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Portsmouth

  • Kanu 90’

Birmingham City

  • Jerome 16’, 42’

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    Jerome double downs Pompey

    Birmingham City gained revenge for Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat with a 2-1 Premier League victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Portsmouth
    • Birmingham City
    • 90+4' There's the final whistle. It finishes 2-1 to Birmingham at Fratton Park.
    • 90+2' Owusu-Abeyie has an effort from the edge of the area charged down by Gardner as Pompey stage a late fightback.
    • 90' Goal for Pompey! Kanu heads an O'Hara cross into the back of the net to give Pompey a glimmer of hope.
    • 89' Basinas's freekick cannons back off the wall before Joe Hart makes a superb save to deny Dindane on the half-volley.
    • 88' Johnson gives away a freekick for wrapping his arms around Dindane who was backing into him on the edge of the area.
    • 87' McFadden lays it back to Larsson who curls a shot goalwards but it is comfortably saved by James.
    • 85' Kanu holds the ball up well and lays it back to O'Hara. He looks for Dindane but the referee penalises the Pompey player for a push.
    • 83' Both sides look happy to play out time now as the Pompey fans leave the stadium in droves.
    • 81' Gardner tries to feed Jerome through the middle, but the big striker is forced to check his run to stay onside and the ball goes through to the keeper.
    • 80' McFadden is quickly into the action and forces a good save from David James at his near post with a low left-footed drive.
    • 79' Birmingham replace Benitez with James McFadden.
    • 78' Belhadj controls an O'Hara pass superbly and then teases a cross into the box but it is too far ahead of everyone and goes out for a throw.
    • 76' Belhadj goes into the book for a cynical foul on Larsson born of frustration.
    • 75' Birmingham make another change with Seb Larsson replacing Michel.
    • 72' Basinas loops the set-piece into the box and Ridgewell heads clear.
    • 71' Dindane wins a freekick 25 yards from goal after being blocked by Scott Dann.
    • 70' Benitez goes down under a challenge from Hreidarsson. The ref decides Benitez has taken a tumble and luckily for the striker decides not to produce a second yellow for diving.
    • 69' Scott Dann shoots high over the bar after the ball fell to him unmarked 15 yards from goal.
    • 67' Fahey almost threads the ball through to Benitez but Hreidarsson gets across to clear.
    • 66' Kanu wins a freekick in midfield after a coming together with Barry Ferguson, who looks genuinely bemused by the ref's decision.
    • 65' Birmingham are playing the ball around in midfield content to just take any possible sting out of the game. Pompey look clean out of ideas.
    • 63' Pompey make their final change with Kanu coming on for Michael Brown.
    • 62' Fahey and Benitez exchange quick passes but the final ball to Jerome just goes astray and Pompey clear.
    • 61' Owusu-Abeyie beats a couple of players but then sends a hopeless pass infront of Finnan and out of play for a throw.
    • 60' O'Hara, who is absolutely everywhere on the pitch tonight, sends another good cross into the box, but again there is no Pompey player to get on the end of it and it is through to Hart.
    • 58' Belhadj sends a delightful cross into the box that narrowly evades Piquionne's outstretched leg.
    • 56' O'Hara crosses from the right but Birmingham clear their lines.
    • 55' Fahey breaks down the left and only has to roll the ball across for Jerome to tap in for his hat-trick but he overhits the cross and the chance is gone.
    • 54' Fahey tries his luck with a looping effort that fails to dip in time and is over the bar.
    • 53' Birmingham make a change with Teemu Tainio replacing Stuart Parnaby.
    • 52' Dindane wins a freekick on the right for a foul by Ridgewell... looked a little harsh to me.
    • 51' Owusu-Abeyie has a volleyed effort deflected wide as Pompey mount some early pressure in the second half.
    • 50' Finnan crosses from the right but Dindane heads over the bar.
    • 49' Portsmouth made a halftime double change with Quincy Owusu-Abeyie and Angelos Basinas replacing Danny Webber and Marc Wilson.
    • 47' Birmingham have an early corner but Hreidarsson manages to clear.
    • 46' And we are underway again in the second half...
    • 45' And the halftime whistle blows at Fratton Park where it is 2-0 to Birmingham at the break.
    • 44' Fahey tries to play in Jerome down the left flank but his pass is overhit and out for a throw.
    • 43' That goal has knocked the stuffing out of Pompey who look thoroughly disconsolate.
    • 42' Goal for Birmingham! Jerome gets his second finishing low beneath James after a cheeky backheel from Benitez played him in on goal.
    • 41' O'Hara has another corner from thr right. This time Hart comes and claims comfortably.
    • 40' O'Hara takes a corner from the right that Hart comes and punches clear.
    • 39' Finnan tries to bend a cross into the box but it is headed clear by Johnson.
    • 37' Terrible miss by Benitez! Jerome heads on and Benitez looks a mile offside, but the linesman's flag stays down leaving the striker to run through on goal. But he dawdles then tries to round David James and Finnan gets back to clear.
    • 36' Webber lifts a cross from the right high into the Birmingham box that Hart comes out to claim easily.
    • 35' Cameron Jerome ends up in the crowd after failing to keep the ball in play on the left-hand touchline.
    • 33' Ferguson is forced to head a cross from Belhadj over his own bar under pressure from Dindane.
    • 32' The freekick cannons up into the air and Hart fails to claim under pressure from Piquionne and the ball is behind for a corner.
    • 31' Michel goes into the book for tripping Belhadj on the left touchline.
    • 30' Webber's cross from the right for Portsmouth is easily cleared by Ridgewell.
    • 28' And O'Hara wastes a chance at the other end. Belhadj crosses from the left and O'Hara scuffs his shot into the ground and it is easily saved by Hart.
    • 27' Chance goes begging for Birmingam. Gardner shoots wide from 16 yards after being played in by Benitez.
    • 26' O'Hara fizzes a freekick into the area that is inches above Piquionne's head and goes through to Hart.
    • 24' Fahey plays a neat one-two with Jerome on the edge of the area but the latter just cannot work space for a shot and is forced to turn back.
    • 23' O'Hara wins a freekick in midfield after being fouled by Michel after some lovely close control.
    • 22' O'Hara tries to find Piquionne with a long ball over the top but Dann heads clear.
    • 21' Gardner strikes the freekick low into the wall and Hreidarsson clears.
    • 20' Gardner wins a freekick 25 yards from goal after being tripped by Ben Haim.
    • 18' Benitez goes into the book after a very obvious dive in the box as Hreidarrson dived into the tackle.
    • 17' Birmingham are full of confidence now and stroking the ball around midfield. Another neat passing move ends with Hreidarsson nudging Benitez off the ball.
    • 16' Birmingham win a corner that Ferguson takes. It falls to Gardner on the edge of the box and his low shot is deflected wide.
    • 14' Goal for Birmingham! The Blues play the ball around confidently in midfield before Benitez feeds Jerome in on goal and the big striker slots it calmly past James into the bottom corner.
    • 13' Hreidarsson hoofs the ball out of play with Benitez looking to pounce on a loose ball in the box.
    • 12' Piquionne is flagged offside, coming back from an offside position to collect Steve Finnan's ball forward.
    • 11' Webber tries to curl a cross from the right into the six-yard box but he miscues his effort and it is behind for a goalkick.
    • 10' Finnan crosses from the right but Birmingham's clearance ricochets off Webber and goes behind for a goalkick.
    • 9' Johnson tried lofting the ball over the top for Gardner but Belhadj does well to get back and clear.
    • 7' O'Hara cuts inside and has a shot from the edge of the area that fails to trouble Hart who saves comfortably.
    • 6' Benitez is flagged offside as he heads a long ball forward on for Cameron Jerome.
    • 5' Belhadj gives Joe Hart some early catching practise with a tame cross-cum-shot.
    • 4' Benitez is scythed down by Ben Haim on the halfway line to win a freekick for Birmingham.
    • 3' Dindane gets to the by-line and pulls it back across goal but Scott Dann heads clear with Danny Webber lurking in the middle.
    • 2' O'Hara tries to find Piquionne with a long ball down the left-hand touchline but it is too long and bobbles out of play.
    • 1' And we are underway at Fratton Park...
    • - The players are out on the pitch and going through the customary pre-match handshakes.
    • - Birmingham's biggest ever win in the Premier League came against Portsmouth when they thrashed the south coast side 5-0 at St Andrews in January 2006.
    • - Alex McLeish's side have lost their last three league games away from home, scoring just one goal (an own goal) along the way.
    • - There have been penalties awarded in five of the last eight Premier League meetings between Birmingham and Portsmouth, all in favour of the home side.
    • - Here's a few pre-match stats to pass the time as we gear up for kick-off: It is nine games since Pompey last kept a clean sheet in the Premier League.
    • - Things are a lot rosier in Alex McLeish's garden and a win for Birmingham tonight would see them move up to eighth, just six points behind Tottenham in fourth.
    • - This is, of course, a repeat of Saturday's FA Cup game, which Pompey won 2-0 thanks to a Piquionne brace. In reality there is a lot less riding on this game as with a nine-point deduction in the offing, Pompey's relegation is pretty much nailed-on.
    • - And here's the Birmingham side: Hart, Parnaby, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Gardner, Ferguson, Michel, Fahey, Jerome, Benitez. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, Larsson, McFadden, Queudrue, Tainio, Jervis
    • - The teams are in and here they are in full. Portsmouth line up as follows: James, Finnan, Ben-Haim, Hreidarsson, Belhadj, Brown, Wilson, O'Hara, Webber, Piquionne, Dindane. Subs: Ashdown, Mokoena, Mullins, Diop, Owusu-Abeyie, Kanu, Basinas
    • - Hello and welcome to tonight's live coverage of Portsmouth's Premier League clash with Birmingham City at Fratton Park.
  • Summary

    • 90' Goal for Pompey! Kanu heads an O'Hara cross into the back of the net to give Pompey a glimmer of hope.
    • 89' Basinas's freekick cannons back off the wall before Joe Hart makes a superb save to deny Dindane on the half-volley.
    • 80' McFadden is quickly into the action and forces a good save from David James at his near post with a low left-footed drive.
    • 58' Belhadj sends a delightful cross into the box that narrowly evades Piquionne's outstretched leg.
    • 55' Fahey breaks down the left and only has to roll the ball across for Jerome to tap in for his hat-trick but he overhits the cross and the chance is gone.
    • 42' Goal for Birmingham! Jerome gets his second finishing low beneath James after a cheeky backheel from Benitez played him in on goal.
    • 37' Terrible miss by Benitez! Jerome heads on and Benitez looks a mile offside, but the linesman's flag stays down leaving the striker to run through on goal. But he dawdles then tries to round David James and Finnan gets back to clear.
    • 28' And O'Hara wastes a chance at the other end. Belhadj crosses from the left and O'Hara scuffs his shot into the ground and it is easily saved by Hart.
    • 27' Chance goes begging for Birmingam. Gardner shoots wide from 16 yards after being played in by Benitez.
    • 14' Goal for Birmingham! The Blues play the ball around confidently in midfield before Benitez feeds Jerome in on goal and the big striker slots it calmly past James into the bottom corner.
    • - And here's the Birmingham side: Hart, Parnaby, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Gardner, Ferguson, Michel, Fahey, Jerome, Benitez. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, Larsson, McFadden, Queudrue, Tainio, Jervis
    • - The teams are in and here they are in full. Portsmouth line up as follows: James, Finnan, Ben-Haim, Hreidarsson, Belhadj, Brown, Wilson, O'Hara, Webber, Piquionne, Dindane. Subs: Ashdown, Mokoena, Mullins, Diop, Owusu-Abeyie, Kanu, Basinas
    • - Hello and welcome to tonight's live coverage of Portsmouth's Premier League clash with Birmingham City at Fratton Park.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • D. James
      • S. Finnan
      • T. Ben-Haim
      • H. Hreidarsson
      • N. Belhadj Yellow Card
      • M. Wilson Substitution Out (45′)
      • M. Brown Substitution Out (66′)
      • J. O'Hara
      • D. Webber Substitution Out (45′)
      • A. Dindane
      • F. Piquionne

      Subs

      • N. Kanu Substitution In66′ Goal
      • A. Basinas Substitution In45′
      • H. Mullins
      • A. Mokoena
      • J. Ashdown
      • Q. Owusu-Abeyie Substitution In45′
      • P. Diop
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • S. Parnaby Substitution Out (53′)
      • R. Johnson
      • S. Dann
      • L. Ridgewell
      • B. Ferguson
      • Míchel Yellow Card Substitution Out (78′)
      • C. Gardner
      • K. Fahey
      • C. Jerome Goals×2
      • C. Benítez Yellow Card Substitution Out (81′)

      Subs

      • F. Queudrue
      • T. Tainio Substitution In53′
      • M. Taylor
      • D. Murphy
      • J. McFadden Substitution In81′
      • S. Larsson Substitution In78′
      • J. Jervis

      Injured

      • G. Vignal
      • L. Carsley
      • G. O'Connor
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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Yellow Card - -
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out45′ - -
      Substitution Out66′ - -
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      Strikers
      Substitution Out45′ - -
      - -
      - -
      Subs
      Substitution In66′ Goal - -
      Substitution In45′ - -
      Substitution In45′ - -
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
      Substitution Out53′ - -
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      Midfielders
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      Yellow Card Substitution Out78′ - -
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      Strikers
      Goals ×2 - -
      Yellow Card Substitution Out81′ - -
      Subs
      Substitution In53′ - -
      Substitution In81′ - -
      Substitution In78′ - -

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