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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 May, 2005, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Portsmouth v Bolton
El-Hadji Diouf celebrates his goal at Fratton Park

BBC Sport has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyers residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them.

Here's a selection of reports from the Premiership clash between Portsmouth and Bolton at Fratton Park.

Sean McCann

An impressive match today at Fratton Park. Bolton started the better team in the first half scoring within 15 minutes. The team talk at half-time got Pompey in the mood as they scored 30 minutes into the second half.

The first 10 minutes of the first half was just a passing game but then El Hadji Diouf managed to get the ball in the back of the Portsmouth net after in the 11th minute, due to appalling defending on the Pompey side.

Portsmouth came back with a few good attempts on goal but none managed to penetrate the Bolton defence.

Bolton definitely had the ball advantage in the first half gaining a good few corners but again no one could convert a goal.

Bolton's Gardener was booked for a rough tackle in the 45th minute.

The second half started with Pompey gaining the upper hand with a free-kick in the Bolton half but none of the Portsmouth players could get a head to it.

Arjan De Zeeuw was bought down and play was stopped but he managed to walk off the pitch and continue the match shortly after.

The next 20 minutes were just a battle for the ball with plenty of goal attempts from both teams but again no-one could get the ball past the line.

In the 72nd minute, Yakubu managed an equaliser to take Pompey into a share of the points. The atmosphere was slightly muted and it seemed that the Portsmouth fans were more interested in their rivals Southampton's performance.

Matthew Taylor played a solid game on his 200th match appearance for Pompey, but still no one could take advantage of the numerous goal attempts.

Bolton's only goal scorer Diouf was then also booked for a handball in the 82nd minute giving Portsmouth another chance to steal the three points away from Bolton.

Yakubu came with in a hair's width of the post but didn't hit it home.

Bolton continued to drive into the heart of the Portsmouth defence but getting nowhere.

The final score ended up Portsmouth 1-1 Bolton.

But the Portsmouth fans were still fixated on the Southampton v Palace match as the Saints clawed their way out of the jaws of relegation once more.

Bolton are now safely into the Uefa Cup so the Bolton fans left Fratton Park with smiles on their faces.

Phil Potter

Portsmouth denied Europe bound Bolton three points at Fratton Park today.

A 72nd-minute equaliser from Yakabu earned Pompey a unexpected point.

Bolton was too dominant and too strong for the likes of Portsmouth with two near misses. Good play and great dribbling skills from the Wanderers within the first 10 minutes put a lot of pressure on the Pompey players and the fans.

Scrappy defending and lack of communication gave El Hadji Diouf a perfect chance to put them in front just after 11 minutes.

Jay Jay Okocha was then brought down Yakabu, which gave Pompey a free kick 25 yards from the goal.

With only 15 minutes of the first half to go Gary O'Neil's shot was on target but tipped slightly over the bar by Jaaskelainen.

Okocha once again made a bad tackle and referee Messias was not too lenient but he only got a booking.

As half-time came it sounded like the Pompey fans had given up hope for a come back.

Alain Perrin's talk in the dressing room didn't look like it worked on the field as the Portsmouth players kept clearing every ball away from the box

With a disappointing display Pompey fans were more interested in their local rivals Southampton struggling to stay out of the relegation zone.

But it all picked up in the 72nd minute when Yakabu scored to give Pompey the confidence they needed to survive to the end of the game

Matt Taylor celebrated his 200th match appearance and Allan Perrin was delighted to use the likes of James Keene who had debut playing for the club.

Marc Hill

A disappointing day for Pompey ended in them grabbing a point from visitors Bolton.

Bolton opened the game well as they scored in the first half. Pompey though didn't come close to netting a goal until the second half of the match.

It wasn't the best game the fans would have seen all season, in fact most of the Portsmouth fans were more interested in how their friends down the road were doing in their relegation battle.

El Hadji Diouf got the first goal of the game by taking advantage of lazy defending by Portsmouth.

He went round three Portsmouth defenders before scoring a low shot goal. Bolton used the width of the pitch to their advantage as Portsmouth struggled to take control.

Portsmouth didn't look any different in the second half and they didn't seem to change any of their tactics either.

However they got a lucky chance in the 72nd minute as a free kick from Gary O'Neil in to the box was back headed into the net by Yakubu.

There was a lot of the attempts at goal from both teams but the final result was Portsmouth 1-1 Bolton.

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