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Birmingham 0 - Pompey 2

St Andrews

Sat 24-11-07, 3pm

Attendance: 22089

Birmingham 0-2 Pompey

After the international break the real stuff returned as we travelled to St Andrews looking to maintain our fine form, particularly away from home.

Other than the one enforced change as Kanu had not recovered from injury - Papa Bouba Diop returned after suspension - Pompey were unchanged.

A goal in either half, one from Sulley Muntari - a shot that should never have been allowed to go in, the other from Niko Kranjcar - with a fantastic free kick, saw us to a 2-0 win.

The Match
The opening 15 minutes or so were exactly as Pompey would have wanted, Birmingham were kept quiet with no real chances given them, whereas Pompey playing it around nicely with possession kept well.

Niko Kranjcar forced Richard Kingson into the games first save - a 30 yard drive well turned around for a corner.

David James was soon forced into his first save too, getting down to save very well from Mikael Forssell, he then quickly set off a counter attack but despite good skills from Kranjcar nothing came of it.

After 33 minutes following good work from Benjani he passed to Sulley Muntari he shot and Kingson did a 'Scott Carson' and let a routine shot slip beneath him.

Birmingham responded well and put us under pressure, but we held firm, with James saving from Mehdi Nafti.

The 2nd half started brightly for both sides and Pompey could have gone further ahead. John Utaka and Noe Pamarot could not decide between them who was going to shoot, with it eventually being Pamarot, but his shot was saved.

A good Birmingham break saw Olivier Kapo get in but James was quickly out to smoother, once again another quick Pompey break was started as a result but Utaka could not hit the target.

After Benjani was denied by a good save from Kingson, an almost certain goal was denied him as Utaka failed to roll the ball across to him with him waiting unmarked.

Benjani was again denied by Kingson as he followed up Muntari's free kick which had come off the wall, with Kranjcar next denied by Kingson - again from range.

Birmingham were crying out for a penalty when Pamarot challenged Liam Ridgewell who looked odds on to score, but rightly this was not given, as it was a fantastic challenge - following up Forssell was denied by a combination of Sol Campbell and Glen Johnson.

With the final 10 minutes approaching Birmingham were levelů or so they thought. Ridgewell put the ball in the net but the goal was ruled out for offside.

With 10 minutes to play Utaka was taken off with Matty Taylor coming on. 1 minute later Pompey were soon 2-0 up when Kranjcar scored a cracking 30 yard free kick, up and over the wall and into the net giving Kingson - let alone any other keeper - any chance.

Johan Djourou headed over the bar and Muntari shot wide from distance as we saw out the time to win again.

Match Summary
We went to Birmingham and got the job done, waited for the moment, bided our time and came away with another 3pts.

Sulley Muntari should never have been allowed to score, but this goal gave us the lead and from that moment in there only looked like being one winner, Niko Kranjcar confirmed this with a cracking free kick.

Next weekend we face Everton - who won 7-1 today - by that time it will be almost 3 months unbeaten in the league and 9 months in total in the league at Fortress Fratton - roll on next week!

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Goals
Birmingham 0
Pompey 2 - Sulley Muntari 33, Niko Kranjcar 81

David James
Glen Johnson
Sol Campbell
Sylvain Distin
Noe Pamarot
John Utaka (Matty Taylor 81)
Sean Davis
Sulley Muntari
Niko Kranjcar
Papa Bouba Diop
Benjani


Substitutes Not Used
Jamie Ashdown
Pedro Mendes
David Nugent
Hermann Hreidarsson


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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 24 2007

Time: 5:10PM

Your Comments

Fantastic!! I told you all we had a bad record at Brum. Fact. Now we have a great side. Fact.
eastneydave
At least we won't hear too much about the 5-0 drubbing from a couple of years back now...! How many away wins on the trot is that now? Six? Top notch!
Tantona
Oh ny god I can't believe it, we've never been this good away from home!
tracyc
our best away run since 1980 apparently!
paultsmouth
Wey heeeeeeeeey!! Got closer with my prediction this week, had us to win 1-0, but who cares, thats fantastic, lets hope that we continue against Everton at home!
pompey4me
oh, it was away?! from the noise of the supporters, i would have thoughtit was a hme game! a great result, and thats unbeaton in 9 games...not bad eh?
pompeycarpet
a new premier league record for unbeaten games set for pompey now... i never for one minute doubted that we would win this - so okay maybe my 4-0 was abit much, but im just happy with another win! 'the landlord' is back in next weekend for everton and we all know what happened when i was in town with graham, geoff and my brother when we played reading!
pompeyrug
really rug?? I cant help it but I still get myself in the "we lose away" thinking & was worried after the last time we got a bit of a wooping! but, to my delight, the boys pull it out again!!!! may it never end!!!! :):):) Stelling fr England manager!!!!
CharlieChimes
Just got back from the game, we were superb from Jammo to Sulley, well played Pompey we are now a team to be feared by all. I am really proud of the team and the management. Who cares that Everton got seven we will score one more. Play up Pompey
Owenspompey
Bloody fantastic, what a superb birthday present for me...ok it's Monday, but it's close enough for me...Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!
pentonpompey
Brill, just bloody brill. 5 away wins on the spin in the Premier, enjoy the fantastic ride chaps. Toughies next month so needed the max today.
storagematt
sheer briliance, Birmingham had no chance,
whitestones
Everton smashing 7 will work in our favour, mark my words, they will turn up next week feeling confident, and be the first team to attack us at home for weeks, this will play into our counter-attack style
paultsmouth
everton won agaisnt a side that hasnt looked good since the opening day (like derby) - big deal. portsmouth won away agaisnt a side...that still dont look good...but the review in the telegraph really summed it up "the most surprising thing about the first goal was that it took so long" - we should have won by more, and birmingham were lucky to still be in it by half time.
pompeycarpet
Having now seen Niko's goal wow. Pity MOTD didn't repeat it..no surprise there then eh!
eastneydave
I wonder if any other Premier League side has won 5 away on the trot, it certainly is a difficult ask, even for the likes of Man Utd. I guess our next one won't come easy either as we head back to Brum to take on the VILLA. Funny thing happened to me the other day at a service station. A guy came up to me seeing my car number plate (POMPEY) and pointed to his own (VILLA). The only other one I have seen in Sydney til then was SPURS.
pompeygray
Krunchies goal was something else wasn't it ..must be a contender for goal of the season it just flew in .. keeper has no chance - What a week he has had.. Pompey are flying at the mo but as we've said December is gonna be hard ...
Chix
6 games in december, and only one leaps out as being easily winable. spurs look like impoving, villa are constantly mpresive, everton have just overttaken us in the goals scored table after an impresive 7-1 win, liverpool are never easy, it is going to be a long month...
pompeycarpet
sunderland were terrible defensively, so if they give us the same level of defending then we would beat them by an even greater margain... at least 4 of everton's goals were down to long balls that travelled more than 50 yards without a defender in sight... i reckon we will beat everton, at least draw with villa, beat spurs, take a point at liverpool, at least draw - maybe beat - arsenal at home then spank boro to end the year... i think its going to be another very interesting month.
pompeyrug
once again, anything could happen - it looks tough though...
pompeycarpet
but then again, we have kept a clean sheet in half our matches so far, and the ones we didnt, arsnal we were out played, newcastle were lucky, reading was mad, derby was crazy!!!, man u was man u, bolton were lucky...and then you have to say, we have kept clean sheets in 7 of our last 9 games...not bad really!!!
pompeycarpet
our form is title winning form isnt it :-) our defensive form is most certainly european place form :-)
pompeyrug
Bravo Niko... We are together again, now qualification for World cup... Bilic not happy, me too.. We have lucky becouse you are in bad shape, but you are one of the strongest team in the world with fantastic players but with poore manager...Good luck
andycroat28
Krunchie is on fire at the moment isn't he! Bet he's laughing about the world cup draw. Fantastic strike.
tracyc
it was a crackin' strike and he knew it didnt he - you could see it written all over his face! i dont care who the keeper was, they werent saving that one... yep, interesting that england are in the croatian group again - i wouldnt expect england to falter again tho... could croatia become our new 'poland' - as we always seemed to be put in groups with them in the past didnt we.
pompeyrug
That draw was just inevitable wasn't it! At the moment we're all feeling a bit shell shocked (well except Andycroat obviously) and low on confidence, but hopefully when the right man comes in for England and sorts them out we'll get our sweet revenge. Although we might need Krunchy to be suspended for that match. (Not injured - don't want him injured).
tracyc
yep, we never want him injured - suspened for croatia against england is fine, but never injured...
pompeyrug
ok, than on the left will be play Luka Modric, his natural place...that is worse for you..ha ha.. we will see, but that will be two great clash between two good teams thats for sure.....
andycroat28
 

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