Saturday April 7, 2012 Day 41 Finished St. Mary's Stadium

Southampton 2 - 2 Portsmouth

  • Sharp 27’, 89’
  • Maguire 36’
  • Norris 90’

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    Time:90'
    • Southampton
    • Portsmouth
    • 90'+6 And there's the final whistle! What an incredible match!! It's ended Southampton 2 Portsmouth 2 as the Saints regain top spot in the Championship!!
    • 90'+5 Oh, and Etuhu has also been booked after that Portsmouth leveller - off the pitch!
    • 90'+5 LALLANA!! Stopped on the line by Ashdown!! What a finish to this Hampshire derby!!
    • 90'+4 We're in the last seconds. Southampton have everyone behind the ball. Rocha knocks it forward, it falls to DAVID NORRIS!! GOAL PORTSMOUTH!! AMAZING!! Norris volleys the ball past Davis from 25 yards and has won Portsmouth a point!! INCREDIBLE!! Siuthampton 2 Portsmouth 2!!
    • 90'+2 It was De Ridder's flicked header that was finished by Sharp who was right on the line. Either way, it's a goal.
    • 90'+1 That's Sharp's last contribution as he makes way for Dan Harding.
    • 90' Looks like the assistant had flagged for offside, but the ref has clearly thought not! And in the confusion there's four minutes of added time.
    • 89' In it comes! SHARP!! It's in the net!! NO!! The assistant has his flag up!! WAIT! The ref is going over to speak to his assistant... HE's GIVEN IT!! Sharp has got his second of the game and it's Southampton 2 Portsmouth 1 Incredible scenes at St Mary's!!
    • 87' Lallana again! Miskicked backpass by Rekik, falls to DE RIDDER, he opts to go backwards and eventually Rocha puts the ball behind for a corner!!
    • 86' Lallana!! Into the box, rounds Ashdown! HE GOES DOWN!! NO PENALTY SAYS THE REF!! Lallana is furious!!
    • 85' We're in the last five minutes. Fonte hasn't scored all season, but that was gilt-edged!
    • 84' Fox delivers, Lambert rises to cushion a header back into the box for FONTE!! Over the bar!! Great chance! Was that THE chance for Southampton?
    • 83' Lallana is at the byline. Halford gets the challenge in. The spinning ball stays in play and Portsmouth can clear. Not for long though, the ref has seen an infringement and that'll be a Saints free-kick.
    • 82' Surely a goal for either side would win this one now?
    • 81' Rocha finds Kitson with a long ball and Kitson wins a free-kick off Cork. Canny play by the Portsmouth man.
    • 80' We're in the last 10 minutes as Danny Fox hits a poor cross that fails to trouble Ashdown in the Pompey goal.
    • 80' Free-kick is launched into the box, Lambert heads it down but De Ridder cant get to that one and it's cleared.
    • 79' Handball against Dave Kitson.
    • 78' Free-kick to Portsmouth. There's a four-man wall in front of Maguire. Takes it! Strikes the wall, it falls back to Maguire and he shoots way over Davis' goal at the second attempt!
    • 77' Allan with the delivery. Fonte heads it away. Sharp tries to latch onto the loose ball but loses out to Norris.
    • 76' Allan comes forward for Portsmouth. Ward runs into trouble. Kitson picks up the loose ball and that'll be a Pompey corner!
    • 75' Richardson trying to lift Saints again. Gets in the cross, headed away by a stalwart Portsmouth defence.
    • 74' Lallana goes down as Cork and Allan indulge in a brief shoving match.
    • 72' Sharp is up and about as a Maguire backpass almost catches out his own defence.
    • 71' It's Kelvin Etuhu who has made way for Kitson.
    • 71' Portsmouth have had the best of the last few minutes. Again it's Varney! This one's too deep and will drift out for a goal-kick. Meanwhile Sharp has taken a knock.
    • 70' In the meantime, Varney hurtles down the byline. Can't get any cross in though and it's going to be a Southampton goal-kick.
    • 69' Sub for Portsmouth. Dave Kitson is on. Not sure who's come off at the moment. Will let you know in a minute.
    • 68' Ref Swarbrick has to sort out some grappling in the box. In the end it comes in, flicked away as far as Etuhu. De Ridder gets it away, but only too Allan. Tries his luck from 40 yards and that's well wide!
    • 67' Varney brings the ball down superbly. Has two Saints defenders in attendance but wins a corner!
    • 66' Michael Appleton agrees and is gesturing for his side to play further up the pitch.
    • 65' Cork is bundled over by Allan. No foul and Allan can come away with the ball. There's no one in front of him though. Portsmouth are packing their defence but it doesn't give them any outlet up front!
    • 63' De Ridder is into the action. Twists and turns taking on Greg Halford, but the Portsmouth man stands firm.
    • 62' Luke Varney tries an audacious chip from distance. That sails into the Portsmouth fans behind Kelvin Davis' goal.
    • 61' Lambert almost gets away on goal but the flag is up!
    • 60' Sub for Saints with an hour remaining. Guly Do Prado makes way for Steve De Ridder.
    • 59' Corner now for Portsmouth! It bounces around before being finally cleared!
    • 58' In it comes!! FONTE!! This header from six yards out is tipped over the bar by Ashdown!! This is better from Saints!! Two excellent chances in the space of minutes!!
    • 57' And that's quickly followed by another from Fox. Headed out as far as LALLANA!! Great volley and equally great save from Ashdown!! That's another corner!!
    • 56' There's some tension around St Mary's now. Meanwhile, Sharp tries to lift things. Gets in the cross and Rocha puts it behind for a corner.
    • 55' Good run by Allan. The Scot drives all the way into the Saints area but runs out of steam and is eventually dispossessed.
    • 54' Hammond down the left. There's a wall of blue shirts in front of him. Gets the cross into a crowded area looking for Lalllana. Good take by Ashdown.
    • 52' Etuhu with a cross for Portsmouth. Headed away and Lallana can latch on to the loose ball. Fox lumps the ball forward and that's a waste. No one within a mile of that one.
    • 51' Do Prado chases a ball over the top, but that's a lost cause.
    • 50' Ward and Allan link up well. Lallana pressures and Pompey are forced backwards.
    • 49' Lambert drives forward. Halted illegally by Rekik. In comes the free-kick. Way too deep and that'll be a Portsmouth goal-kick.
    • 48' Halford for Portsmouth. Needs Ward to help him out under pressure. Ward steers the ball back to Ashdown who'll clear his lines.
    • 47' MAGUIRE!! Past the post!! Almost a perfect restart for Pompey!! Luke Varney cuts back the ball to the waiting Maguire who really should have scored!! Saints caught napping and should be trailing!
    • 46' And we're back underway! No changes at the break.
    • - The teams are back on the pitch for the second half.
    • 45'+3 Etuhu tries to set up Norris, Fox gets his boot to it to divert it behind but that's the last action of the half as ref Swarbrick blows the half-time whistle! It's Southampton 1-1 Portsmouth at the break, but plenty more to come!
    • 45'+2 Fox delivers yet another free-kick, too much on it though and it bounces off the lurking Hooiveld's head and behind for a Portsmouth goal-kick.
    • 45'+1 Corner comes to nothing as the fourth official signals three added minutes.
    • 45' And it's not over yet! Lambert feeds Do Prado! The angle's narrow , GOES FOR GOAL!! Ashdown pushes it behind for another Saints corner!
    • 44' We're in the last minute of the half. What a derby this has been so far!
    • 42' In it comes! Finds LALLANA!!! Volleys narrowly wide with Hooiveld inches away from making a connection as the ball flashes past!!
    • 41' LAMBERT!! Great strike!! Ashdown can only palm the fizzing free-kick into the air and Rocha has to head it behind for a corner!
    • 40' Southampton are grumbling about that challenge but it's Portsmouth with their tails up at the moment. Richardson though grasps the nettle and sends in a teasing cross. And they've won a free-kick!
    • 38' Etuhu has it for a buzzing Pompey. It's with Maguire again, ball comes off Hooiveld and that's a nasty challenge by Karim Rekik on the Dutchman. No card this time though!
    • 37' That has stunned the St Mary's crowd and no wonder!! Maguire found the perfect spot between post and bar to beat Davis, but no one could have expected him to shoot from there! Stunning goal!
    • 36' WHAT A STRIKE!! Chris Maguire whips down the flank and out of nothing thunders the ball past the amazed Kelvin Davis into the net!! That's a brilliant goal and it brings Portsmouth level!! Southampton 1 Portsmouth 1!!
    • 35' We're in the last 10 minutes of the half. It's Southampton 1 Portsmouth 0.
    • 34' Lallana hits the deck under Allan's challenge and that'll be another yellow card! Scott Allan the latest in the book!
    • 33' Straight down the other end! Norris with the cross, headed away by the giant frame of Hooiveld.
    • 32' Lambert's cross is knocked away by Rocha, falls To LALLANA! Blocked, comes back to SHARP!! Straight at a grateful Ashdown!!
    • 31' It's the St Mary's faithful singing at the moment. And who can blame them? As it stands they're back at the Championship summit!
    • 30' Etuhu tries to get his side back into this. Finds Ward on the overlap, great delivery! Fonte just can't get enough on it and it's out for a Saints goal-kick.
    • 28' That's a body blow for Portsmouth - although Sharp has been booked for his celebration!
    • 27' In the meantime, Southampton have a corner. In it comes, Lambert heads it back into the box! SHARP!! GOAL SAINTS!! Sharp nips between two blue shorts and shoots right-footed to beat Ashdown to his right! Southampton 1 Portsmouth 0!!
    • 26' Yellow card to Rocha and it looks like Allan has got away with the challenge on Fonte.
    • 25' There's a clash between Fonte and Scott Allan ands Rocha angrily smacks the ball away in a fit of pique! Ref Swarbrick is chatting to his assistant.
    • 24' Lallana to Lambert, chips the ball into the area and Sharp completely miskicks it!
    • 23' Hooiveld taps the ball back to his keeper and Davis thumps it deep into Pompey territory. Rocha controls it on his chest in his own area, Sharp hassles him and Rocha has to knock the ball into touch!
    • 22' We're halfway through the first period and it's been a great match so far! Absolutely flown past!
    • 20' Fox now with another effort from 30 yards! That one's closer and flies just over Ashdown's bar! Saints have certainly opted for a shoot on sight policy here!
    • 19' Straight at the other end, Do Prado tries a shot from distance. Long distance actually! 45 yards out and Ashdown will watch that one disappear into the crowd.
    • 18' ETUHU!! Great strike from the edge of the box and Kelvin Davis pulls off a good save to deny the Portsmouth man! It's still loose! Hooiveld gets a block in and eventually it's cleared! Best chance of the game!
    • 17' Won back by Southampton. FOX!! That's waaay over the Portsmouth bar and into the crowd.
    • 16' Lallana takes it. Way too much on that one and it's out on the other side for a Pompey throw.
    • 15' Hammond and Lambert linking up. Lambert thinks about the shot from some 40 yards, but wisely opts for Danny Fox on the outside and Fox wins the corner.
    • 14' Throw for Pompey and a chance to get some relief. Etuhu has it. Turns and sends in a deep cross. Norris makes a move but Fonte gets there first to head it away.
    • 13' In it comes! Jos Hooiveld goes in on Ashdown who fumbles but gathers at the second attempt!
    • 12' Foul by Ricardo Rocha on Sharp and it'll be a Saints free-kick.
    • 11' Richardson plays another ball for Sharp to race onto. Too much on that one though and Jamie Ashdown will collect in the Pompey goal.
    • 10' No denying it's been a breathless start to the match as Dean Hammond sends in a superb pass to Frazer Richardson. The defender hangs up a great cross but Billy Sharp just can't get ti it. Good Saints move!
    • 8' There's the change. Cork is on and the luckless Schneiderlin is off!
    • 7' Schneiderlin is continuing for the moment and now Maguire leaves his foot in on Jose Fonte who reacts angrily. Yellow card for Maguire!
    • 6' Play has stopped for the moment. No change yet though as Nigel Adkins looks on.
    • 5' This looks bad. Jack Cork is warming up and I don't think Morgan Schneiderlin can continue!
    • 4' Another hefty challenge from Schneiderlin, that's a fair one, but the Southampton man has stayed down.
    • 3' Chris Maguire lines it up! Tries his luck and that sails high and wide to jeers from the Saints faithful!
    • 2' And again Lallana goes down, again no foul, David Norris races away, Morgan Schneiderlin halts him illegally and that's the first yellow card of the day!
    • 1' Adam Lallana hits the deck early. No foul says the ref.
    • 1' We're underway in the Hampshire derby!
    • 12:59 Our ref today is Neil Swarbrick. He may have his hands full today!
    • 12:58 And here they come! Southampton in their traditional red and white stripes and black shorts, Portsmouth in blue top and white shorts.
    • 12:55 We're still waiting for the teams to emerge as the atmosphere builds.
    • 12:50 Worth remembering though that Pompey's last match at St Mary's ended in an emphatic 4-1 victory for the Blues. The FA Cup 5th Round match saw Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Aruna Dindane, Nadir Belhadj and Jamie O'Hara all hit the back of the Saints' net en-route to the final!
    • 12:49 Both top scorers are on the pitch today. Rickie Lambert and David Norris. It's fair to say the Saints man has the advantage though. Lambert has found the net 28 times this season to Norris' seven.
    • 12:40 And two changes for the Blues. Michael Appleton brings in Ricardo Rocha and Kelvin Etuhu following injuries to George Thorne and Tai Ben Haim.
    • 12:37 So Saints boss Nigel Adkins restores Rickie Lambert, Dean Hammond and Frazer Richardson to the starting XI, Jack Cork drops to the bench and Richard Chaplow misses out.
    • 12:33 And the teams are in! SOUTHAMPTON: Davis, Richardson, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Do Prado, Hammond, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Sharp, Lambert. Subs: Harding, Cork, Barnard, Martin, De Ridder. /// PORTSMOUTH: Ashdown, Ward, Rocha, Pearce, Rekik, Etuhu, Halford, Allan, Norris, Maguire, Varney. Subs: Futacs, Harris, Kitson, Scapuzzi, Magri. Southampton v Portsmouth
    • 12:29 Southampton have the historical advantage. They've won 19 of the 38 south coast derbies, Portsmouth have taken the points in nine and nine have ended in draws.
    • 12:25 But this is certainly no forgone conclusion. December's match at Fratton Park ended in a 1-1 draw. Rickie Lambert gave Saints the lead on 63 minutes, but Joel Ward rescued a point for Pompey with six minutes remaining.
    • 12:22 There's less than 20 miles between these clubs, but a gulf in footballing terms. Saints are looking to regain top spot as they bid to retake their place in the Premier League, while Portsmouth are battling not just to stay in the Championship, but for their very survival.
    • 12:20 So, to Southampton v Portsmouth, which promises to be a blood and thunder derby.
  • Summary

    • 90'+5 LALLANA!! Stopped on the line by Ashdown!! What a finish to this Hampshire derby!!
    • 90'+4 We're in the last seconds. Southampton have everyone behind the ball. Rocha knocks it forward, it falls to DAVID NORRIS!! GOAL PORTSMOUTH!! AMAZING!! Norris volleys the ball past Davis from 25 yards and has won Portsmouth a point!! INCREDIBLE!! Siuthampton 2 Portsmouth 2!!
    • 90'+1 That's Sharp's last contribution as he makes way for Dan Harding.
    • 90' Looks like the assistant had flagged for offside, but the ref has clearly thought not! And in the confusion there's four minutes of added time.
    • 89' In it comes! SHARP!! It's in the net!! NO!! The assistant has his flag up!! WAIT! The ref is going over to speak to his assistant... HE's GIVEN IT!! Sharp has got his second of the game and it's Southampton 2 Portsmouth 1 Incredible scenes at St Mary's!!
    • 87' Lallana again! Miskicked backpass by Rekik, falls to DE RIDDER, he opts to go backwards and eventually Rocha puts the ball behind for a corner!!
    • 86' Lallana!! Into the box, rounds Ashdown! HE GOES DOWN!! NO PENALTY SAYS THE REF!! Lallana is furious!!
    • 84' Fox delivers, Lambert rises to cushion a header back into the box for FONTE!! Over the bar!! Great chance! Was that THE chance for Southampton?
    • 78' Free-kick to Portsmouth. There's a four-man wall in front of Maguire. Takes it! Strikes the wall, it falls back to Maguire and he shoots way over Davis' goal at the second attempt!
    • 68' Ref Swarbrick has to sort out some grappling in the box. In the end it comes in, flicked away as far as Etuhu. De Ridder gets it away, but only too Allan. Tries his luck from 40 yards and that's well wide!
    • 62' Luke Varney tries an audacious chip from distance. That sails into the Portsmouth fans behind Kelvin Davis' goal.
    • 58' In it comes!! FONTE!! This header from six yards out is tipped over the bar by Ashdown!! This is better from Saints!! Two excellent chances in the space of minutes!!
    • 57' And that's quickly followed by another from Fox. Headed out as far as LALLANA!! Great volley and equally great save from Ashdown!! That's another corner!!
    • 47' MAGUIRE!! Past the post!! Almost a perfect restart for Pompey!! Luke Varney cuts back the ball to the waiting Maguire who really should have scored!! Saints caught napping and should be trailing!
    • 45' And it's not over yet! Lambert feeds Do Prado! The angle's narrow , GOES FOR GOAL!! Ashdown pushes it behind for another Saints corner!
    • 42' In it comes! Finds LALLANA!!! Volleys narrowly wide with Hooiveld inches away from making a connection as the ball flashes past!!
    • 41' LAMBERT!! Great strike!! Ashdown can only palm the fizzing free-kick into the air and Rocha has to head it behind for a corner!
    • 36' WHAT A STRIKE!! Chris Maguire whips down the flank and out of nothing thunders the ball past the amazed Kelvin Davis into the net!! That's a brilliant goal and it brings Portsmouth level!! Southampton 1 Portsmouth 1!!
    • 30' Etuhu tries to get his side back into this. Finds Ward on the overlap, great delivery! Fonte just can't get enough on it and it's out for a Saints goal-kick.
    • 27' In the meantime, Southampton have a corner. In it comes, Lambert heads it back into the box! SHARP!! GOAL SAINTS!! Sharp nips between two blue shorts and shoots right-footed to beat Ashdown to his right! Southampton 1 Portsmouth 0!!
    • 24' Lallana to Lambert, chips the ball into the area and Sharp completely miskicks it!
    • 20' Fox now with another effort from 30 yards! That one's closer and flies just over Ashdown's bar! Saints have certainly opted for a shoot on sight policy here!
    • 19' Straight at the other end, Do Prado tries a shot from distance. Long distance actually! 45 yards out and Ashdown will watch that one disappear into the crowd.
    • 18' ETUHU!! Great strike from the edge of the box and Kelvin Davis pulls off a good save to deny the Portsmouth man! It's still loose! Hooiveld gets a block in and eventually it's cleared! Best chance of the game!
    • 17' Won back by Southampton. FOX!! That's waaay over the Portsmouth bar and into the crowd.
    • 13' In it comes! Jos Hooiveld goes in on Ashdown who fumbles but gathers at the second attempt!
    • 10' No denying it's been a breathless start to the match as Dean Hammond sends in a superb pass to Frazer Richardson. The defender hangs up a great cross but Billy Sharp just can't get ti it. Good Saints move!
    • 12:58 And here they come! Southampton in their traditional red and white stripes and black shorts, Portsmouth in blue top and white shorts.
    • 12:33 And the teams are in! SOUTHAMPTON: Davis, Richardson, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Do Prado, Hammond, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Sharp, Lambert. Subs: Harding, Cork, Barnard, Martin, De Ridder. /// PORTSMOUTH: Ashdown, Ward, Rocha, Pearce, Rekik, Etuhu, Halford, Allan, Norris, Maguire, Varney. Subs: Futacs, Harris, Kitson, Scapuzzi, Magri. Southampton v Portsmouth

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  1. Watch out Saints cos Friday the 13th is gonna be your­ unlucky day ... Come On The Royalsssssssssssssssssss :)

    From Dave, on Sun Apr 8 5:44
  2. hello southampton fans your all said this match easy­ win how can win and no more win

    From , on Sat Apr 7 14:07
  3. re # 2 C**ts are usefull - J.W. well .... filthy­ inbread .... enough said

    From Tom Cat, on Sat Apr 7 12:49
  4. Oct 2008 : Manchester City 6-0 Porstmouth

    From seria, on Sat Apr 7 10:27
  5. ha ha ha southampton can no beat my team ha ha ha

    From , on Sat Apr 7 7:54
  6. Well done POMPEY you have done us all proud here at­ Reading FC :)

    From Dave, on Sat Apr 7 7:32
  7. well that's the last derby with skates for long­ time, come on Bristol city sink the dirty skates

    From Gjm, on Sat Apr 7 7:06
  8. @Luke...probably poor form mate...the lad hasn't­ played since January...according to reports Qatar's­ Al Arabi have contacted him over a move in the summer.

    From Dan, on Sat Apr 7 6:56
  9. Go on scummers, finish the skate shyte off !!!

    From Wizard's Sleeve, on Sat Apr 7 6:52
  10. THERE YOU ARE -----CHEATING B............

    From uglytroll, on Sat Apr 7 6:51
  11. THERE YOU ARE -----CHEATING B............

    From uglytroll, on Sat Apr 7 6:51
  12. Come on Ricky...........

    From Ellis, on Sat Apr 7 6:46
  13. Come On Saints PLEASE get a goal (or­ two)!!!!!............

    From Ellis, on Sat Apr 7 6:42
  14. @Dan: So why isn't he even on the bench? An injury­ or poor form?

    From Luke, on Sat Apr 7 6:11
  15. COME ON SAINTS........

    From Ellis, on Sat Apr 7 6:10
  16. Where's Kate with her "great pompy­ history"?

    From Simonsays, on Sat Apr 7 5:55
  17. Come on Portsmouth! COYI!!!

    From COYI, on Sat Apr 7 5:40
  18. Guess who's going up (Saints) and guess who's­ going down..... PORTMOUTH!!!!!!!!! Have a good time in­ League 1 suckers. I can't believe all these people­ support portmouth, they are rubbish

    From alex, on Sat Apr 7 5:39
  19. @ Luke...Kanu is still playing at Portsmouth..cheer­ mate.

    From Dan, on Sat Apr 7 5:37
  20. 1-0 come on saints !!!

    From Rebecca, on Sat Apr 7 5:31
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