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|Sat 3 Oct 2009 A Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 0 W||< Last Game||Next Game >|
|26||Tal Ben Haim|
|11||Michael Brown (c)|
|18||Anthony Vanden Borre||s|
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|* withdrawn player, s substitute|
|s||9 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, 7 Michael Kightly , 33 Stefan Maierhofer|
|* 1st, ^ 2nd and '' 3rd opponent substitute|
|FT: 1-0 HT: 1-0|
Pompey: Yebda 19
Ref: Howard Webb
Manager: Paul Hart
"I am relieved and delighted and proud of the players because we've been through the mill. We didn't play as well as we have done in the last few weeks, but they grafted hard. We've been playing well with control and cool heads that belies the position we're in. Certain things ran for us today, but we've earned that luck with the performances we've put in against the likes of Everton and Aston Villa in recent weeks. At the same stage last season Spurs had two points, so we're one better than that." - Paul Hart
"The big thing for me is we defended the corner but we didn't block the ball coming back in. We are coming off with a defeat because we didn't defend properly. We were not outplayed, we just didn't do the basics properly. Michael Kightly said it was a stonewall penalty, but then he would say that because he's one of our players. But we shouldn't be discussing that. If we hadn't conceded it would be 0-0 and then I would be able to discuss the decisions that didn't go our way. I know Paul Hart well, but I'm not happy for him. I can't be. I wanted to heap more misery on him today. Sympathy is in short supply here." - Mick McCarthy
This article is used courtesy of Vital Pompey
You wait 49 days and it happens, Pompey register a win at last, and a win where it matters, against what will in all probability be against a relegation rival.
Paul Hart sprang no surprises, Yebda came in for the below par Mokoena and Finnan made a long awaited debut at right back in place of Vanden Borre.
Paul Hart has obviously thought sod it now, Pompey were having none of the sitting back to get a point mentality, they went at Wolves from the off, with Wolves trying to press also it was an attacking and open game. Smith and Dindane were proving to be a real handful once more, Smith having his best game in a Pompey shirt to date. Boateng was Pompey's lynchpin once more, anything good seemed to stem from the bargain boy from Spurs.
On 20 minutes of our eighth Premiership start came the moment we had all waited for, Yebda who had just had one hacked off the line, rose to meet Boateng's flighted cross with his head and nodded low into the net, Pompey had taken the lead for the first time this season!
Jarvis and Doyle were proving to be the main threats for Wolves, the former doing well on the wing, Finnan clearing a dangerous cross.
Dindane almost made it two, but Hennessey pulled off a cracking save and Smith blasted his follow up narrowly wide. Pompey had definitely had the best of the half, but Doyle almost forced an equaliser, he went on a lung bursting run down the wing, losing O'Hara for pace but his cross was wasted and cleared away. Ben haim was next to the rescue, Doyle seemed certain to score, but the big Israeli produced a great challenge to deny the ex-Reading man.
1-0 at half-time and Pompey were looking well worth it.
McCarthy had seen enough and bought on Ebanks-Blake and Kightly, but Pompey were quickest out the blocks once more, Smith crossing for Dindane who couldn't find the needed power with his header.
Kightly and O'Hara found their way into Webb's book, the Wolves man upsetting O'Hara by claiming a penalty when it was he who had handled. On the hour came the moment of luck that Pompey haven't seen for many a match, Wilson seeming to stop a cross with his arm, but this time a penalty didn't go against Pompey, and the travelling hoards puffed a collective sigh.
Wolves were doing all the pressing now as you would expect, Pompey trying to rely on the counter-attack, but the Blue defence was holding firm, only in the last five did they seem to sway, Halford smashed in a great free-kick which James did brilliantly to block out, the ball landed at Ebank-Blakes feet, but he lack the necessary composure and blasted over the bar.
And so that was it, Pompey are up and running, still some way to go, but the monkey is off their back and points are on the board.
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Pompey: O'Hara 56, Boateng 84
Wolves: Kightly 56
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