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Tuesday, 1 October, 2002, 21:06 GMT 22:06 UK
Portsmouth 1-3 Wimbledon

Division One leaders Portsmouth slipped to only their second defeat of the season as Wimbledon reached the third round of the Worthington Cup at Fratton Park.

Pompey took the lead through Vincent Pericard on five minutes but Wimbledon hit back with goals from Joel McAnuff, Mikele Leigertwood and Neil Shipperley.

Harry Redknapp's side burst out of the blocks and were rewarded when Pericard nodded home from close range after Svetoslav Todorov had headed it on.

But Stuart Murdoch's team were level less than a minute later when McAnuff - linked with a 2m move to the south coast club - fired home a wonderful long-range effort.

Goalkeeper Kelvin Davis then produced a fine save to stop Pericard from putting Pompey ahead again and instead it was the visitors who took the lead in the 16th minute.

Alex Tapp took an inswinging corner and Leigertwood headed the ball home.

As the break approached the Dons nearly went further ahead when Shaka Hislop had to be alert to make a fine save from Rob Gier, who got his head to a McAnuff corner.

The second half started quietly but Matt Taylor thought he had put Portsmouth back on terms after 57 minutes, only for his strike to be disallowed.

Within a minute of Taylor's effort being ruled out, Shipperley had earned a free-kick when fouled by Gianluca Festa.

McAnuff curled the ball in and Shipperley headed it home.

Pericard had a fine opportunity to get Portsmouth back into it but fired the ball over the crossbar with 13 minutes left.

And thereafter Redknapp's men never looked like they could maintain their interest in this competition.


Portsmouth: Hislop, Harper, Ritchie, Primus, Festa, Taylor, O'Neil, Merson, Robinson, Pericard, Todorov. Subs: Kawaguchi, Burchill, Buxton, Tiler, Cooper.

Wimbledon: Davis, Holloway, Leigertwood, Gier, Hawkins, McAnuff, Francis, Andersen, Tapp, Shipperley, Nowland. Subs: Heald, Willmott, Gray, Reo-Coker, Haara.

Referee: T Parkes (W Midlands)

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