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Saturday March 6, 2010 Round 6 Finished Fratton Park

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Portsmouth
    • Birmingham City
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    • 90+4' And there is the whistle! Portsmouth will play at Wembley in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, despite being so close to going out of existence.
    • 90+3' Now the song is 'Wember-lee! Wember-lee!' Pompey surely in the semis now.
    • 90+2' Piquionne central and may go for the hat-trick... instead he slips in Bouba Diop, whose cross-cum-shot is lame.
    • 90+1' Johnson rakes James on the back with his studs as he catches another cross. Ben-Haim doesn't like it - but Jamo tells him to get on with the game.
    • 90' Four minutes to be added on as Pompey lose it in the final third with men over... despite inviting pressure previously, surely they shouldn't be committing four men that high up the pitch in injury-time?
    • 89' James claims a corner to more cheers. City running out of ideas too.
    • 88' 'Que Sera Sera' is the chant going up around the ground, as you might expect.
    • 87' Time running out for McLeish's men. They have lacked a cutting edge in attack, strange given the array of players they have had in the final third.
    • 86' Phillips cannot do anything with the ball in the Pompey box. James falls on to it gratefully.
    • 85' And Portsmouth make their first sub: Papa Bouba Diop on for Webber.
    • 84' City's final change: Craig Gardner on for Larsson.
    • 83' Another corner for City. For all their valiant defending, Pompey are inviting pressure on themselves. The visitors will surely score soon...
    • 82' There are millimetres in it, but it looked to be a goal. Brown goes down the other end and bangs a shot wide.
    • 81' From the resulting corner James makes a save in his bottom corner - and Ridgewell stoops to head in... James claws it away and the ref says it wasn't over the line!
    • 80' Phillips on the edge of the box tips a ball through for Jerome... great last-ditch tackle by Marc Wilson!
    • 79' The match being played in the Portsmouth half now, but City are being kept at bay.
    • 78' Larsson curls a free-kick well over from 25 yards for Brum. Rubbish.
    • 77' James holds a bobbling shot from 25 yards by Phillips.
    • 76' City change: Benitez on for McFadden. Three out-and-out strikers on the pitch for the away team.
    • 75' Hart claims Brown's corner. Some turnaround needed by City now.
    • 74' Almost a third goal for Portsmouth as Brown's first-time drive is deflected just over.
    • 73' As a former Southampton player, he gets some grief. That is four goals in three matches for Piquionne.
    • 72' City change: tactical as veteran striker Phillips replaces Irish midfielder Fahey.
    • 71' The striker broke into the box from an O'Hara pass and teased Hart and a defender once, twice before firing underneath the keeper. Wow.
    • 70' A SECOND FOR PIQUIONNE!
    • 69' Piquionne with another chance straight away - just off target. Good try.
    • 68' A scrappy effort from Piquionne, like the home fans care how it went in... Utaka sort of prodded the ball across goal following a deflected shot and Hart lost it under a challenge from Webber. And the Frenchman was there to finish from two yards - despite being a yard offside from Utaka's prod.
    • 67' THEN OPENING GOAL FOR POMPEY!
    • 66' O'Hara bends a shot towards the far corner, tipped around the post by Hart.
    • 65' The home side looking the more likely now. Brum have been drawn away in every round of this year's competition.
    • 64' Piquionne gets a shot away from the corner of the box as he falls over, a drilled effort held low by Hart.
    • 63' Ferguson was booked for dissent before the set-piece.
    • 62' Another threating position for Piquionne, denied by Johnson at the expense of a corner. But no matter - headed away by Bowyer AGAIN.
    • 61' The game has awoken and the fans are responding to that fact.
    • 60' A chance for Larsson to volley from the right side of the box, just over! He claims a corner as James threw up a hand, but is snubbed by the ref.
    • 59' Piquionne throws himself at an O'Hara ball in and Ferguson is there to clear for City, who were opened up there with Johnson still forward following an attack.
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    • 57' Webber wins a corner for Pompey... again it is poor and cleared easily.
    • 56' An arm is thrown by Hreidarsson while awaiting a free-kick. No yellow card issued by the ref.
    • 55' A lot of play in midfield which comes to nothing.
    • 54' This is not Grant's first Cup quarter-final. His Chelsea side famously lost to Barnsley at Oakwell in the year Pompey lifted the trophy. Chelsea KOd by Tykes
    • 53' Piquionne wanders offside. There is nothing more frustrating for a football fan than that... excepting financial woes, of course.
    • 52' Clever move by Portsmouth, at first on the ground then with a more direct ball following which Piquionne fails to find O'Hara in the area.
    • 51' Sustained spell of pressure, Johnson clearing an Utaka cross at its end.
    • 50' Great scrambling block by Carr as Piquionne sought a volley from close in. Corner kick... and here come the Pompey chimes.
    • 49' Pompey seem up for it in this second period. Of course if the result is a draw, there would be a replay.
    • 48' Larsson told to leave a free-kick to McFadden. Again it is deep, but perfect for Ridgewell who heads back to Bowyer... his volley goes behind. He claims a corner, but ref Bennett awards a goal-kick to Portsmouth.
    • 47' Ben-Haim dinks one over the top which Utaka almost gets to, Hart out quickly to gather for Birmingham.
    • 46' Finnan loses a boot in a tussle with Jerome.
    • 46' The second period begins, City now attacking the goal to our right. No changes at the break.
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    • 45+2' After just over a minute of time added on, the whistle sounds for the break. An anxious first half.
    • 45+1' Utaka tearing in from the left, Pompey's best chance so far... belted over the bar from 20 yards. At least he had a go.
    • 45' Brilliant battling from Tottenham reject O'Hara, just as McFadden threatened to lead a counter-attack over halfway.
    • 44' Still no way through following O'Hara's cross to the far side and Hreidarsson.
    • 43' McFadden unhappy at being penalised for catching Brown late.
    • 42' After a promising start, this is turning into something of a turkey. But you know that the longer it goes on in the second period the more fiery it will become.
    • 41' Corner to Blues. McFadden's kick is again too deep. Do they practise set-pieces at St Andrews?
    • 40' Grant's hardworking side making life difficult for a well set-up Birmingham.
    • 39' A quiet period as Ridgewell does not deliver for City. Birmingham could of course meet his old club Villa in the last four in a super derby, should both progress.
    • 38' On the last two occasions that Fratton Park has hosted a Cup quarter final, Portsmouth have lost 5-1 (v Arsenal in 2003/04) and 4-1 (v Chelsea 1996/97).
    • 37' A ball into the left side of the penalty area by McFadden... Bowyer fails to deliver into its centre from there.
    • 36' Webber with a quick-thinking strike which comes off Roger Johnson and goes out for a throw.
    • 35' The home team seeing more of the ball now.
    • 34' Hreidarsson heads for goal from 20 yards, the ball looping over the far post.
    • 33' O'Hara on the left side of the box wins a corner off visiting right-back Stephen Carr.
    • 32' So who else may be in the last four of the FA Cup after this weekend, and when do they play? FA Cup results and fixtures
    • 31' Portsmouth struggle to create an opportunity for their forward players.
    • 30' Finnan leaps with McFadden and the ball breaks free in the home box... the Scotland striker turns on to it and lashes a shot which the full-back blocks well. He stays down for a moment - it got part of his knackers as well as his upper thigh.
    • 29' Fury in the stands as referee Bennett gets in the way of a through-ball for Webber.
    • 28' Down the right for Portsmouth is Danny Webber, whose low cross is almost met by Piquionne. Again the Frenchman denied by a block.
    • 27' Birmingham are showing snatches of good football, while Pompey are also trying to play it on the ground.
    • 26' Reverse pass from Bowyer for the Scot when there are other options available in and around the box. It doesn't come off.
    • 25' Ferguson wins Brum a throw as neither side seems able to apply pressure.
    • 24' Still the chanting continues. This is the last chance of anything approaching glory this season for Portsmouth.
    • 23' Chief exec Peter Storrie sitting in the stands. Something of a villain all of a sudden, after being lauded by the fans for so long.
    • 22' All the play in midfield at present.
    • 21' Pompey's 'good run' isn't all that good, when you look at their results. But at least they hammered neighbours Southampton. Recent record
    • 20' Home right-back Steve Finnan stops playing for some reason and City almost capitalise. Keith Fahey's pull-back is cleared by Hreidarsson.
    • 19' All good fun in an FA Cup tie. Unless someone is hurt, of course. It has been a competitive game so far.
    • 18' Utaka with a crazy pirouette but his final ball does not measure up. Brown is booked for a late challenge on Bowyer and unfair subsequent demand that he get up, which naturally the controversial Brum man does not take kindly to.
    • 17' A good move by Birmingham, whose deep corner by Larsson is again unconvincing.
    • 16' McFadden flicks for Bowyer, who finds the feet on Jerome on the left inside the box... his low shot to the near post is palmed around by James!
    • 15' Michael Brown bends an interesting ball for Belhadj to chase in the corner. He volleys it across but not with enough power to cause any problems for City.
    • 14' O'Hara in hard on City's Bowyer, who took too much time on the ball in midfield.
    • 13' Cameron Jerome strays offside and when Pompey counter, Utaka almost gets in behind in the box. Solid defending by the Blues.
    • 12' Barry Ferguson directing operations in the away side's midfield. Ferguson puts Scotland future on hold
    • 11' Free-kick for Portsmouth on the left won by Piquionne - it comes to nothing.
    • 10' McFadden into the box, he could get a shot off with his weaker right foot... it is blocked by a sliding Hermann Hreidarsson and goalkeeper James does very well to prevent a corner.
    • 9' The ball comes back again as the team in blue seek to attack - and fail.
    • 8' Cleared by the home side. McLeish's team are building up some pressure from these set-pieces, including throw-ins.
    • 7' Larsson has another chance to cross a dead ball, this time from the right. It is deep and results in a corner after Liam Ridgewell fell over an advertising hoarding and into a bloke in a wheelchair.
    • 6' The chanting continues by the Portsmouth faithful, who must still be blinking with the sudden freefall that has seen the club hauled into court and almost go out of business.
    • 5' It is wasteful, bent beyond any of the attacking players and out for a goal-kick. He has a moan - take responsibility, Seb!
    • 4' Lee Bowyer draws a free-kick 30 yards out on the left. Sebastian Larsson hovers over it...
    • 3' Birmingham, playing in all black, are doing well this season. City results and fixtures
    • 2' Frederic Piquionne wins an early corner as Pompey go for it. City clear comfortably.
    • 1' Snapshot from 30 yards by John Utaka after 15 seconds, held by Joe Hart.
    • 1' Pompey get us underway, kicking from left to right in traditional blue, white and red.
    • - A minute's applause in memory of Keith Alexander, manager of Macclesfield who lost his life last week, begins. Keith Alexander dies
    • - The teams are out and lining up for kick-off. The home fans, who have protested against the situation, are in good voice.
    • - Grant is wary of City: "We are playing a very good team, but we are playing good football ourselves. We know that if we win this then we are one more away from Wembley - when you reach the last eight you want to go on and win it."
    • - Brum boss McLeish: "I think it's easier to say that (we are favourites). We are having good season in the league but Portsmouth are doing well at the moment, Avram's installed a siege mentality and they are on their own patch. It is a massive match for both teams."
    • - Ten minutes to kick-off, with a troupe of Punjabi Dhol drummers circumnavigating the pitch. 'Owner' Balram Chanrai has paid for them out of his own pocket to raise the spirits of the fans.
    • - Have your say about the match in the comments section at the bottom.
    • - Home keeper David James says that faraway FA Cup victory of 2008 crippled the club, due to the nature of the bonuses written into the players' contracts. He isn't saying whether the same could happen this year... what happened to an FA Cup run replenishing a club's coffers?
    • - All is not rosy at opponents Birmingham either, although they are somewhat better off: Blues reveal cost of relegation
    • - If you are a Pompey fan, look away now. Everyone else, have a butcher's at the top five clubs that no longer exist.
    • - All is not well at Fratton Park. The manager is not a happy man: Grant can't commit to Pompey
    • - At 17:20 Fulham face Tottenham Hotspur in the second last-eight match; tomorrow Reading come up against an Aston Villa desperate for a trophy following their Carling Cup final loss and Chelsea host Stoke.
    • - Some delectable match facts for you:
    • - Birmingham have won four of their last five FA Cup ties with Portsmouth.
    • - Portsmouth are unbeaten in their last seven home meetings with Birmingham City, but five of those have been draws.
    • - Three of the last four meetings between these two sides have been won by the team playing at home.
    • - Portsmouth are without the suspended Ricardo Rocha although fellow centre-half Tal Ben-Haim starts despite a groin injury. Right-back Anthony Vanden Borre, forward Tommy Smith and midfielder Aaron Mokoena are out with hamstring, groin and knee injuries respectively, while knee victim Quincy Owusu-Abeyie makes the bench. Kevin Prince-Boateng (ankle) is out longer term. And most importantly Jamie O'Hara has passed a fitness test in midfield.
    • - Birmingham striker James McFadden, who missed Scotland's midweek international with the Czech Republic, starts - leaving Christian Benitez and Kevin Phillips on the bench. Midfielders Teemu Tainio (knee) and Lee Carsley (ankle) are missing for the Blues.
    • - The teams are in:
    • - Portsmouth: James, Finnan, Ben-Haim, Hreidarsson, Belhadj, Brown, Wilson, O'Hara, Webber, Piquionne, Utaka; subs: Ashdown, Mullins, Diop, Owusu-Abeyie, Dindane, Kanu, Basinas.
    • - Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Bowyer, Ferguson, Fahey, McFadden, Jerome; subs: Taylor, Murphy, Phillips, Benitez, Michel, Parnaby, Gardner.
    • - Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)
    • - Welcome to coverage of the first of the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend.
  • Summary

    • 81' From the resulting corner James makes a save in his bottom corner - and Ridgewell stoops to head in... James claws it away and the ref says it wasn't over the line!
    • 80' Phillips on the edge of the box tips a ball through for Jerome... great last-ditch tackle by Marc Wilson!
    • 71' The striker broke into the box from an O'Hara pass and teased Hart and a defender once, twice before firing underneath the keeper. Wow.
    • 70' A SECOND FOR PIQUIONNE!
    • 68' A scrappy effort from Piquionne, like the home fans care how it went in... Utaka sort of prodded the ball across goal following a deflected shot and Hart lost it under a challenge from Webber. And the Frenchman was there to finish from two yards - despite being a yard offside from Utaka's prod.
    • 67' THEN OPENING GOAL FOR POMPEY!
    • 60' A chance for Larsson to volley from the right side of the box, just over! He claims a corner as James threw up a hand, but is snubbed by the ref.
    • 59' Piquionne throws himself at an O'Hara ball in and Ferguson is there to clear for City, who were opened up there with Johnson still forward following an attack.
    • 16' McFadden flicks for Bowyer, who finds the feet on Jerome on the left inside the box... his low shot to the near post is palmed around by James!
    • - Some delectable match facts for you:
    • - The teams are in:
    • - Welcome to coverage of the first of the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • D. James
      • S. Finnan
      • T. Ben-Haim
      • H. Hreidarsson
      • N. Belhadj
      • J. O'Hara
      • M. Wilson
      • M. Brown Yellow Card
      • D. Webber Substitution Out (85′)
      • J. Utaka
      • F. Piquionne Goals×2

      Subs

      • N. Kanu
      • A. Basinas
      • A. Dindane
      • H. Mullins
      • J. Ashdown
      • Q. Owusu-Abeyie
      • P. Diop Substitution In85′
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • S. Carr
      • R. Johnson
      • S. Dann
      • L. Ridgewell
      • L. Bowyer
      • B. Ferguson Yellow Card
      • S. Larsson Substitution Out (84′)
      • K. Fahey Substitution Out (72′)
      • C. Jerome
      • J. McFadden Substitution Out (76′)

      Subs

      • K. Phillips Substitution In72′
      • M. Taylor
      • D. Murphy
      • S. Parnaby
      • C. Gardner Substitution In84′
      • C. Benítez Substitution In76′
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