Saturday August 18, 2007 Day 3 Finished Fratton Park

Portsmouth 3 - 1 Bolton Wanderers

  • Kanu 16’
  • Utaka 30’
  • Taylor 88’ (pen.)
  • Anelka 12’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Portsmouth
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • 90' It's all over! Easy for Portsmouth in the end, and Bolton's desperate start to the season continues. Stay with us for five more games at 3pm...
    • 90+2' A tremendous ovation for Kanu, who makes way for Arnold Mvuemba.
    • 90' Four minutes of added time to be played.
    • 88' GOAL! Matthew Taylor sends Jaaskelainen the wrong way and the points are safe for Pompey!
    • 87' Penalty! A miserable day for Cid is completed as he brings down Kanu and the referee points to the spot.
    • 86' Heidar Helguson gets a brief run-out as Bolton chase the game. He replaces Nicky Hunt.
    • 84' Nugent is let through by some more Bolton defensive confusion, but is clearly lacking confidence as he neglects to shoot, instead playing the ball back to Utaka, who blazes into the crowd.
    • 83' Harry Redknapp stiffens up his defence, bringing on Martin Cranie for Gary O'Neil.
    • 79' Bolton corner to be taken by Diouf... the Senegalese forward is furious about something - it's not clear what. In any case, he plays a 1-2 from the corner, then nicks the ball past his man and finds Anelka in the box, whose control lets him down for once.
    • 77' Anelka races through the left channel and had Diouf in the middle, but his cross is cut out.
    • 74' Nugent gets on the end of a Utaka cross but his downward effort bounces wide of Jaaskelainen's right post.
    • 73' David Nugent comes off the bench, with Benjani making way.
    • 69' J'Lloyd Samuel crosses towards the back stick... in fact a long way over the back stick and into the crowd.
    • 66' Gary O'Neil has been in the wars somewhat, and now he is upended by Gary Speed. A yellow card for the Welsh veteran.
    • 63' Without wanting to labour the point about Gerald Cid being rubbish, he is getting run ragged here. Benjani has him tied up in knots, and the poor lad really needs taking off.
    • 59' Bolton have a throw deep in the Portsmouth half. Played short then crossed from the left for SPEED!! Meets it with a powerful header and James makes an acrobatic save, holding on to the ball too.
    • 56' Bolton skipper Kevin Nolan is brought off for Norwegian striker Daniel Braaten. Nolan does not look best pleased with that decision, and hands the armband to Gary Speed.
    • 54' That's a high foot by Diouf on O'Neil, but the referee sees nothing wrong with it. A few odd decisions from Mr Tanner this afternoon.
    • 53' Utaka! Smashes a low shot first-time but it is straight at Jaaskelainen. You can't afford to give him that sort of space.
    • 51' Anelka knocks the ball down for Nolan, but the midfielder cannot make his mind up what to do with it and runs into a defender.
    • 48' Bolton win a corner on the right side, Diouf to take it. Anelka collects it deep on the left side of the box and finds Speed. He lays off to Diouf who gives the ball away.
    • 46' Back under way at Fratton Park. Will Sammy Lee change his side's approach? Let's find out...
    • 46' Bolton make a half-time change - Christian Wilhelmsson for Andranik Teymourian.
    • 45+2' That's half-time and Portsmouth are very much in command. At the moment it looks like Bolton's best hope is just to give the ball to Anelka and hope he does something spectacular.
    • 45' Two minutes of stoppage time will be played and Bolton will lump a free-kick forward trying to level before the break. It comes to nothing.
    • 41' Portsmouth are happy to invite Bolton onto them and then hit back on the break. They have got such pace going forward with Benjani and Utaka, the visitors cannot cope.
    • 38' Anelka! From nowhere, the Frenchman fires off a volley that whistles just wide of the right-hand post.
    • 37' Benjani set clear through the centre. He is racing Cid to the ball, and the defender brings the forward down, making little or no contact! No free-kick, says referee Tanner, but Cid surely fouled his man there and on another day it could have been a red card. A massive let-off for the visitors.
    • 34' Great save Jaaskelainen. A half-cleared free-kick drops for Benjani, whose low left-footed strike tests the reflexes of Bolton's Finnish keeper. Portsmouth completely in charge now.
    • 33' What a start John Utaka has made at Portsmouth. He scored on his debut, and showed such composure to take the ball round Jaaskelainen then. He looks a great signing, even for a club record fee. Nicky Hunt is booked for a foul on the Nigerian.
    • 30' GOAL!!! Portsmouth in front with a tremendous goal on the counter-attack! Kanu releases fellow Nigerian John Utaka with an incisive ball, and Utaka races through, rounds Jaaskelainen and finishes into the empty net. Superb!
    • 29' Hreidarsson is back on and looks reasonably comfortable. Martin Cranie would be the man to come off the bench if necessary.
    • 26' Bolton play on with a Portsmouth player down 'injured' - teams have been instructed to do this by the Premier League. It was Hreidarsson down, and there are a few nervous faces on the Portsmouth bench as the Icelandic international hobbles to the touchline.
    • 24' Confusion at the back for Bolton and once again Gerald Cid is at the heart of it. He inadvertently touches the ball away from Jaaskelainen and Benjani nearly steals in, but eventually the visitors recover their composure.
    • 22' Bolton are certainly playing better than at any point in their first two games, but for all their adventurous attacking they just don't have the same defensive solidity they did under Sam Allardyce.
    • 18' A Bolton corner is cleared unconvincingly by James and Andranik fires in a follow-up. It takes a touch off Richard Hughes but James saves with his legs.
    • 16' GOAL!! This time Pompey are level! Nwankwo finishes from close range after Utaka knocks down a Gary O'Neil cross! But Bolton are furious because Hreidarsson appeared to foul Anelka at the start of the move...
    • 14' Kanu puts the ball in the net, heading home from a corner. But referee Steve Tanner says there was a foul in the Bolton box. If it was, it was a marginal infringement. Pompey can count themselves unlucky.
    • 12' GOAL!!! Nicolas Anelka gives Bolton the lead from nothing! Traore plays a terrible ball towards Hreidarsson, but Anelka seizes it, raced into the left side of the box and fires past James left-footed!
    • 8' Gerald Cid has made an unsure start to life in the Premiership, and again he looks nervous, needlessly giving a way a corner. Davis's delivery is caught by Jaaskelainen.
    • 6' Pompey start with more confidence, and it's hardly surprising. The rain falling more heavily now.
    • 3' Mikel Alonso tries a long-range volley, dragging it just wide. His brother Xabi is certainly good at those 30-yarders. Mikel off target on this occasion.
    • 2' Light rain is falling on the south coast. Nothing too bad, really. If anything, it may improve the quality of the game, making the ball zip around along the floor.
    • 1' We're under way! Both sides are in their 'home' kit, and it is the white-clad Andranik Teymourian who delivers the first cross - he booms it straight out for a goal kick.
    • - Pompey field an unorthodox back four - they are all left-footed. Matthew Taylor, Sylvain Distin, Hermann Hreidarsson and Dkimi Traore...
    • - Welcome to Portmsouth v Bolton from Fratton Park. Pompey have made a decent start and are fresh from a pulsating 1-1 with Manchester United. Bolton, however, need a point with manager Sammy Lee struggling to assert himself.
  • Team Stats

    Portsmouth Stats Bolton Wanderers
    44% Possession 55%
    12 Shots 8
    5 Shots on target 3
    0 Saves 0
    10 Corners 6
    11 Fouls 13
    10 Offsides 4
    0 Yellow cards 2
    0 Red cards 0
    35 Tackles 19
    191 Accurate passes 236
    64 Bad passes 67
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • Portsmouth
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      1 David James 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0
      15 Sylvain Distin 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 3 2
      14 Matthew Taylor 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 25 20 4
      6 Djimi Traore 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 17 0 3
      7 Hermann Hreidarsson 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 2 1
      17 John Utaka 1 3 2 0 2 0 1 20 9 2
      22 Richard Hughes 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 21 11 8
      28 Sean Davis 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 24 2 4
      26 Gary O'Neil 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 23 2 3
      25 Benjamin Mwaruwari 0 2 1 2 1 4 0 14 3 1
      27 Nwankwo Kanu 1 1 1 3 2 3 1 21 8 5
      20 Martin Cranie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1
      18 Arnold Mvuemba 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      10 David Nugent 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 1
      24 Richard Duffy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      21 Jamie Ashdown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    • Bolton Wanderers
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      22 Jussi Jaaskelainen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1 0
      5 Abdoulaye Meite 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 25 0 3
      3 Jlloyd Samuel 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 20 14 1
      2 Nicky Hunt 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 10 1 1
      15 Gérald Cid 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 23 6 2
      4 Kevin Nolan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 2
      6 Gary Speed 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 30 13 3
      16 Andranik Teymourian 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 11 1 0
      18 Mikel Alonso Mikel Alonso 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 35 4 3
      39 Nicolas Anelka 1 3 1 0 2 3 0 17 5 0
      21 El Hadji Diouf 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 26 14 3
      26 Ali Al-Habsi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      10 Christian Wilhelmsson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 5 1
      9 Heidar Helguson 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
      37 James Sinclair 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      27 Daniel Braaten 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0
  • Summary

    • 88' GOAL! Matthew Taylor sends Jaaskelainen the wrong way and the points are safe for Pompey!
    • 87' Penalty! A miserable day for Cid is completed as he brings down Kanu and the referee points to the spot.
    • 59' Bolton have a throw deep in the Portsmouth half. Played short then crossed from the left for SPEED!! Meets it with a powerful header and James makes an acrobatic save, holding on to the ball too.
    • 53' Utaka! Smashes a low shot first-time but it is straight at Jaaskelainen. You can't afford to give him that sort of space.
    • 38' Anelka! From nowhere, the Frenchman fires off a volley that whistles just wide of the right-hand post.
    • 37' Benjani set clear through the centre. He is racing Cid to the ball, and the defender brings the forward down, making little or no contact! No free-kick, says referee Tanner, but Cid surely fouled his man there and on another day it could have been a red card. A massive let-off for the visitors.
    • 34' Great save Jaaskelainen. A half-cleared free-kick drops for Benjani, whose low left-footed strike tests the reflexes of Bolton's Finnish keeper. Portsmouth completely in charge now.
    • 30' GOAL!!! Portsmouth in front with a tremendous goal on the counter-attack! Kanu releases fellow Nigerian John Utaka with an incisive ball, and Utaka races through, rounds Jaaskelainen and finishes into the empty net. Superb!
    • 24' Confusion at the back for Bolton and once again Gerald Cid is at the heart of it. He inadvertently touches the ball away from Jaaskelainen and Benjani nearly steals in, but eventually the visitors recover their composure.
    • 18' A Bolton corner is cleared unconvincingly by James and Andranik fires in a follow-up. It takes a touch off Richard Hughes but James saves with his legs.
    • 16' GOAL!! This time Pompey are level! Nwankwo finishes from close range after Utaka knocks down a Gary O'Neil cross! But Bolton are furious because Hreidarsson appeared to foul Anelka at the start of the move...
    • 14' Kanu puts the ball in the net, heading home from a corner. But referee Steve Tanner says there was a foul in the Bolton box. If it was, it was a marginal infringement. Pompey can count themselves unlucky.
    • 12' GOAL!!! Nicolas Anelka gives Bolton the lead from nothing! Traore plays a terrible ball towards Hreidarsson, but Anelka seizes it, raced into the left side of the box and fires past James left-footed!
    • - Welcome to Portmsouth v Bolton from Fratton Park. Pompey have made a decent start and are fresh from a pulsating 1-1 with Manchester United. Bolton, however, need a point with manager Sammy Lee struggling to assert himself.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • D. James
      • D. Traore
      • H. Hreidarsson
      • S. Distin
      • M. Taylor
      • S. Davis
      • G. O'Neil Substitution Out (82′)
      • R. Hughes
      • J. Utaka Goal
      • N. Kanu Goal Substitution Out (90′)
      • B. Mwaruwari

      Subs

      • J. Ashdown
      • A. Mvuemba Substitution In90′
      • M. Cranie Substitution In82′
      • D. Nugent Substitution In73′
      • R. Duffy
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Jääskeläinen
      • N. Hunt Yellow Card Substitution Out (86′)
      • A. Méité
      • G. Cid
      • J. Samuel
      • M. Alonso
      • G. Speed Yellow Card
      • A. Teimourian
      • E. Diouf
      • K. Nolan Substitution Out (56′)
      • N. Anelka Goal

      Subs

      • H. Helguson Substitution In86′
      • C. Wilhelmsson Substitution In46′
      • D. Braaten Substitution In56′
      • A. Al Habsi
      • J. Sinclair
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