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Saturday April 3, 2010 Finished Fratton Park

  1. Ten-man Pompey hold Blackburn

    Ten-man Pompey hold Blackburn

    Portsmouth avoided relegation with a 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers, but Anthony Vanden Borre will miss the FA Cup semi-final. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Portsmouth
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • 90'+3 Ashdown will take his time. Clears it long and that's the final whistle! It's ended 0-0 and with Hull losing at Stoke, Portsmouith will remain a Premier League team for another week! Thanks for joining us!
    • 90'+3 OLSSON!! Smart turn from Givet's ball and that's straight at Ashdown!
    • 90'+2 Pedersen delivers, Samba heads it back across goal, Grella overhits the retuen and Pompey can breath again.
    • 90'+1 Pedersen with the cross and Sowah heads it behind for a Rovers corner. Can they find a winner?
    • 90' There'll be three minutes of stioppage time.
    • 90' We're in the last minute as Olsson puts a wayward cross behind for a Portsmouth goal kick.
    • 89' Salgado to Hoilett, gets in the cross but Rocha gets enough on the delivery to divert the ball safely into Ashdown's arms.
    • 89' In it comes! Appeals for handball but it falls to Hoilett!! Over the bar!!
    • 88' Corner to Rovers! Mullins makes a defensive header over his own bar as Blackburn counter!
    • 87' Looks for Piquionne, but the ball skids off the surface and Robinson claims.
    • 86' Pompey throw following Sowah's ball to Piquionne. O'Hara will take it.
    • 86' We're in the last five minutes.
    • 85' O'Hara with a superb run, gets behind the Rovers defence and there's KANU!! Ooooh! He's lifted it over the bar!!
    • 84' Pedersen! Great chipped ball into KALINIC!!! Flag's up and Ashdown makes the catch from the close range header.
    • 83' That's a long, high ball into the Portsmouth box. Off Samba's head and straight back up in the air. Cleared by Portsmouth to the halfway line.
    • 82' That's cleared away and it's Piquionne with a superb counter. Races down the Rovers right, but he's all on his own and is eventually crowded out!
    • 81' Poor challenge by Mokoena. Gives away a free-kick and Kanu is less then impressed with his team-mate.
    • 80' Sam Allardyce thinks there's three points here. Nikola Kalinic comes on for David Dunn.
    • 80' Still little goalmouth action in this second half. Can either side pinch a win in the last 10 minutes?
    • 78' Dunn zips a header past the post as Portsmouth confirm that Vanden Borre will miss the FA Cup semi-final! That's an expensive dismissal for a needless handball.
    • 77' Sub for Rovers. Diouf is off to a chorus of boos and on comes David Hoilett.
    • 76' Dunn now. He beats Rocha but not Mokoena who thunders into his old team-mate.! Great tackle!
    • 76' We're in the last 15 minutes. It's still 0-0 at Fratton Park.
    • 75' Pedersen will take it. Mullins heads it out, comes back in from Diouf but that's a routine catch for Ashdown.
    • 74' Yellow card for Michael Brown who brings down Olsson.
    • 73' Grella with a snapshot! That's high and wide to the delight of the Portsmouth faithful.
    • 72' Change for Portsmouth. Utaka makes way for Frederic Piquionne.
    • 71' Grella with a good ball in for Roberts, beats Rocha, but the ball runs away from the striker and that's a goal kick to Portsmouth.
    • 70' O'Hara now with a dangerous ball into the box. Kanu doesn't react in time and that's away from danger.
    • 68' Good ball in by Dunn!! Finds Roberts in the box, he swivels but can't get the power on the shot and Ashdown gathers!!
    • 66' And Rovers have also made a substitution. Vince Grella is on for N'Zonzi.
    • 66' OLSSON!!! Good strike!! Saved by the legs of Ashdown!!
    • 65' Utaka is battling in the corner, O'Hara now looks for Basinas, but Rovers burst forward.
    • 64' And there's the change! Sowah makes his debut and it's Richard Hughes who makes way.
    • 64' Pedersen with a ball across the six yard box and no one got a touch!! Just needed a foot to divert the ball home!!
    • 62' And Portsmouth are lining up a change. It's going to be Lenny Sowah!
    • 61' Not sure if that's going to rule him out of the FA Cup semi-final too - but Pompey will have to play the last 30 minutes today a man down!
    • 60' Handball by Vanden Borre and he's off!! That's a second yellow! Portsmouth are down to 10 men!!
    • 59' O'Hara will take it, Samba heads it away and Salgado completes the clearance.
    • 58' Knocked forward by Rovers, headed away and Kanu has gone down now. Free-kick to Portsmouth.
    • 57' Utaka wants it, but there's no way that O'Hara can find him from there. Rovers win it back.
    • 57' Mokoena heads clear, Dunn tries to bring it forward again but he's dispossessed.
    • 56' Olsson has hit the deck now. Seemed to go down easily, but Rovers will have a free-kick midway in their own half.
    • 55' Hughes now finds Mullins. That's a deep cross in looking for Kanu and that's gone behind for a Rovers goal kick.
    • 55' Kanu with the ball into the box. And there's Samba again to clear the danger.
    • 54' Diouf's cross is cut out. Good counter by Pompey and Samba concedes the throw as Utaka tries to attack.
    • 53' That's a waste. All the way through to Ashdown who'll clear long.
    • 52' Salgado goes down under Hughes's challenge. Cheap free-kick for Rovers in their own half.
    • 51' Mullins with the ball in to the edge of the Rovers box. That's intercepted and hoofed clear by the Rovers backline.
    • 50' David Dunn is booked for a challenge on Richard Hughes.
    • 49' Pederesen makes a hash of the return ball to Ashdown. The Pompey crowd are not happy about that one as the ball goes out for a throw.
    • 49' Roberts has gone down and will need some treatment after Rocha's accidental blow to the face.
    • 48' O'Hara takes it and that's punched away by Robinson.
    • 48' Free-kick to Portsmouth following Salgado's challenge on Kanu.
    • 47' Roberts is caught offside from Olsson's pass. Lively start by the visitors.
    • 47' Rovers win it back and that's another good claim by Ashdown on a difficult surface.
    • 46' Good early exchange from Rovers but Givet slips as he tries to deliver a cross.
    • 46' And we're back underway at Fratton Park.
    • 45'+2 And there's the whistle! It's 0-0 at the break!
    • 45'+1 It's 45 yards out. Pedersen is over it.. chips it and there's Samba with a free header!! He's hit the post!!! And there's Ricardo Rocha to make the block from Jason Roberts' follow-up!
    • 45'+1 O'Hara tries to nutmeg Michel Salgado. Doesn't come off and now Pedersen tries to find Dunn. Utaka brings down Salgado and that's a Rovers free-kick!
    • 45' There'll be one minute of stoppage time. That's a little surprising considering the stoppages we've had so far!
    • 45' We're in the last minute as Brown's hopeful ball runs straight through to Robinson.
    • 44' Pedersen again with the free-kick. That's better by Ashdown. Good take.
    • 43' Yellow card for Vanden Borre for a sliding challenge on Steven N'Zonzi!! Took the man. Clear booking.
    • 43' Vanden Borre to Kanu. Tries a little bit of trickery. That doesn't come off and O'Hara is left without the ball while the Nigerian is left looking a bit daft!
    • 42' Jason Roberts is caught offside as Rovers counter.
    • 41' Falls to MOKOENA!!! Volleys that one well over Robinson's bar!!!
    • 40' Free-kick now to Portsmouth, won by Kanu.
    • 40' We're in the last five minutes. Mullins is back on with a bandage on his hand.
    • 39' Hayden Mullins is off the pitch for treatment for a hand injury. Portsmouth are down to 10 men for the moment.
    • 39' Rocha heads the corner out and Samba is penalised.
    • 38' Pedersen again. Ashodwn has lost it and Rocha heads the ball over his own bar under pressure from Samba!! Again, Ashdown looked less than confident!
    • 37' Good play across the pitch by Portsmouth. Misplaced pass by Michael Brown hands the ball to Rovers. Diouf knocks the ball into the box and Ashdown is caught by the bounce and the ball skids out for a corner!!
    • 35' O'Hara again tries to drive Pompey forward. Again, little movement by Kanu and Utaka and O'Hara has a not too quiet word with his team-mate!
    • 34' Olsson and Roberts link up. The return pass is intercepted and that's Kanu of all people with a heavy tackle on Dunn! Good challenge by the Nigerian!
    • 33' Free-kick to Rovers following a dubious handbal decision. Pedersen again with it, Diouf's ball in is blockedd and Utaka goes down under Samba's challenge. Free-kick to Portsmouth.
    • 32' Utaka again!! Zips a ball across the six-yard box but the chance goes begging.
    • 31' Kanu now to Basinas. Vanden Borre now cuts in!! Drives the ball in and that's half-cleared by Rovers as Givet eventually concedes the throw.
    • 29' DUNN FOR ROVERS!!! Left-footed shot beats Ashdown all ends up and that's hit the outside of the post and away!! Both sides have come within a whisker of taking the lead within minutes!!
    • 27' UTAKA!! Good effiort and that's spilled by Robinson straight to O'Hara!! Shoots!! Off the line by Gael Givet!! So close for Portsmouth!!
    • 27' Roberts brings down Rocha and that'll be a free-kick to Portsmouth just outside their own box.
    • 26' Pedersen again with the delivery, Samba heads it back across goal and Pompey eventually clear the danger. Pedersen's free-kicks are causing Portsmouth some problems.
    • 25' And as the rain begins to fall heavily on Fratton Park, Mokoena gives away a free-kick some 25 yards out.
    • 24' Rocha is up rubbing his face ruefully. He'll be fit to continue shortly.
    • 23' Rovers have won another corner. Pedersen delivers it. Mokoena and Rocha go for the same ball and Rocha takes Mokoena's elbow in the head!
    • 23' We're halfway through the first half. Very little goalmouth action to comment on at the moment!
    • 22' Utaka again takes on Samba. There's no way through the huge Congolese international for the Pompey man this time!
    • 21' O'Hara finds Utaka. Plays in Mullins on the edge of the area!! Shoots!! And that's off Samba as the ball spins away from danger!
    • 20' Diouf takes it. That's a poor delivery. Over everyone to jeers from the Pompey faithful.
    • 19' In it comes, Phil Jones meets it and that's away by Ashdown for another corner.
    • 18' Mokoena now denies Rovers. It's a corner to Rovers.
    • 17' Great ball in Pedersen! O'Hara eventually makes the clearance.
    • 16' Free kick to Blackburn some eight yards in from the touchline.
    • 14' O'Hara running at the Rovers defence, but that's good defending.
    • 14' In comes the corner, headed down by Samba from six yards!! Past the post!! Two good chances for Christopher Samba!
    • 13' Good counter by Rovers. Ball is delivered into the box! Poor punch by Ashdown!! falls to Jason Roberts, he misses his kick and theres Samba following up!! Tipped past the post by Ashdown!!
    • 12' Morten Gamst Pedersen with a dangerous ball into the box. Good take by Ashdown. Releases O'Hara, but Kanu loses it in the middle of the pitch.
    • 10' David Dunn is dispossessed. O'Hara finds Utaka! Takes on Samba and shoots!! Comfortable save by Robinson!
    • 9' Throw comes to nothing. Jamie O'Hara has it. Looks for the run from Utaka. Poor ball by Utaka gives the ball back to Rovers.
    • 8' El Hadji Diouf takes it, bounces in the area and Rocha half-clears. The ball comes back in and Mokoena finds touch.
    • 8' And Rovers have won their first corner of the match.
    • 7' Mokoena is back on as Utaka complains about Christopher Samba's swinging arm. Apologies from the Rovers man.
    • 7' Ball played forward. No one's gambled on that one and that rolls through to Paul Robinson.
    • 6' No change yet for Pompey as he goes off the pitch for treatment. Play resumes.
    • 5' And Aaron Mokoena has gone down. This could be another injury for the south coast side.!
    • 4' Offside against John Utaka as the ball is pumped forward.
    • 3' Cleared by the keeper, Martin Olsson picks it up. Overruns that one and that's a fierce challenge by Aaron Mokoena.
    • 2' Richard Hughes picks it up in midfield, forced backwards and that's gone back to Jamie Ashdown in the Portsmouth goal.
    • 2' In it comes from Angelos Basinas. Cleared by Martin Olsson - powerful defensive header!
    • 1' Won back by Pompey and they have an early corner!
    • 1' Loose ball by Ricardo Rocha gives possession to Rovers.
    • 1' And we're underway!
    • - And here come the teams!
    • - So the Portsmouth faithful will have one eye on events at Stoke today where Hull City battle for their own survival. Catch up on Stoke v Hull here!
    • - November's fixture at Ewood Park ended in a 3-1 win for the Lancashire side. Jason Roberts scored twice and Ryan Nelsen grabbed the other. Jamie O'Hara netted for Portsmouth.
    • - And the Blackburn XI: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Jones, Givet, Diouf, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Olsson, Dunn, Roberts. Subs: Brown, Emerton, Grella, Linganzi, Kalinic, Hoilett, Di Santo.
    • - And the teams are in! Portsmouth line up as: Ashdown, Vanden Borre, Rocha, Mokoena, Mullins, Basinas, Brown, Hughes, O'Hara, Kanu, Utaka. Subs: O'Brien, Piquionne, Nlundulu, Ward, Ritchie, Sowah.
    • - Blackburn are looking for their third consecutive Premier League win for the first time since 2007/08, but have only won twice away this season - at Bolton and Burnley.
    • - And Pompey have lost four of their last five games, and 16 of 17 league games against sides in the top half of the table.
    • - History suggests this could be a tough day for Pompey. Rovers have won four of their last five league and cup games against Portsmouth.
    • - And Portsmouth boss Avram Grant also has to deal with a side hit severely by injuries - but despite having one eye on the FA Cup semi-final next week - has decided against handing debuts to a number of youth players. Matt Ritchie, Joel Ward and Lenny Sowah are all on the bench.
    • - But Pompey's inevitable relegation could be confirmed today if they lose and Hull City win. Should the Tigers fail to get the three points, a victory for West Ham tomorrow would send Portsmouth down if Rovers win.
    • - Rovers' season is petering out into a comfortable mid-table finish and boss Sam Allardyce has hinted he might experiment with his team in the remaining games.
    • - As we come to the business end of the season, Premier League business is all but done for these two sides.
    • - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of this afternoon's Premier League clash between Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers at Fratton Park.
  • Summary

    • 90'+3 OLSSON!! Smart turn from Givet's ball and that's straight at Ashdown!
    • 89' In it comes! Appeals for handball but it falls to Hoilett!! Over the bar!!
    • 85' O'Hara with a superb run, gets behind the Rovers defence and there's KANU!! Ooooh! He's lifted it over the bar!!
    • 73' Grella with a snapshot! That's high and wide to the delight of the Portsmouth faithful.
    • 68' Good ball in by Dunn!! Finds Roberts in the box, he swivels but can't get the power on the shot and Ashdown gathers!!
    • 66' OLSSON!!! Good strike!! Saved by the legs of Ashdown!!
    • 60' Handball by Vanden Borre and he's off!! That's a second yellow! Portsmouth are down to 10 men!!
    • 45'+1 It's 45 yards out. Pedersen is over it.. chips it and there's Samba with a free header!! He's hit the post!!! And there's Ricardo Rocha to make the block from Jason Roberts' follow-up!
    • 41' Falls to MOKOENA!!! Volleys that one well over Robinson's bar!!!
    • 38' Pedersen again. Ashodwn has lost it and Rocha heads the ball over his own bar under pressure from Samba!! Again, Ashdown looked less than confident!
    • 29' DUNN FOR ROVERS!!! Left-footed shot beats Ashdown all ends up and that's hit the outside of the post and away!! Both sides have come within a whisker of taking the lead within minutes!!
    • 27' UTAKA!! Good effiort and that's spilled by Robinson straight to O'Hara!! Shoots!! Off the line by Gael Givet!! So close for Portsmouth!!
    • 21' O'Hara finds Utaka. Plays in Mullins on the edge of the area!! Shoots!! And that's off Samba as the ball spins away from danger!
    • 14' In comes the corner, headed down by Samba from six yards!! Past the post!! Two good chances for Christopher Samba!
    • 13' Good counter by Rovers. Ball is delivered into the box! Poor punch by Ashdown!! falls to Jason Roberts, he misses his kick and theres Samba following up!! Tipped past the post by Ashdown!!
    • 10' David Dunn is dispossessed. O'Hara finds Utaka! Takes on Samba and shoots!! Comfortable save by Robinson!
    • - And here come the teams!
    • - So the Portsmouth faithful will have one eye on events at Stoke today where Hull City battle for their own survival. Catch up on Stoke v Hull here!
    • - And the Blackburn XI: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Jones, Givet, Diouf, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Olsson, Dunn, Roberts. Subs: Brown, Emerton, Grella, Linganzi, Kalinic, Hoilett, Di Santo.
    • - And the teams are in! Portsmouth line up as: Ashdown, Vanden Borre, Rocha, Mokoena, Mullins, Basinas, Brown, Hughes, O'Hara, Kanu, Utaka. Subs: O'Brien, Piquionne, Nlundulu, Ward, Ritchie, Sowah.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Ashdown
      • A. Vanden Borre Red Card
      • R. Rocha
      • A. Mokoena
      • H. Mullins
      • M. Brown Yellow Card
      • R. Hughes Substitution Out (64′)
      • A. Basinas
      • J. O'Hara
      • N. Kanu
      • J. Utaka Substitution Out (72′)

      Subs

      • F. Piquionne Substitution In72′
      • M. Ritchie
      • J. Ward
      • L. Sowah Substitution In64′
      • G. Nlundulu
      • L. O'Brien
    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • Míchel Salgado
      • C. Samba
      • P. Jones
      • G. Givet
      • S. N'Zonzi Substitution Out (64′)
      • M. Gamst Pedersen
      • E. Diouf Substitution Out (76′)
      • D. Dunn Yellow Card Substitution Out (80′)
      • M. Olsson
      • J. Roberts

      Subs

      • B. Emerton
      • J. Brown
      • N. Kalinic Substitution In80′
      • D. Hoilett Substitution In76′
      • V. Grella Substitution In64′
      • F. Di Santo
      • A. Linganzi
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