BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Football: Eng Div 1  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Teams
Statistics
FA Cup
Eng Prem
Internationals
Champions League
Uefa Cup
Eng Div 1
Eng Div 2
Eng Div 3
Eng Conf
Scot Prem
Scottish Cup
Scot Div 1
Scot Div 2
Scot Div 3
Europe
Africa
League of Wales
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 22:50 GMT
Brighton 1-1 Portsmouth

Division One leaders Portsmouth were held to a draw by bottom of the table Brighton at the Withdean Stadium.

The result will come as a boost to Portsmouth's automatic promotion rivals of Leicester and Sheffield United, who will have gained hope of overhauling the south-coast club's title lead.

Portsmouth have suffered a recent slump recently with just one win in their last nine games and it showed no signs of improving at Brighton.

Bobby Zamora put the Seagulls ahead before Svetoslav Todorov equalised for the visitors.

Brighton were the first team to threaten first in the game with Paul Brooker shooting wide from just outside the penalty area before Graham Barrett had a similar effort blocked by Hayden Foxe.

Telling substitution

Zamora then missed the target after finding the ball at his feet six yards out.

Zamora was similarly wasteful shortly after, although this time it was the supporters to Hislop's right who were ducking for cover.

It was a different story after the interval, with Brighton's on-loan goalkeeper Ben Roberts thankful for the woodwork in keeping out the first of two Nigel Quashie strikes in as many minutes.

The expected Portsmouth surge did not materialise, not least until Zamora had put Brighton ahead with a low left-footed drive from Brooker's pass.

The lead lasted just 10 minutes, however, with the introduction of Nigerian debutant Yacubu Ayegbini in place of Vincent Pericard crucial in Portsmouth's equaliser.

Ayegbini, who received international clearance this week following his loan move from Maccabi Haifa, forced Roberts into a stunning fingertip save.

And, from the resulting corner, Todorov supplied the finish.


Brighton: Roberts, Mayo, Cullip, Pethick, Watson, Oatway, Carpenter, Brooker, Jones, Zamora, Barrett. Subs: Blackwell, Hart, Packham, Kitson, Piercy.

Portsmouth: Hislop, Foxe, Tavlaridis, Diabate, Pericard, Stone, Quashie, Primus, Taylor, Todorov, Merson. Subs: Crowe, Harper, Ayegbini, Kawaguchi, Burton.

Referee: M Messias (N Yorkshire)

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
Brighton boss Steve Coppell
"It was close enough for us to win the game"
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp
"It was always going to be a tough game"
Portsmouth's Linvoy Primus
"They closed us down quite a bit"

Sunday's game

Saturday's games

Friday's game

SPORTS TALK

DIV ONE STATISTICS
Click here for all the latest from the My Club section


Match coverage
Click here for all the latest from the My Club section


Match coverage
Links to more Eng Div 1 stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Eng Div 1 stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales