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Portsmouth   2 - 2   Leeds

Portsmouth 2-2 Leeds Utd

Portsmouth 2-2 Leeds Utd

Substitute Davide Somma scored with his first touch to earn Leeds United a point at Portsmouth in a match twice halted by floodlight failure.

Joel Ward fired Pompey ahead from Liam Lawrence's cutback, before Luciano Becchio levelled from close range.

John Utaka's angled drive restored Pompey's lead but Leeds equalised for a second time when Somma lashed home a minute after coming on.

The game was then interrupted twice late on when the floodlights went off.

Leeds were first to threaten when Max Gradel forced Portsmouth goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown to punch away his thumping 25-yard drive in the second minute.

Portsmouth responded and almost took the lead two minutes later when Ibrahima Sonko met Lawrence's corner with a firm header, only for the ball to rebound off the crossbar.

Greg Halford twice went close with headers from two more Lawrence corners and both David Nugent and Utaka fired off target as the home side took control.

Portsmouth deservedly made the breakthrough in the 26th minute when Lawrence weaved his way into the penalty area from the left and pulled the ball back for Ward, who crashed a right-footed shot inside the near post.

Leeds goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel then kept out Utaka's shot from inside the penalty area with a flying save.

The visitors hit back just after the break when Jonathan Howson's free-kick ran along the six-yard box and Becchio pounced to turn the ball home for his 14th goal of the season.

Portsmouth then regained the lead against the run of play when Nwankwo Kanu headed the ball into the area and Utaka arrowed a shot into the bottom corner.

Leeds sent on Somma for Sanchez Watt straight after Utaka's goal and a minute later he slammed home a fine goal for the visitors.

Becchio darted into space on the left and moved the ball on quickly for Somma to fire into Ashdown's bottom right-hand corner.

The game was temporarily halted due to floodlight failure with quarter of an hour left, but resumed shortly after with Leeds finishing the stronger.

Howson's shot from the edge of the area was turned away at full stretch by Ashdown and Snodgrass pulled his effort wide in the closing stages.

The floodlights failed again with five minutes remaining and neither side could find a winner when play resumed for a second time.

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 2-2 Leeds FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Ward 26
  • Utaka 61
  • Becchio 47
  • Somma 63

Portsmouth

  • 01 Ashdown
  • 02 Halford
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 05 De Laet (Rocha 54 yellow card)
  • 20 Ward
  • 25 Sonko
  • 07 Lawrence
  • 08 Mullins
  • 17 Utaka
  • 10 Nugent
  • 27 Kanu

Substitutes

  • 37 Flahavan,
  • 06 Hreidarsson,
  • 33 Rocha,
  • 24 Ciftci,
  • 36 Kilbey

Leeds

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 Connolly yellow card
  • 04 Bruce
  • 26 Bromby
  • 29 McCartney
  • 07 Gradel
  • 14 Howson
  • 16 Johnson
  • 23 Snodgrass
  • 10 Becchio
  • 18 Watt (Somma 62)

Substitutes

  • 12 Higgs,
  • 05 Collins,
  • 19 Parker,
  • 11 Sam,
  • 09 Paynter,
  • 27 Somma,
  • 44 McCormack
Ref: TaylorAtt: 20,040
PORTSMOUTH
LEEDS

Possession

  • Portsmouth 48%
  • Leeds 52%

Attempts on target

  • Portsmouth 3
  • Leeds 6

Attempts off target

  • Portsmouth 9
  • Leeds 5

Corners

  • Portsmouth 7
  • Leeds 4

Fouls

  • Portsmouth 10
  • Leeds 5
  • Final Result
  • 96:50 The game is suspended.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+14:00 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • Penalty resumed
  • 89:01 Effort on goal by Joel Ward from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 88:36 Luciano Becchio is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.
  • 87:46 Effort from inside the area by Robert Snodgrass misses to the left of the target.
  • 86:24 Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass, David Nugent manages to make a clearance. Shot on goal by Max Gradel from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 86:04 Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 84:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Rocha on Luciano Becchio. The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Alex Bruce goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 84:42 Booking The referee shows Ricardo Rocha a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 81:23 Close range headed effort by Ibrahima Sonko goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 78:19 Robert Snodgrass takes the inswinging corner, Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
  • 72:17 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass.
  • 66:48 Max Gradel fouled by Greg Halford, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Hayden Mullins makes a clearance.
  • 62:58 Luciano Becchio provided the assist for the goal.
  • 62:58 GOAL - Davide SommaPortsmouth 2 - 2 Leeds Davide Somma gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 2-2 Leeds.
  • 62:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Lawrence on Alex Bruce. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
  • 61:30 Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Davide Somma coming on for Sanchez Watt.
  • 60:08 Assist by Nwankwo Kanu.
  • 60:08 GOAL - John UtakaPortsmouth 2 - 1 Leeds John Utaka finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 2-1 Leeds.
  • 59:25 Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 58:10 The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Ricardo Rocha.
  • 55:10 Robert Snodgrass takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Nwankwo Kanu makes a clearance.
  • 54:07 Shot from just outside the area by Hayden Mullins misses to the left of the target.
  • 53:29 Substitution Ricardo Rocha is brought on as a substitute for Ritchie De Laet.
  • 48:53 Unfair challenge on Max Gradel by Joel Ward results in a free kick. Bradley Johnson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 46:52 The referee penalises Carl Dickinson for handball. Jonathan Howson provided the assist for the goal.
  • 46:52 GOAL - Luciano BecchioPortsmouth 1 - 1 Leeds Luciano Becchio gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 1-1 Leeds.
  • 45:15 Liam Lawrence produces a cross.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:35 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 41:40 Max Gradel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ritchie De Laet. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 41:08 Bradley Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nwankwo Kanu. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.
  • 38:34 Foul by Ibrahima Sonko on Luciano Becchio, free kick awarded. Robert Snodgrass has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 36:02 Foul by Bradley Johnson on Joel Ward, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.
  • 33:49 Jonathan Howson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 31:30 Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 29:17 Unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by David Nugent results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.
  • 28:09 Hayden Mullins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.
  • 27:19 Corner taken by Liam Lawrence, clearance made by George McCartney.
  • 27:04 John Utaka takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 25:22 Assist on the goal came from Liam Lawrence.
  • 25:22 GOAL - Joel WardPortsmouth 1 - 0 Leeds Joel Ward fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-0 Leeds.
  • 24:22 Liam Lawrence takes the inswinging corner, Bradley Johnson makes a clearance.
  • 21:47 Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, Shot by John Utaka from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 19:15 Close range effort by David Nugent misses to the left of the target.
  • 17:41 David Nugent takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 17:05 Paul Connolly challenges Joel Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carl Dickinson takes the free kick.
  • 17:05 Booking The referee shows Paul Connolly a yellow card.
  • 15:32 Centre by Liam Lawrence, clearance made by Alex Bruce. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 12:49 Foul by John Utaka on Robert Snodgrass, free kick awarded. Bradley Johnson takes the free kick.
  • 8:19 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line.
  • 7:52 Foul by Paul Connolly on John Utaka, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.
  • 6:44 Outswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
  • 4:55 Foul by John Utaka on Robert Snodgrass, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Ibrahima Sonko makes a clearance.
  • 3:47 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford takes a shot.
  • 3:02 Hayden Mullins challenges Jonathan Howson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Connolly takes the free kick.
  • 1:56 Max Gradel takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 1:03 Centre by Nwankwo Kanu.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 22 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 26 27 49
2 Cardiff 27 12 47
3 Norwich 27 9 47
4 Swansea 28 9 47
5 Leeds 28 7 45
6 Nott'm Forest 25 13 43
7 Watford 26 13 42
8 Reading 27 13 41
9 Millwall 27 7 39
10 Leicester 28 -5 39
11 Burnley 26 6 37
12 Hull 27 -1 37
13 Coventry 27 -1 36
14 Derby 27 0 34
15 Doncaster 25 -3 34
16 Barnsley 26 -7 34
17 Bristol City 27 -10 32
18 Portsmouth 26 -4 31
19 Ipswich 26 -6 31
20 Middlesbrough 27 -5 30
21 Sheff Utd 27 -17 27
22 Crystal Palace 27 -21 26
23 Scunthorpe 25 -18 24
24 Preston 26 -18 21



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