Portsmouth 0-0 Swansea

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Portsmouth   0 - 0   Swansea

Portsmouth 0-0 Swansea

Highlights - Portsmouth 0-0 Swansea

Swansea's hopes of challenging for second spot in the Championship were dealt a severe blow as their away-day blues continued at Portsmouth.

The dull goalless draw at mid-table Pompey halted a run of four straight defeats on their travels, but the promotion hopefuls hardly threatened.

Aaron Mokoena wasted Pompey's best chance, sending a free header wide.

Scott Sinclair sliced a volley from six yards as Swansea pressed late, before Stephen Dobbie's drive was well saved.

The result leaves Swansea in fifth place, six points adrift of second-placed Norwich City, with only three games remaining.

Portsmouth, meanwhile, are meandering towards the end of the season with nothing to play for having climbed away from any relegation trouble in 14th place.

The home side shaded a first half low on quality, with both sides guilty of poor passing and a general lack of composure.

The only real openings came in the opening 10 minutes when defender Mokoena should have done better with a header from six yards, before Kevin Nugent's rasping low drive from 30 yards went wide.

Swansea, who had been urged to play without fear by manager Brendan Rodgers before the game, managed just one effort on goal before the break when Sinclair dragged a long-range harmlessly effort wide.

Sinclair, Swansea's top scorer with 22 goals, flashed another drive wide shortly after the break, a shot which this time caused at least some degree of alarm to Jamie Ashdown in the Pompey goal.

Kanu had come on after 38 minutes to replace the injured Dave Kitson, and the 34-year-old Nigerian spurned a half chance early in the second half when his hesitancy allowed Angel Rangel to nick the ball away as he prepared to shoot.

'Defensive spirit' pleases Rodgers

The visitors struggled to impose their trademark slick passing style as the game wore on without incident, but Rodgers' side did finally begin to exert some pressure as they strived for the vital three points in the final 10 minutes.

Sinclair had the goal at his mercy but failed to connect cleanly with make a left-foot volley from six yards, allowing Ashdown to save comfortably.

Angel Rangel's screams for a penalty were ignored as the Catalan right-back went down under Carl Dickinson's challenge in the box.

And the late flourish ended with Ashdown blocking substitute Dobbie's fierce effort, with Nathan Dyer then inches away from poking the ball home after a desperate goalmouth scramble.

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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 0-0 Swansea FT
(HT 0-0)

      Portsmouth

      • 01 Ashdown
      • 02 Halford
      • 03 Dickinson
      • 05 De Laet (Webber 73)
      • 06 Hreidarsson yellow card
      • 20 Ward
      • 04 Mokoena
      • 08 Mullins
      • 14 Hogg yellow card
      • 10 Nugent yellow card
      • 18 Kitson yellow card (Kanu 36)

      Substitutes

      • 37 Flahavan,
      • 25 Sonko,
      • 09 Webber,
      • 27 Kanu

      Swansea

      • 01 De Vries
      • 02 Williams
      • 05 Tate
      • 16 Monk yellow card
      • 22 Rangel
      • 08 Pratley
      • 12 Dyer
      • 21 Sinclair (Beattie 84)
      • 27 Gower
      • 37 Britton yellow card
      • 15 Borini yellow card (Dobbie 90)

      Substitutes

      • 25 Ma-Kalambay,
      • 03 Taylor,
      • 10 Orlandi,
      • 24 Allen,
      • 09 Beattie,
      • 14 Dobbie,
      • 19 Moore
      Ref: DeadmanAtt: 15,907
      PORTSMOUTH
      SWANSEA

      Possession

      • Portsmouth 51%
      • Swansea 49%

      Attempts on target

      • Portsmouth 1
      • Swansea 2

      Attempts off target

      • Portsmouth 4
      • Swansea 2

      Corners

      • Portsmouth 5
      • Swansea 4

      Fouls

      • Portsmouth 17
      • Swansea 11
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+5:56 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
      • 90:00+5:01 Mark Gower takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Jonathan Hogg.
      • 90:00+3:49 The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Beattie. Indirect free kick taken by Hayden Mullins.
      • 90:00+3:02 Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
      • 90:00+1:17 Booking The referee books Leon Britton for unsporting behaviour.
      • 90:00+0:42 Foul by Leon Britton on Jonathan Hogg, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Hayden Mullins.
      • 89:40 Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Stephen Dobbie coming on for Fabio Borini.
      • 86:22 Centre by Danny Webber, save by Dorus De Vries.
      • 85:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Mokoena on Fabio Borini. Free kick taken by Mark Gower.
      • 85:17 Booking Jonathan Hogg is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 84:57 Foul by Jonathan Hogg on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Garry Monk.
      • 83:30 Greg Halford sends in a cross.
      • 82:49 Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Craig Beattie coming on for Scott Sinclair.
      • 82:49 Booking Garry Monk is shown a yellow card.
      • 82:23 David Nugent fouled by Garry Monk, the ref awards a free kick. Hayden Mullins takes the direct free kick.
      • 82:05 Scott Sinclair takes a shot from 6 yards. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
      • 76:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Britton on Hayden Mullins. Free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.
      • 74:46 Corner taken by Hayden Mullins, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.
      • 73:58 Outswinging corner taken by Hayden Mullins from the right by-line.
      • 72:38 Substitution Danny Webber joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ritchie De Laet.
      • 69:05 Leon Britton produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 68:40 Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Gower, Hermann Hreidarsson makes a clearance.
      • 68:34 Scott Sinclair crosses the ball, clearance made by Ritchie De Laet.
      • 67:18 Foul by Hermann Hreidarsson on Scott Sinclair, free kick awarded. Mark Gower delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Nwankwo Kanu manages to make a clearance.
      • 66:34 Foul by Hayden Mullins on Scott Sinclair, free kick awarded. Leon Britton takes the free kick.
      • 65:45 Hermann Hreidarsson takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
      • 65:26 Booking Fabio Borini is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 65:09 David Nugent fouled by Fabio Borini, the ref awards a free kick. Ritchie De Laet takes the direct free kick.
      • 63:39 Carl Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
      • 57:07 Corner from the left by-line taken by Hayden Mullins, Garry Monk makes a clearance.
      • 55:42 Hayden Mullins concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Pratley. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.
      • 54:58 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Gower from the left by-line to the near post, Carl Dickinson manages to make a clearance.
      • 48:45 Jonathan Hogg produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 48:35 Scott Sinclair is penalised for a handball. Ritchie De Laet restarts play with the free kick.
      • 47:25 Aaron Mokoena challenges Dorus De Vries unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.
      • 46:19 Hayden Mullins takes a corner.
      • 45:48 Scott Sinclair produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
      • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+3:48 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
      • 45:00+0:09 Ashley Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nwankwo Kanu. Free kick crossed right-footed by Hayden Mullins, save made by Dorus De Vries.
      • 43:11 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Gower from the left by-line, clearance made by Hermann Hreidarsson.
      • 40:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Williams on Nwankwo Kanu. Aaron Mokoena takes the free kick.
      • 38:17 Unfair challenge on Angel Rangel by Nwankwo Kanu results in a free kick. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.
      • 37:48 Unfair challenge on Ritchie De Laet by Scott Sinclair results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Hayden Mullins, Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.
      • 36:54 Mark Gower crosses the ball, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
      • 35:11 Substitution Nwankwo Kanu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dave Kitson.
      • 35:11 Booking The referee shows Hermann Hreidarsson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 34:56 Foul by Hermann Hreidarsson on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.
      • 33:39 Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Joel Ward results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan Dyer.
      • 28:52 Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
      • 28:52 Booking David Nugent goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
      • 28:49 Unfair challenge on Alan Tate by David Nugent results in a free kick.
      • 25:41 Angel Rangel challenges Carl Dickinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.
      • 22:58 David Nugent challenges Darren Pratley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Gower takes the free kick.
      • 22:10 Free kick crossed by Mark Gower, clearance made by Joel Ward.
      • 22:10 Booking Dave Kitson booked for unsporting behaviour.
      • 21:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Dave Kitson.
      • 17:49 Corner taken by Hayden Mullins, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garry Monk by Dave Kitson. Dorus De Vries takes the direct free kick.
      • 12:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Hogg on Scott Sinclair. Scott Sinclair restarts play with the free kick.
      • 11:37 Foul by Darren Pratley on Joel Ward, free kick awarded. Hayden Mullins takes the direct free kick.
      • 10:08 Header from deep inside the area by Hermann Hreidarsson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
      • 6:59 Fabio Borini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ritchie De Laet. Aaron Mokoena takes the free kick.
      • 5:17 David Nugent has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
      • 4:15 Foul by Dave Kitson on Leon Britton, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alan Tate.
      • 1:51 David Nugent fouled by Darren Pratley, the ref awards a free kick. Hayden Mullins crosses the ball, Aaron Mokoena produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 0:12 Foul by Carl Dickinson on Mark Gower, free kick awarded. Garry Monk takes the direct free kick.
      • 0:00 The match begins.

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      As it stood on 23 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 QPR 43 38 84
      2 Norwich 43 23 77
      3 Cardiff 43 24 76
      4 Reading 43 26 73
      5 Swansea 43 18 71
      6 Nott'm Forest 43 11 66
      7 Leeds 43 10 66
      8 Burnley 43 5 66
      9 Millwall 43 16 64
      10 Hull 43 4 63
      11 Watford 43 12 61
      12 Leicester 43 1 60
      13 Ipswich 43 -2 59
      14 Portsmouth 43 -6 56
      15 Bristol City 43 -7 54
      16 Coventry 43 -3 53
      17 Middlesbrough 43 -7 53
      18 Barnsley 43 -12 51
      19 Derby 43 -9 49
      20 Doncaster 43 -23 46
      21 Crystal Palace 43 -23 44
      22 Scunthorpe 43 -39 41
      23 Preston 43 -25 39
      24 Sheff Utd 43 -32 38

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