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Portsmouth 3-1 Sunderland


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2215: Well, it'd be reet boring if everything had been sorted before the last day of the season, wouldn't it? I'll be in the chair for what promises to be an electric day at the bottom of the Premier League on Sunday, so please get involved. But before then, Wednesday sees the last Uefa Cup final, as Shakhtar Donetsk play Werder Bremen. Auto refresh, anyone? See you then.

2212: Fancy yourself as a predo expert (don't look at 1930, whatever you do)? Then guess the results for the final round of matches in the Premier League and see what the final 2008/09 table will look like...
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From kickaballandscore on 606: "The league table will be the same on Sunday. None of those four teams are good enough to win their last game with Newcastle being the worst of the lot."
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Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia: "We got off to a good start in the second half, but it's not acceptable to concede after two minutes and the second goal is a bad mistake from Anton Ferdinand. We left ourselves open late on to another goal. It goes to the wire, but we have to put in a good performance against an excellent Chelsea team."

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From Sam, via text on 81111: "Why is everyone worried? There's as much chance of Hull and Newcastle winning as there is of Rafael Benitez showing up at Old Trafford with a bottle of bubbly!"

2203: Macca doesn't hang around, not where Player Rater is concerned, anyway: "Well that got a bit more lively, but in Player Rater land the numbers have gone in the opposite direction. Best of a bad bunch is Peter Crouch, standing tall on an almost respectable 6.77. There's still time for you to have a rate."
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2201: Sunday's fixtures at the bottom of the Premier League:
Aston Villa v Newcastle
Hull City v Man Utd
Sunderland v Chelsea
West Ham v Middlesbrough
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BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge: "None of the sides who are down there are good enough to get out of it, are they? We saw a mid-range side beat a team who are down there for a reason, that's what happened here. Also, Sunderland's goal difference is now worse than Newcastle's."


2157: Full-time Portsmouth 3-1 Sunderland
To think, it was fairly dull at half-time, wasn't it? Sunderland face a very, very anxious wait until Sunday now, and the day itself is going to be horrible for everyone involved - it's still two from Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Hull and Sunderland to go down.

2154: What a sideshow. Every Linvoy Primus touch is being cheered louder than anything they'll have heard at Portsmouth all season long. Cult hero doesn't even begin to do this justice.

2152: Cheers reverberate around Fratton Park for Linvoy Primus, who comes on to make his first appearance for the club in two years and gets a standing ovation in the process. He's got a smile etched all over his face and Peter Crouch is the man taken off. Crouch waves to the Pompey faithful - was that a goodbye? Into injury time now.

2151: Djibril Cisse heads a left-wing cross into the ground and wide from about three yards. It's as bad as Kenwyne Jones's miss. Shocker.


2149: GOAL Portsmouth 3-1 Sunderland
Seconds after Kenwyne Jones' gilt-edged chance, it's game over. John Utaka cuts in from the Pompey right and skips past a couple of challenges before sending Armand Traore into space down the left - he gets into the Sunderland box and drills a shot across Marton Fulop and into the far corner.

2148: Kenwyne Jones has to score. Far post, six yards out from Carlos Edwards's cross and he heads it straight at Asmir Begovic.

2147: Calum Davenport hits a sweet volley that deflects off Hermann Hreidarsson and flies behind, before Djibril Cisse slams another cracking effort from eight yards a whisker wide of Asmir Begovic's left-hand post with the debutant nowhere near.

2146: Sunderland bring on Daryl Murphy for Grant Leadbitter. Three strikers on the pitch now for the visitors, and five minutes plus stoppages remain.

2145: Sunderland hit an aimless ball towards Carlos Edwards down the right and it runs out for a goalkick. Not a great idea when you've got the two boys up front to hit now. Is there time for a dramatic leveller?

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From Rob in Boro, via text on 81111: "The referee's indecision on Portsmouth's first goal should go down well if Sunderland go on to get relegated."

2141: Teemu Tainio is taken off and replaced by Djibril Cisse, who goes straight up alongside Kenwyne Jones for the Black Cats. But is it too late?

2140: Danny Collins' cross from the left is volleyed goalwards by Kenwyne Jones, but Asmir Begovic does well to get across and make the save to deny Sunderland a leveller.

2139: Teemu Tainio flicks a free-kick sideways to Phil Bardsley and he hits a screamer from 40 yards that bends just away from goal and sails a couple of feet wide of Asmir Begovic's left-hand post. Djibril Cisse is being readied.

2137: These are the Sunderland subs: Colgan, Cisse, Murphy, Reid, Healy, McShane. I'd go Andy Reid and Djibril Cisse. Get 'em on, Ricky. Now.

2135: Kieran Richardson's shooting has been shambolic today - he bursts forward from midfield but skies it 10 yards over from well outside the penalty area. Ricky Sbragia looks distraught on the Sunderland bench, as well he might be.

BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge: "We've got a much better tempo from both teams, we've got mistakes being made in both halves and we've got two teams who are actually trying to win this game now."

2133: Asmir Begovic gets down to his left to make a decent, sprawling stop to deny Grant Leadbitter's low right-foot, 30-yard drive.

2131: Sunderland have 20 minutes plus stoppages to get back into this game - they haven't got any time to waste.


2129: GOAL Portsmouth 2-1 Sunderland
Grimaces all round from Sunderland, because if that's the goal that sends them down, it's an absolute howler. A long punt downfield from Asmir Begovic sees Anton Ferdinand swing and miss the ball completely with his right foot, leaving John Utaka clean through. He takes it round Marton Fulop and Phil Bardsley, in trying to get back and prevent the goal, bundles it over the line for an own goal.

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From I've seen Rafa smile on 606: "Looking at the replay, John Utaka's shirt was being pulled. Maybe he was giving a pen and played advantage? If not, that is some dreadful refereeing."
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2127: Replays suggest referee Alan Wiley was about to blow up for a free-kick just before Portsmouth scored their leveller. Not sure why, but we'll try to find out.

2125: Kenwyne Jones lays the ball off to Kieran Richardson on the edge of the Portsmouth penalty area and his left-foot shot is drilled wide. Sunderland, despite giving up their lead so quickly, fancy this now.

2125: Someone call 999, this game is on fire. Sunderland have a corner half-cleared and Teemu Tainio lashes in a fierce volley from nearly 30 yards that flies a yard or two wide of Asmir Begovic's left-hand post. Whoosh.

2124: Note to self: never try and understand football. Never, ever, ever, ever.


2121: GOAL Portsmouth 1-1 Sunderland
Hang on, what's going on? You wait 12.5 hours for one... Peter Crouch goes up for a header halfway into the Sunderland half, he nods it towards Grant Leadbitter and the midfielder cannot react quickly enough, heading it into John Utaka's path - the Nigerian holds off a Black Cats defender and rifles past Marton Fulop for his first goal of the season. He's promptly booked for taking his shirt off.


2120: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Sunderland
That's the best assist from a centre-half all season long (send the examples). Calum Davenport brings the ball out from the back for Sunderland and fairly speeds down the right-hand side. When he looks like he is running out of steam, he sends over a dreamy cross so that Kenwyne Jones does not even have to break stride, poking past Asmir Begovic from eight yards.

2119: It's nearly 12-and-a-half hours since either of these boys scored a goal in the Premier League. A stat I think I can safely say we all believe.

2118: John Utaka chases on to a pass into the Sunderland box and he crashes into Calum Davenport, a full-blooded collision, with the ball looping agonisingly past Marton Fulop's left-hand post with the keeper struggling to get back to save.

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From Zippy, George and Bungle on 606: "Ahh good, the game is slowly becoming a farce and the only creative player is coming off due to injury. I sense that the 0-0 predo is about to come true."
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2115: Sunderland bring on Carlos Edwards for Steed Malbranque, who has picked up an injury to compound his miserable evening.

2112: Glen Johnson hits an horrific free-kick - seriously, I couldn't even bring myself to watch the replay. His run-up is straight - never a good sign - and he doesn't connect, but it gets a deflection to spare him some embarrassment. Heavens above.

2111: Much better from Portsmouth and Sunderland are struggling a little bit - Danny Collins brings down Peter Crouch and Pompey have a free-kick just under 25 yards out, right of centre...

BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge: "This the perfect example of a team being set up wrong - Portsmouth were all wrong in the first half, and now we have got Traore and a bit of width on the pitch, we'll get a better performance from them. Players get a lot of the blame, but on this occasion it wasn't really their fault."

2108: Armand Traore steals the ball off the unusually careless Steed Malbranque and he gets away down the left, but his cross is a fraction behind Peter Crouch and his heads loops over the bar.

2107: Younes Kaboul and Armand Traore are on for Kanu and Richard Hughes for Portsmouth in the second half. Hughes' 100th start for Pompey was an evening to forget.

2106: I won't say it can't get worse, because that just ruins it even more for everybody. What I can tell you, is that Portsmouth have got us started in the second half, after a frankly pathetic 18-minute half-time. Come on football, show your face.

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From Neil, Arborfield, via text on 81111: "I've never been so bored watching a game of football. It's low, low quality. Can't the FA invent a rule so both these teams get relegated?"

2101: This was some chat Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn gave to Radio 5 Live before tonight's game, if you're interested: "The club has a great future if we stay in the Premier League. We hope to make a couple of strategic announcements shortly. We may be in the strongest financial position going forward that the club has even been in. That is reliant on us staying in the Premier League. We will get over that line and hopefully be able to plan more strategically."

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From Alex, asleep in the Fratton End, via text on 81111: "Has anybody worked out the point of a Hayden Mullins? It just seems to stand there and occasionally give the ball away..."

2056: Can Macca bring a silver lining to the cloud that is hanging over proceedings on the south coast? "Oh I say, that wasn't much fun was it? I tell you what is: Player Rater, that's what. Peter Crouch will no doubt agree when he checks out the half-time ratings, with the big man standing head and shoulders above the rest on 7.38. Why not pop over and have some fun?"
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From August 2009 - The Return Of Rosicky (hopefully) on 606: "This is a terrible performance from Sunderland against a team that is barely trying. And yet there are four teams in the league worse than them."
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2048: Half-time Portsmouth 0-0 Sunderland
Well it certainly livened up a little towards the end of the half, though I cannot help but feel that Sunderland especially could afford to be a bit more adventurous, especially given Pompey's obvious lethargy.

2047: Calum Davenport tries to head goalwards from Grant Leadbitter's inswinger, but he clashes heads with Sylvain Distin and they both need a little bit of treatment.

2046: It's got lively, all of a sudden. There's a minute left in the first half and Sunderland have a corner. Let them carry on for a bit, ref...

2044: So, we're 1-1 in roll-along-the-goalline-having-hit-the-post-headers. Who bet on that?


2043: Sunderland might not get any closer. Danny Collins does some good work down the left and the ball falls to Steed Malbranque on the Black Cats' right. Steed Malbranque takes a touch and swings over a cross, Kenwyne Jones climbs high and sees his glancing header hit the base of Asmir Begovic's right-hand post, roll across the goalline and drift away to safety.

2042: Kieran Richardson strolls forward through the centre-circle, but his pass in the vague direction of Kenwyne Jones is so poorly mis-directed, so poorly weighted, that Sol Campbell picks it up easily.

2041: I wonder how long nothing has to happen for before the game just dies? Both teams trade long balls, gifting possession to the other team. Woe is me.

BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge: "It's not very good, to be honest, is it? We're not getting much from either side and you can't blame Portsmouth too much given their position. As for Sunderland, I think they'll be more than happy to go away with a 0-0."

2035: I take it all back - he is worth £15m! A gorgeous back-heel from Kenwyne Jones on the edge of the Pompey box frees up a little bit of space for Kieran Richardson, but with Sol Campbell launching himself at the midfielder, he lashes over the crossbar with his trusty left foot. Great work from Jones.

2033: Phil Bardsley swings another right-wing cross into the Pompey box and Kenwyne Jones does well to control the ball and hold on to it - but having done the difficult bit, his pass back to the edge of the area finds no-one remotely near in a Sunderland shirt.

2032: OK, it's beyond training game. My 5-a-side team play at a more frantic pace than this, and we're rubbish (and lost 5-3 tonight, in my absence, I believe. Unlucky boys).

2030: I won't lie to you, there's still not a lot happening. Asmir Begovic must think the Premier League is a doddle.

2027: This is like a training game for Portsmouth, like a pre-season warm-up match. Grant Leadbitter shoots well wide from 30 yards for Sunderland, who just might not get another chance so presentable to secure their Premier League status.

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Chris, via text on 81111: "See 2013) Both Asmir Begovic and Peter Crouch are 198cm, the joint tallest players in the Premier League. I am 199cm. So I win."

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2024: Phil Bardsley gets into two crossing positions down the Sunderland right, but his first one is cleared and his second one loops over the head of Kenwyne Jones at the back stick.

2023: Anton Ferdinand picked up a cut above his eye, but he's back on and will be OK. Sunderland are perhaps enjoying a fraction more possession, but not a great deal is happening in a hurry.

2020: Peter Crouch and Anton Ferdinand clash in the Sunderland area and the home fans want a penalty, but Alan Wiley rightly gives nothing and gets treatment for both players.

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From safcscanny on 606: "This is too open for my liking. I think you have jinxed this match as it is going to be the most exciting 0-0 of all time or a seven-goal thriller. Either way it's not dull."
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BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge: "It doesn't look like either side needs to do too much to win this game tonight. I think Sunderland should be quite confident of knocking the ball around and wrapping it all up here."

2016: Shhhhhhhhh. Very quiet at Fratton Park at the moment, presumably because the hosts have got absolutely nothing riding on this whatsoever. Sunderland should have just scored, though - Dean Whitehead's 18-yard shot is deflected and saved by Asmir Begovic, while Steed Malbranque completely mis-kicks from six yards and the keeper gratefully grasps on to the ball at the second attempt.

2013: I've just noticed how tall Asmir Begovic is. Blimey, that's a unit. I'd happily bet he's not giving anything away in height to the popularly-large Peter Crouch, you know.

2011: Grant Leadbitter sends Danny Collins away down the Sunderland left and his cross is met first time on the volley by Steed Malbranque 18 yards out, but he arrows it a couple of yards wide.

2009: Sunderland have a free-kick 30 yards out plus, left of centre, and Kieran Richardson spanks it miles over the bar. Get it in the mixer, son.

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From Tom, rich Tottenham fan, via text on 81111: "See 2002. To be fair, we'd still spend £15m on Kenwyne Jones. Ability doesn't seem to come in to our transfer policy, see Darren Bent, David Bentley, Roman Pavlyuchenko..."


2005: Unbelievable scenes early on - how has Peter Crouch not scored? After great work from Glen Johnson down the right, his first header is blocked and his second header hits the post and rolls along the goalline, Anton Ferdinand eventually clearing his line. Heart in mouth time already.

2003: Phil Bardsley whips over a low cross from the Sunderland right and it's a nice, comfortable first touch for debutant Asmir Begovic.

2002: Ricky Sbragia has a quiet word in the shell-like of Kenwyne Jones just prior to kick-off - hard to believe the big striker was linked with a £15m move to Spurs in January, such has been his poor form since. Belatedly, the Mackems get us under way.

1959: Remember: win, and Sunderland are safe. Draw or lose, and it's going down to the wire. Their survival could depend on how good Asmir Begovic is.

1957: The teams are out at Fratton Park. Massive night for Sunderland, nothing doing for Portsmouth.

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From Captain_Cabinets on 606: "Anyone else think Middlesbrough will stay up this season? Scraping a 1-0 win over West Ham should be enough in my opinion, with Hull losing to Man Utd and Newcastle losing to Villa."
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1952: This is Sunderland's longest trip of the league season, quite obviously - not the best for a Monday evening, if you're honest. It's 336 miles (541 kilometres), so if you're a Black Cat and you're at Fratton Park, my word you are owed a performance tonight.

1950: Here's some astonishing news for you to get to grips with: for our next trick, the live text for the Uefa Cup final on Wednesday will have auto refresh. Regular punters - calm yourselves. I kid you not, it's actually happening. It's almost here, at long last.

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From Colin, London, via text on 81111: "Been Sunlun all me life. Yet another season with a critical ending. Great club to support for drama. Oh for mid-table obscurity."

1944: I'm not trying to be flippant, though. I've got a lot of time for both these boys, but something tells me Hart's heart isn't in it full-time, while Sbragia has got no chance after their struggles in the past few months. What is clear is that if both clubs do survive this season, and we're halfway towards that happening, then they would certainly owe their interim gaffers a huge debt of gratitude.

1941: Am I the only one who thinks that Paul Hart and Ricky Sbragia each have only two more matches left as a Premier League manager? That should kick off some chat, at least...

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From YTFC Jon on 606: "Asmir Begovic played for Yeovil Town on loan at the start of the season. He wasn't bad, but not as good as the legendary Chris Weale. I'd be inclined to say Sunderland have a much better chance of scoring tonight than if James was in goal. No disrespect to Begovic though, he did OK at the Glovers."
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1934: It's worth explaining, that one - and to do so, let me take you back in time, to 18 April, 2009. That is the date that each of these two teams last scored in the Premier League: Portsmouth have gone 372 scoreless minutes since Kanu bagged against Bolton; Sunderland haven't netted in 315 minutes since Djibril Cisse notched against Hull. Fair, then?

1930: Stevo's Predo (more to follow on this):
Portsmouth 0-0 Sunderland*
Lawro's prediction

* (Minus figures not allowed)

1927: So, the previously unheard of Asmir Begovic is in goal for Portsmouth after David James injured himself in training on Sunday. John Utaka and Kanu also come into the side as replacements for Younes Kaboul and Nadir Belhadj, who drop to the bench. Sunderland name an unchanged side from the one that claimed a vital draw at Bolton last week. The point earned at the Reebok was their first in eight games.

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From Jake, via text on 81111: "Got me a tenner on Sunderland tonight. I just never learned the value of money as a child."

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn: "Ricky Sbragia's been a breath of fresh air - don't forget he hasn't bought a player since he became manager and we got rid of about eight for him! Whatever happens, he's been a great servant to this club."

1922: Asmir Begovic makes his first start for Portsmouth tonight, the Yugoslavia-born Canadian goalkeeper replacing the injured David James, who has picked up a thigh injury. James has played every minute of Pompey's Premier League campaign this season.

1921: Portsmouth v Sunderland line-ups
Portsmouth: Begovic, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Utaka, Davis, Mullins, Hughes, Kanu, Crouch.
Subs: Ashdown, Primus, Kaboul, Nugent, Traore, Basinas, Belhadj.
Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Davenport, Ferdinand, Collins, Tainio, Malbranque, Whitehead, Leadbitter, Richardson, Jones.
Subs: Colgan, Edwards, Cisse, Murphy, Reid, Healy, McShane.
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire).

1920: Where's your money? Where's your chat? Hit me, with all sorts of your best banter. Send those texts on 81111 (if you're at FP you score double) and join up and join in on 606. They don't bite, honest.
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1918: Draw or lose, and Sunderland's fate will not be decided until the last day of the season, when they play host to Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on Sunday. Safe to say they'd be quite happy to wrap it all up right here, right now, then?

1915: Without even kicking a ball, Portsmouth's future in the Premier League was guaranteed for another season at least on Saturday when Newcastle lost at home to Fulham. No such luxuries for Sunderland, who can secure their own survival by winning at Fratton Park tonight.

It's officially the business end of the season.

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1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

see also
Portsmouth 3-1 Sunderland
18 May 09 |  Premier League

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