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Saturday, 20 October, 2001, 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK
Portsmouth 1-0 Sheff Utd
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A rare Justin Edinburgh's goal was enough to earn Portsmouth a hard-fought win at Fratton Park.

The former Spurs defender prodded home from close range to give the home side the advantage.

And Pompey held off strong pressure from the visitors after the interval to claim their fourth home win of the season.

United failed to clear a corner in the 39th minute, allowing Edinburgh to score from six yards after Peter Crouch had headed on Robert Prosinecki's corner.

Blades keeper Simon Tracey saved at full stretch from Lee Bradbury three minutes later.

He then produced a brilliant stop to deny substitute Steve Lovell in the 83rd minute, and Crouch also hit the crossbar with a volley in the closing stages.

But Blades boss Neil Warnock left the south coast wondering just how his side failed to at least earn a point.

Low shot

United forced 18 corners, and Portsmouth veteran Dave Beasant was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Beasant was called upon to block a low shot from winger Nick Montgomery in the 22nd minute after he had been put through by impressive Patrick Suffo.

And the former Southampton and Chelsea keeper did even better to keep the score goalless nine minutes later.

Michael Brown surged through on the left of the area before unleashing a left-foot drive which Beasant somehow managed to stop.

United's pessure continued after the interval but they found Beasant at his best again.

He enied Laurent D'Jaffo from close range in the 66th minute, then parried Gus Uhlenbeek's deflected cross over the bar.

Beasant had a moment of good fortune with nine minutes left when his attempted punch from a corner hit the woodwork.

Lovell should have put the result beyond doubt in the 83rd minute when put clear by Crouch, but Tracey saved at his feet.


Portsmouth: Beasant, Vincent, Hiley, Primus, Edinburgh, Harper, Prosinecki, Quashie, Barrett, Bradbury, Crouch. Subs: Tardif, Crowe, Pitt, Lovell, O'Neil.

Sheff Utd: Tracey, Uhlenbeek, Curle, Murphy, Page, Ndlovu, Brown, Tonge, Montgomery, D'Jaffo, Suffo. Subs: de Vogt, Devlin, Nicholson, Ford, Santos.

Referee: P Rejer (Tipton)

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