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Portsmouth   1 - 0   Barnsley

Portsmouth v Barnsley

Portsmouth 1-0 Barnsley

Veteran Nigerian striker Kanu headed a late winner to lift Portsmouth away from the lower echelons of the Championship towards mid-table.

Home debutant David Cotterill was instrumental in a number of forays forward from the left wing in an otherwise dull first 45 minutes.

Forward Dave Kitson tested Tykes' keeper Luke Steele on the hour mark but substitute Kanu make the difference.

He climbed high to convert Greg Halford's 84th-minute floated cross.

Victory for Pompey put them within three points of 14th-placed Barnsley, who did not manage an effort on target throughout the match.

The visitors did have the first chance of the game, after only two minutes, but Danny Haynes blasted over the bar after latching onto a long ball.

Kitson nodded a dangerous Halford free-kick over in the 25th minute before defender Herman Hreidarsson produced a good block from a Danny Haynes snap-shot.

South Africa captain Aaron Mokoena replaced Liam Lawrence before half time but soon wasted a good opportunity for the hosts.

Neither side could find an attacking rhythm after the restart, but Kanu made his presence felt when he came on in the 71st minute before sealing a valuable three points for Pompey.


Portsmouth first-team coach Ian Woan: "There were a few raised eyebrows from the fans [when we brought Kanu on], but you want your subs to make an impact.

"He's an absolute magician. You see him day in, day out on the training pitch and some of the things he does with the ball are phenomenal. He's a top, top professional given where he has played and the enthusiasm he gives us every week in training.

"The back-line in the last two games has been the same. That has made a big difference [in keeping clean sheets]. Continuity is a big thing."

Barnsley boss Mark Robins: "To concede the goal we did in the manner we did was poor. I was shouting on from the side because I could see what was coming.

"We threw bodies forward but we lacked ideas up front. We didn't look like we were going to score a goal.

"It's about the players understanding what's required of them when they go on to a football field. They need to get it into the right areas and give the team a lift. We need to score a goal away from home earlier, which gives us a little confidence and something to build on."

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 1-0 Barnsley FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Kanu 84

    Portsmouth

    • 01 Ashdown
    • 02 Halford
    • 05 De Laet yellow card
    • 06 Hreidarsson yellow card
    • 20 Ward (Kanu 70)
    • 33 Rocha
    • 07 Lawrence (Mokoena 40)
    • 08 Mullins
    • 17 Cotterill
    • 10 Nugent
    • 18 Kitson yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 37 Flahavan,
    • 03 Dickinson,
    • 25 Sonko,
    • 04 Mokoena,
    • 24 Ciftci,
    • 36 Kilbey,
    • 27 Kanu

    Barnsley

    • 01 Steele
    • 02 Hassell
    • 04 Shackell
    • 15 Trippier
    • 18 McShane yellow card
    • 05 Doyle
    • 08 O'Brien (O'Connor 54)
    • 17 Mellis yellow card (Gray 87)
    • 23 Arismendi
    • 07 Haynes yellow card
    • 14 Nouble (Butterfield 68)

    Substitutes

    • 12 Preece,
    • 19 Butterfield,
    • 33 Hill,
    • 10 Lovre,
    • 29 Taylor,
    • 27 Gray,
    • 36 O'Connor
    Ref: EastAtt: 14,318
    PORTSMOUTH
    BARNSLEY

    Possession

    • Portsmouth 53%
    • Barnsley 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Portsmouth 5
    • Barnsley 0

    Attempts off target

    • Portsmouth 4
    • Barnsley 3

    Corners

    • Portsmouth 6
    • Barnsley 5

    Fouls

    • Portsmouth 8
    • Barnsley 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:10 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+1:34 David Nugent has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
    • 89:19 The ball is delivered by David Nugent.
    • 88:45 Jason Shackell concedes a free kick for a foul on Nwankwo Kanu. Free kick taken by Greg Halford.
    • 87:01 David Cotterill takes the outswinging corner, Hermann Hreidarsson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Luke Steele.
    • 86:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Trippier on Hermann Hreidarsson. The ball is sent over by David Cotterill, Dave Kitson takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.
    • 86:12 Substitution Andy Gray comes on in place of Jacob Mellis.
    • 83:38 Unfair challenge on Aaron Mokoena by Jacob Butterfield results in a free kick. Assist by Greg Halford.
    • 83:38 GOAL - Nwankwo KanuPortsmouth 1 - 0 Barnsley Nwankwo Kanu scores a headed goal from close in. Portsmouth 1-0 Barnsley.
    • 82:56 Booking Jacob Mellis goes into the book.
    • 80:58 Jacob Butterfield takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 80:24 Unfair challenge on Danny Haynes by Greg Halford results in a free kick. Kieran Trippier delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Aaron Mokoena.
    • 79:01 Nathan Doyle challenges Nwankwo Kanu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Halford takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:56 Booking The referee books Dave Kitson for unsporting behaviour.
    • 76:48 Ritchie De Laet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jacob Butterfield.
    • 76:48 Booking Ritchie De Laet is cautioned.
    • 74:59 The official flags Garry O'Connor offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
    • 74:33 The ball is sent over by Kieran Trippier, clearance by Ricardo Rocha.
    • 71:05 Kieran Trippier sends in a cross, save by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 69:59 Substitution Nwankwo Kanu replaces Joel Ward.
    • 67:46 Substitution (Barnsley) makes a substitution, with Jacob Butterfield coming on for Frank Nouble.
    • 67:15 David Cotterill produces a cross, Luke Steele makes a comfortable save.
    • 66:52 The offside flag is raised against Danny Haynes. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 66:17 Booking Hermann Hreidarsson is given a yellow card.
    • 64:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Doyle by Hayden Mullins. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kieran Trippier, Jamie Ashdown makes a comfortable save.
    • 63:57 Hayden Mullins is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.
    • 61:02 Danny Haynes concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Rocha. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
    • 61:02 Booking Danny Haynes booked.
    • 60:13 Dave Kitson takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.
    • 58:28 Foul by Paul McShane on Dave Kitson, free kick awarded. Greg Halford crosses the ball in from the free kick, Luke Steele makes a save.
    • 58:28 Booking Paul McShane receives a caution.
    • 55:26 Foul by Diego Arismendi on Hayden Mullins, free kick awarded. Hermann Hreidarsson takes the direct free kick.
    • 54:28 The ball is delivered by Kieran Trippier.
    • 53:30 Substitution Jim O'Brien goes off and Garry O'Connor comes on.
    • 51:54 The ball is swung over by Jim O'Brien.
    • 49:52 Unfair challenge on Diego Arismendi by Hermann Hreidarsson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.
    • 47:11 Unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Paul McShane results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 46:28 Greg Halford concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Nouble. Free kick taken by Frank Nouble.
    • 46:06 David Cotterill crosses the ball, Bobby Hassell manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:08 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+0:23 The referee blows for offside against David Nugent. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.
    • 43:18 Aaron Mokoena produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 42:43 The ball is swung over by Ritchie De Laet, Luke Steele makes a comfortable save.
    • 39:50 Outswinging corner taken by Kieran Trippier from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Frank Nouble misses to the left of the goal.
    • 39:02 Hayden Mullins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Diego Arismendi. Kieran Trippier takes the free kick.
    • 39:02 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Aaron Mokoena coming on for Liam Lawrence.
    • 37:05 Jim O'Brien fouled by Ritchie De Laet, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Shackell takes the free kick.
    • 36:54 David Cotterill delivers the ball, save by Luke Steele.
    • 36:18 Foul by Danny Haynes on Hayden Mullins, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 33:14 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, save by Luke Steele.
    • 31:24 Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, save by Luke Steele.
    • 28:21 Danny Haynes produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
    • 26:31 The ball is swung over by Liam Lawrence.
    • 25:52 Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line to the near post, Kieran Trippier makes a clearance.
    • 23:53 Ricardo Rocha fouled by Frank Nouble, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Greg Halford. Dave Kitson has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
    • 23:28 David Cotterill produces a cross, clearance made by Bobby Hassell.
    • 22:37 The ball is swung over by Dave Kitson.
    • 17:04 Corner from left by-line taken by Kieran Trippier.
    • 13:18 Ritchie De Laet concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim O'Brien. Bobby Hassell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:34 Frank Nouble is caught offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
    • 9:55 Kieran Trippier produces a cross, Greg Halford makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Kieran Trippier, comfortable save by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 8:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Nouble on Greg Halford. Greg Halford restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:12 Dave Kitson produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 6:34 Liam Lawrence takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
    • 6:02 David Nugent takes a shot. Save made by Luke Steele. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, clearance made by Jason Shackell.
    • 4:29 The ball is swung over by Kieran Trippier.
    • 3:45 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kieran Trippier played to the near post, clearance made by Dave Kitson.
    • 1:19 Shot from deep inside the area by Danny Haynes clears the bar.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 19 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 32 31 61
    2 Nott'm Forest 31 16 56
    3 Swansea 32 14 56
    4 Cardiff 32 13 55
    5 Norwich 32 10 55
    6 Leeds 32 10 53
    7 Leicester 32 2 51
    8 Burnley 31 9 47
    9 Millwall 32 8 46
    10 Hull 32 4 46
    11 Watford 31 10 45
    12 Reading 32 11 44
    13 Ipswich 31 4 42
    14 Barnsley 32 -9 41
    15 Coventry 31 -3 39
    16 Portsmouth 31 -4 38
    17 Doncaster 31 -16 37
    18 Derby 31 -3 36
    19 Middlesbrough 31 -4 36
    20 Bristol City 32 -12 35
    21 Crystal Palace 32 -20 34
    22 Sheff Utd 32 -22 29
    23 Scunthorpe 30 -24 28
    24 Preston 31 -25 23



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