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Sheff Utd   1 - 0   Portsmouth

Sheff Utd 1-0 Portsmouth

Sheffield Utd 1-0 Portsmouth

Luckless Portsmouth were left to rue a string of missed chances as a late Ched Evans free-kick gave Sheffield United a scarcely deserved win.

Blades goalkeeper Steve Simonsen kept his side in the game with saves from David Nugent, Liam Lawrence and the impressive John Utaka.

But Evans fired in the decisive goal from 25 yards, 13 minutes from time, with the hosts' first shot on target.

The defeat leaves Pompey rooted to the bottom of the Championship table.

Evans may have been United's match-winner but the home side were indebted to an inspired Simonsen, who made a string of fine saves to keep Portsmouth at bay.

Both sides were looking to respond to heavy midweek defeats, where they shipped four goals apiece, and it was Portsmouth who carved out the first opening when Utaka cut inside his marker and fired a low shot that brought a stunning save from Simonsen.

Pompey continued to press, with Utaka a constant threat down the left, and Nugent should have done better with a 15-yard effort after Michael Brown's pass.

The Blades finally created a chance on 40 minutes when Evans made good progress down the left and pulled back for Johnny Ertl, who sliced his shot wide from the edge of the area.

Utaka was again the architect for Pompey early in the second half when he beat Jean Calve with ease before seeing his shot blocked by Ertl, before Nugent's header at the far post was clawed away by Simonsen.

The keeper then made a stretching save to deny Liam Lawrence, who had played a neat one-two with Nugent on the edge of the area.

The onslaught from the visitors continued and Simonsen came to the dismal hosts' rescue yet again when he tipped Lawrence's free-kick around the post with a flying save.

But Pompey were unable to force an opener and with 13 minutes remaining, they paid the price. After Carl Dickinson had handled, Evans stepped up and thumped a low effort past Jamie Ashdown that went in off the post.

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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Utd 1-0 Portsmouth FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Evans 77

    Sheff Utd

    • 01 Simonsen
    • 02 Jordan
    • 05 Morgan (Nosworthy 24)
    • 06 Ertl yellow card
    • 12 Calve
    • 23 Bartley
    • 04 Montgomery (Quinn 53)
    • 08 Britton
    • 09 Evans (Yeates 80)
    • 17 Cresswell
    • 18 Ward yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 13 Aksalu,
    • 03 Nosworthy,
    • 16 Taylor,
    • 34 Lowton,
    • 11 Yeates,
    • 28 Quinn,
    • 10 Bogdanovic

    Portsmouth

    • 01 Ashdown
    • 03 Dickinson yellow card
    • 20 Ward (Ciftci 89)
    • 33 Rocha
    • 04 Mokoena
    • 07 Lawrence
    • 08 Mullins
    • 11 Brown yellow card
    • 17 Utaka
    • 10 Nugent (Kanu 80)
    • 18 Kitson

    Substitutes

    • 37 Flahavan,
    • 25 Sonko,
    • 05 Ritchie,
    • 22 Hughes,
    • 24 Ciftci,
    • 27 Kanu
    Ref: HegleyAtt: 20,712
    SHEFF UTD
    PORTSMOUTH

    Possession

    • Sheff Utd 47%
    • Portsmouth 53%

    Attempts on target

    • Sheff Utd 4
    • Portsmouth 9

    Attempts off target

    • Sheff Utd 2
    • Portsmouth 6

    Corners

    • Sheff Utd 2
    • Portsmouth 5

    Fouls

    • Sheff Utd 16
    • Portsmouth 11
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+3:42 Aaron Mokoena concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Cresswell. Direct free kick taken by Leon Britton.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:20 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+3:20 Nwankwo Kanu takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a comfortable save.
    • 90:00+2:50 Jamie Ward takes a shot. Ricardo Rocha gets a block in.
    • 90:00+0:35 The ball is crossed by Dave Kitson, clearance by Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 88:58 Substitution Nadir Ciftci joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joel Ward.
    • 88:07 Jamie Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Dickinson. Carl Dickinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:19 Ricardo Rocha challenges Jamie Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.
    • 86:27 The ball is swung over by Stephen Quinn, save by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 85:49 Mark Yeates crosses the ball, Shot from close range by Richard Cresswell misses to the left of the target.
    • 84:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown by Stephen Jordan. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Liam Lawrence, save by Steve Simonsen.
    • 84:01 Liam Lawrence delivers the ball, Kyle Bartley makes a clearance.
    • 83:47 Mark Yeates is adjudged to have handled the ball. Liam Lawrence takes the indirect free kick.
    • 83:38 The ball is crossed by Mark Yeates, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance.
    • 83:10 Liam Lawrence produces a cross, Dave Kitson takes a shot.
    • 82:49 Centre by Joel Ward, clearance made by Kyle Bartley.
    • 81:19 Centre by Stephen Jordan. Jamie Ward sends in a cross. Richard Cresswell takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Ashdown. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn from the right by-line, save by Jamie Ashdown. Kyle Bartley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Ashdown. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 79:26 Substitution Mark Yeates on for Ched Evans.
    • 79:26 Substitution Nwankwo Kanu is brought on as a substitute for David Nugent.
    • 79:26 Effort on goal by Dave Kitson from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 77:54 Unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Kyle Bartley results in a free kick. Hayden Mullins restarts play with the free kick. Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Johnny Ertl gets a block in.
    • 76:02 Assist by Stephen Quinn.
    • 76:02 GOAL - Ched EvansSheff Utd 1 - 0 Portsmouth Ched Evans finds the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-0 Portsmouth.
    • 74:52 The referee penalises Carl Dickinson for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ward.
    • 72:57 Dave Kitson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Bartley. Free kick taken by Jean Calve.
    • 72:34 Jamie Ward takes a shot. Aaron Mokoena gets a block in. The ball is sent over by Ched Evans, Aaron Mokoena makes a clearance.
    • 72:05 The ball is swung over by Jean Calve, Joel Ward makes a clearance.
    • 71:21 Unfair challenge on Aaron Mokoena by Stephen Quinn results in a free kick. Liam Lawrence takes the direct free kick.
    • 70:20 The official flags John Utaka offside. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:53 Ched Evans crosses the ball.
    • 67:31 David Nugent produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 64:56 John Utaka challenges Leon Britton unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stephen Jordan.
    • 63:56 Joel Ward crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by John Utaka misses to the left of the goal.
    • 62:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Dickinson by Richard Cresswell. Carl Dickinson takes the free kick.
    • 60:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence by Kyle Bartley. Shot on goal comes in from Liam Lawrence from the free kick, save by Steve Simonsen. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Liam Lawrence, clearance by Ched Evans.
    • 59:58 Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:58 Booking Jamie Ward is cautioned.
    • 59:43 Jamie Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Brown.
    • 59:01 Joel Ward produces a cross, blocked by Stephen Jordan.
    • 57:59 Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.
    • 57:17 Kyle Bartley concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Mokoena. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 56:17 Free kick taken by Jean Calve.
    • 56:17 Booking The referee books Carl Dickinson for unsporting behaviour.
    • 55:31 Jean Calve fouled by Carl Dickinson, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 54:32 Jamie Ward delivers the ball, blocked by Hayden Mullins.
    • 53:36 The ball is delivered by Jamie Ward, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 53:08 Liam Lawrence delivers the ball, David Nugent takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.
    • 52:29 Substitution Stephen Quinn comes on in place of Nick Montgomery.
    • 50:27 John Utaka takes a shot. Nick Montgomery gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, save by Steve Simonsen.
    • 49:29 The referee blows for offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.
    • 48:45 Liam Lawrence crosses the ball, clearance by Kyle Bartley.
    • 47:18 David Nugent crosses the ball, save made by Steve Simonsen.
    • 47:02 Centre by Johnny Ertl, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:24 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+0:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Jordan on Carl Dickinson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Liam Lawrence from right wing, save by Jean Calve.
    • 45:00+0:09 Foul by Nick Montgomery on Carl Dickinson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.
    • 43:46 Liam Lawrence is caught offside. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
    • 41:21 Johnny Ertl has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
    • 40:16 A cross is delivered by Johnny Ertl, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance.
    • 38:33 Centre by Joel Ward, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy. Outswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, clearance made by Leon Britton.
    • 37:17 The ball is delivered by Joel Ward, Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:42 The ball is crossed by Jean Calve, Joel Ward manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:47 The ball is swung over by Joel Ward, David Nugent takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Nyron Nosworthy gets a block in.
    • 34:05 Aaron Mokoena concedes a free kick for a foul on Ched Evans. Kyle Bartley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:32 Direct free kick taken by Aaron Mokoena.
    • 32:32 Booking Johnny Ertl goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 32:01 Johnny Ertl challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 30:27 Direct free kick taken by Kyle Bartley.
    • 30:27 Booking Michael Brown goes into the referee's book.
    • 29:52 Leon Britton fouled by Michael Brown, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 27:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Jordan on Dave Kitson. Joel Ward takes the free kick.
    • 25:14 Liam Lawrence decides to take a short corner.
    • 23:35 Substitution Nyron Nosworthy replaces Chris Morgan.
    • 21:50 The ball is crossed by John Utaka.
    • 21:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown by Richard Cresswell. Direct free kick taken by Michael Brown.
    • 19:40 Dave Kitson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Morgan. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:05 Foul by Leon Britton on Michael Brown, free kick awarded. Aaron Mokoena takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:30 Unfair challenge on Jamie Ward by John Utaka results in a free kick. Kyle Bartley takes the free kick.
    • 17:28 Long range shot by Dave Kitson goes wide right of the target.
    • 17:20 The ball is sent over by Richard Cresswell, clearance made by Hayden Mullins.
    • 15:01 David Nugent is ruled offside. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 13:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Dave Kitson. Stephen Jordan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Hayden Mullins.
    • 11:29 Centre by Jean Calve, Carl Dickinson manages to make a clearance.
    • 10:50 Outswinging corner taken by Jean Calve from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by David Nugent.
    • 10:30 The ball is swung over by Jamie Ward, Aaron Mokoena manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:22 David Nugent takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.
    • 7:24 Unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell by Aaron Mokoena results in a free kick. Jamie Ward crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
    • 5:43 The ball is delivered by Dave Kitson.
    • 5:33 David Nugent produces a cross.
    • 4:50 Hayden Mullins is caught offside. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
    • 3:39 Foul by Richard Cresswell on Liam Lawrence, free kick awarded. Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:33 A cross is delivered by Liam Lawrence, Header from close range by Ricardo Rocha misses to the right of the goal.
    • 1:59 John Utaka takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, clearance by Kyle Bartley.
    • 1:36 A cross is delivered by Stephen Jordan, clearance made by Carl Dickinson.
    • 1:06 Johnny Ertl delivers the ball, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 18 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 7 17 19
    2 Ipswich 7 4 14
    3 Cardiff 7 6 13
    4 Norwich 7 2 13
    5 Watford 7 7 12
    6 Swansea 7 3 12
    7 Doncaster 7 2 12
    8 Burnley 7 3 11
    9 Millwall 7 2 11
    10 Barnsley 7 1 11
    11 Coventry 7 1 11
    12 Leeds 7 0 11
    13 Middlesbrough 7 -3 10
    14 Sheff Utd 7 -5 10
    15 Scunthorpe 7 1 9
    16 Reading 7 1 9
    17 Nott'm Forest 7 0 8
    18 Hull 7 -4 8
    19 Crystal Palace 7 -4 7
    20 Derby 7 -4 5
    21 Bristol City 7 -6 5
    22 Leicester 7 -6 5
    23 Preston 7 -9 3
    24 Portsmouth 7 -9 2