it did look dodgy early on and i feared another away beating, but we weathered the early storm and made a very good side look ordinary... good luck to blackburn too, you have a tasty little side that i reckon could push plenty of teams all the way this season and will be in the top 6 for sure - hopefully just behind us!
pompeyrug
i had no idea they would struggle so much without their captain, To be a bit of a party pooper i was really worried that we couldnt finish them off though. Someone else needs to start scoring, we cant rely on grandad forever, and i have just seen davis's dreadfull pass to no one when he should have scored on TV, it looks even worse than at the game. Ditto Diop's miss
russellm
We played well lads, and it was great to see Jammo so underused, they did miss Neilsen as he is a class act. The team loked really strong and Diop and Muntari are a powerful combination and competed with Dunn and Savage, and then Tugay all afternoon. Well done boys, now lets get stuck into Reading, and i am sure the goals will come soon, but not to Sean Davis!!
Owenspompey
BRING IT ON - We won away from Fratton - Excellent result... and Kanu ....... well, he's made me eatmy words ...... well maybe just a few of them ... A what was that 'cap' all about on MOTD & Sky interviews
Chix
kanu loves that big ass cap - those that have pfctv will have seen him wearing it in the interview on their too!
pompeyrug
 

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