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Plucky Pompey Beat Sloppy Spurs

Portsmouth broke free for the day from the worries of the season that they have had to endure. The fear of financial collapse has been there for months and yesterday the club realised the truth about their playing fate for this season. Relegation being confirmed with West Ham winning at home to further draw away from the drop zone.

None of this mattered to the blue hordes who came to cheer on their heroes. The Pompey Chimes could be heard loud and clear through out the game as the team was cheered on with a fervour seldom seen anywhere let alone at Wembley.

For the normal length of the game Spurs edged it with possession and shots at goal. This though soes not show the true fact that Pompey had three really good chances to score with Frederic Piquionne missing them all.

As time ran out it began to look as if Pompey were running out of steam. Spurs got more and more on top with Ricardo Rocha and Mokoena holding firm with desprate resolution. Peter Crouch was becoming more dangerous and on a couple of occasions came close to adding a finishing touch.

Extra time was slow to start with but nine minutes into extra time the deadlock was broken. This time as a run of the mill free kick came into the box Dawson the Spurs centre back slipped and in a flash Piquionne had grabbed the opportunity to slip the ball under Gomes and into the back of the net.

Pompey's joy was unbounded as they celebrated the cruel misfortune for Dawson. Their joy lasted mere moments before a Bale cross was met by Crouch who despatched the ball into the net. The goal was disallowed though due to a push by Kranjcar.

This was yet another refereeing decision that will cause many an argument as to it's validity. The decision did look wrong but there was some doubt. Right or wrong the goal didn't stand and Pompey could breathe again.

Spurs were now throwing everything at Pompey and it looked inevitable that they would score. The second half of extra time started and spurs kept pressing desperately for the equaliser.

Three minutes from the end it was game, set and match. Pompey broke free with Dindane outpacing Palacios before being wrestled to the ground. Even though he got the ball Palacios was booked for the foul and the penalty was given.

Prince Boeteng duly beat the dive of Gomes and the joyful pompey fans sang their hearts out. Pompey probably deserved the win because they did have the best chances though Spurs edged the attempts numerically.

There will be a debate about the penalty given and the goal disallowed. Both were debatable but neither was clearly right or wrong. Spurs may have been a little unlucky but god did Pompey fight. They ran themselves into the ground to stem the superior skills of the Spurs.

Ricardo Rocha was awarded the man of the match nomination. His was a brave match and he fully deserved the verdict.

Congratulations Pompey. You have defied all logic and keep surprising us neutral football supporters. I look forward to our two teams renewing our rivalry soon, because a club with this much fight will never die.




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Writer: SFC Forever Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 11 2010

Time: 8:16PM

Your Comments

Cheers SFC Forever. A truly amazing day. This ramshackle, motley crew certainly makes up in passion, character and guts what they lack in technical ability and flair. A wondrous day; a joy to behold seeing Avram so elated at the end...contrasting nicely with Twitchy looking forlorn on the Tottenham bench! So, back to Wembley again for ANOTHER FA Cup Final! Hard to fathom. Hopefully this will make the club more attractive to a potential buyer, something we hope can be resolved as soon as possible. Good luck for your playoff push...I'm eighty quid up if you get promotion! Then a league meeting can resume again. I like those 4-1 scorelines!
putneypfc
Thanks, SFC Forever! Enjoyed that one even more than winning it actually - almost in tears at the end. Hopefully we can make it a South Coast double this year!
pastyman72
Putney and Pastyman I am banking on you beating Chelsea. Two of your players owe them bigtime. Rocha and Brown? Anyway I hope all of those amazing fans get home safe and sound tonight, tomorrow or whenever.
SFC Forever
Pompey have produced yet another fighting performance to overcome the odds stacked against them. Well done.
sfc4ghg
It's Rocha and Tommy Smith who owe them SFC Forever, but who cares if we beat them in the final. John Terry deserves a Michael Brown special aswell after his disgusting tackle on Milner yesterday. I think Milner is a cert for England in the World Cup after his performances this season for Villa and it would have been criminal if Terry had ended his chance, lucky his foot wasn't planted or it would have been career over. You're old boy Bale had a cracker 2day, the only player that really offered anything going 4ward.
moley2
you were superb today and I think the bully boys of Chelsea will get a surprise when you meet at Wembley
sfc4ghg
Yep Smith. He'll be back for the final I hope. I wonder if Dindane can get permission to play fromhis parent club. I can't see how they can justify saying no being truthful.
SFC Forever
Lens should let Dindane play, if anything it could put him in the shop window coz millions watch the final all round the world. All you guys should go on the Vital Spurs site and see how much they hate Redknapp!!
moley2
They do seem a tad upset some of them don't they. Wonder why? They didn't play as they can and for that you have to responsible. Not poor old Saggy Chops.
SFC Forever
Cheers SFC I presume rug is a bit too busy at the moment to be writing match reports and this one is a beauty
Pompeyscum
Bloody right, Cheers 4 chipping in on the Vital Spurs site SFC after my heads up. It's nice to see a Southampton fan who doesn't just give Pompey abuse. Let's be honest we'd love to have are derby games every season whichever division it woz in?
moley2
SFC doesn't act like a normal saint at times but he is. He just comes over as a true footy fan to me. Oh yeah you guys won somewhere today I fink didn't ya. Good game and god how you must be singing. How is ya voice? Can ya bring home the bacon now?
VSrednwhite
Trust me when we won our little cup we were unable to do much for the rest of the weekend. Days like this just have to be enjoyed because they are so rare. Especially when playing with a team of no hopers as you were supposed to be doing. I have a feeling TracyT will soon be reminding me about something.
SFC Forever
Sorry I meant tracyc not as printed TracyT. Soon find out anyway.
SFC Forever
Isn't it Tracy C!
moley2
you were very very lucky that Spurs just didn't play. They may have started thinking it would be a doddle but the grit and passion tht the blues showed was far more than they had dreamt possible. Avram has done marvls but the hardest has yet to be done. Good luck though Pompey and bring hants another prize home.
sfc4ghg
 

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