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Portsmouth   2 - 3   Bolton

By Harry Reekie

Gary Cahill heads the winner
Cahill made the most of some hesitant defending to head the winner

Gary Cahill broke Portsmouth hearts in the dying moments as Bolton claimed their first points of the season.

The visitors took the lead via a powerful Tamir Cohen shot, only for Younes Kaboul to head in an equaliser.

A penalty from Matt Taylor restored Bolton's lead after Tal Ben-Haim was adjudged to have fouled Kevin Davies.

Debutant Kevin-Prince Boateng latched onto a loose ball after the break to level but Cahill's late header saw Bolton take the points in a fine game.

The victory means Bolton finally claim their first points in the Premier League this season, but leaves Portsmouth rooted to the bottom of the table with five defeats from five games.

The hosts made a string of signings in the transfer window to boost their ailing campaign but after yet another defeat, the pressure will increase still further on manager Paul Hart.

Bolton boss Gary Megson

Megson delighted with late winner

That dire start to the season, Portsmouth's worst ever in the Premier League, had prompted the club to give away tickets ahead of the game in a boost to raise support for their flagging team.

But a healthy crowd on the south coast were quickly deflated as Bolton assumed control, with David James - back in the Pompey goal after recovering from a knee injury - soon called into action.

A Mark Davies cross from the right curled perfectly onto the head of Cohen but the Irsrael midfielder saw his effort well parried by the veteran goalkeeper.

Bolton, who had new signing Ivan Klasnic on the bench, should have gone ahead after 10 minutes when Taylor sliced a shot horribly wide with only James to beat.

But Portsmouth were not so fortunate moments later when Cohen continued his goalscoring form from the defeat against Liverpool and gave the visitors a deserved lead.

Some more sloppy defending allowed Gretar Steinsson to pick up a flick on by Davies on the edge of the box and feed Cohen, who smashed an unstoppable left-footed shot past the helpless James.

Federic Piquionne had a great chance to equalise soon after but nodded a weak header past the left-hand post, with Taylor also directing a shot wide at the other end of a pulsating first half.

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With the home crowd creating a superb atmosphere, Portsmouth slowly started to reclaim the initiative and drew level. A terrific corner from the left by another debutant Jamie O'Hara was met by a towering leap from Kaboul - although Jlloyd Samuel will be disappointed to have let the ball roll past him on the line.

Kaboul had scored the only other goal by Portsmouth in the league this season in the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal, and really should have made it a personal tally of three only three minutes later but headed wide when completely unmarked.

A goal at either end seemed a constant possibility and so it proved when Taylor restored Bolton's advantage courtesy of a hotly disputed penalty.

Hart irked by defensive lapses

Ben-Haim, yet another Pompey new signing, was adjudged to have brought down Davies by referee Chris Foy, although subsequent replays showed the Israeli got a slight touch on the ball.

Taylor didn't let the Pompey protests affect him though, calmly sending James the wrong way with a nerveless spot-kick.

The match continued at a frenzied pace after the break, with Michael Brown and the impressive Tommy Smith going close for a revitalised Pompey.

And the hosts made their pressure tell after 63 minutes.

A half-clearance from Zat Knight caused confusion in the Bolton area, with a further deflection seeing the ball fall perfectly for Boateng who smashed home.

A flurry of substitutions saw the game become scrappy towards the end, and as the minutes ticked by it seemed both sides were destined for their first point of the campaign - until Cahill popped up to ruin things for the hosts.

With only two minutes on the clock a long throw from Samuel caused chaos in the home defence, with Cahill rising to head past the stranded James - although two Bolton players appeared to be in offside positions as the ball went in.


Portsmouth manager Paul Hart:
"On the replay, it looks like he (Ben-Haim) got the ball for their penalty - definitely.

"Sometimes it can appear that the luck isn't going your way and you can bemoan it as much as you like. But that doesn't change anything and you have to try and put things right.

"There was enough in that performance to suggest we can turn it around.

"This has been a very hard and frustrating six months. It's not only us who have suffered the frustrations; it's the supporters as well.

"We've brought in some good players only a week ago and have tried to assemble them.

"I will defend those players I've brought in because I think they are good players. They have all got something to prove."

Bolton boss Gary Megson:
"Only time will tell whether this game was a relegation battle.

"It was simply a matter of just getting something from the game for both teams. It was important that we got something and a bonus that we did score when we did.

"It was imperative because I'd argue that was the worst we have played this season. At times we looked overly anxious and at times we looked hesitant to do the positive thing.

"Portsmouth had the lion's share of possession and played the better football.

"But the chances we had over the course of the game were better than the ones Portsmouth had."

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Saturday, 12 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 2-3 Bolton FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Kaboul 25
  • Boateng 63
  • Cohen 13
  • Taylor (pen) 41
  • Cahill 89

Portsmouth

Substitutes

Bolton

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 17,564
PORTSMOUTH
BOLTON

Possession

  • Portsmouth 50%
  • Bolton 50%

Attempts on target

  • Portsmouth 11
  • Bolton 6

Attempts off target

  • Portsmouth 10
  • Bolton 8

Corners

  • Portsmouth 7
  • Bolton 5

Fouls

  • Portsmouth 17
  • Bolton 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:48 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+4:24 Booking Booking for Nadir Belhadj for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+4:16 Nadir Belhadj gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Direct free kick taken by Gavin McCann.
  • 90:00+3:21 Corner taken by Nadir Belhadj, Tal Ben-Haim takes a shot. Danny Webber gets a block in.
  • 90:00+3:09 Centre by Frederic Piquionne, blocked by Gavin McCann.
  • 90:00+1:21 Booking The referee cautions Younes Kaboul for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+1:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Younes Kaboul on Fabrice Muamba. Fabrice Muamba takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:29 The assist for the goal came from Chris Basham.
  • 88:29 GOAL - Gary CahillPortsmouth 2 - 3 Bolton Gary Cahill finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Portsmouth 2-3 Bolton.
  • 86:53 Corner taken by Gavin McCann from the left by-line played to the near post, Header from close range by Gary Cahill clears the bar.
  • 86:42 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Mokoena.
  • 86:04 Centre by Danny Webber, Header from close in by Frederic Piquionne misses to the right of the goal.
  • 85:22 Gretar Rafn Steinsson produces a cross, David James makes a save.
  • 82:52 Foul by Gary Cahill on Tal Ben-Haim, free kick awarded. David James takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:34 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Danny Webber coming on for Tommy Smith.
  • 81:26 Foul by Michael Brown on Zat Knight, free kick awarded. Jlloyd Samuel delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
  • 80:22 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nadir Belhadj from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Gavin McCann.
  • 80:16 A cross is delivered by Frederic Piquionne, Jlloyd Samuel gets a block in.
  • 79:22 Foul by Gavin McCann on Kevin-Prince Boateng, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Brown.
  • 78:31 Michael Brown produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 77:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Vanden Borre by Ivan Klasnic. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Hassan Yebda from right wing, Gavin McCann manages to make a clearance.
  • 76:56 Substitution Tamir Cohen leaves the field to be replaced by Gavin McCann.
  • 76:00 Kevin Davies is ruled offside. Frederic Piquionne takes the indirect free kick.
  • 74:39 The ball is delivered by Anthony Vanden Borre, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:22 The ball is delivered by Hassan Yebda, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
  • 74:00 Centre by Tommy Smith, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
  • 72:47 The ball is crossed by Hassan Yebda, Tamir Cohen makes a clearance.
  • 72:30 Gretar Rafn Steinsson challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hassan Yebda restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:03 Fabrice Muamba takes a shot.
  • 70:12 Substitution Chris Basham replaces Mark Davies.
  • 70:12 Substitution Samuel Ricketts goes off and Ivan Klasnic comes on.
  • 70:12 Substitution Hassan Yebda joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie O'Hara.
  • 69:49 Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. Tal Ben-Haim gets a block in.
  • 68:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin-Prince Boateng by Mark Davies. Tal Ben-Haim takes the direct free kick.
  • 67:58 The ball is delivered by Matthew Taylor, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Save made by David James.
  • 67:28 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line to the near post, Jamie O'Hara makes a clearance.
  • 65:29 A cross is delivered by Aaron Mokoena, Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 64:40 A cross is delivered by Anthony Vanden Borre, clearance by Gary Cahill.
  • 63:16 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
  • 62:45 GOAL - Kevin-Prince BoatengPortsmouth 2 - 2 Bolton Kevin-Prince Boateng gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 2-2 Bolton.
  • 62:16 Assist by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 61:52 Effort on goal by Gretar Rafn Steinsson from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 61:38 Tommy Smith takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 61:18 Tommy Smith takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
  • 60:37 Kevin-Prince Boateng has a drilled shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 59:21 Effort on goal by Matthew Taylor from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 58:57 Aaron Mokoena gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 58:27 Corner from the left by-line taken by Jamie O'Hara, Mark Davies makes a clearance.
  • 58:00 Michael Brown has an effort at goal. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
  • 57:51 Nadir Belhadj produces a cross, clearance by Jlloyd Samuel.
  • 57:05 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 55:46 The ball is swung over by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 55:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul by Kevin Davies. David James takes the direct free kick.
  • 52:47 Jamie O'Hara crosses the ball, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 52:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Aaron Mokoena. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
  • 51:26 Unfair challenge on Jlloyd Samuel by Kevin-Prince Boateng results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 51:20 The ball is sent over by Nadir Belhadj, Jlloyd Samuel makes a clearance.
  • 50:46 Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Vanden Borre. David James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:00 Mark Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Jamie O'Hara has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 47:58 Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul. Free kick taken by David James.
  • 47:17 Younes Kaboul gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tamir Cohen. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Davies from left wing, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
  • 46:40 The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.
  • 46:05 The ball is delivered by Michael Brown.
  • 45:13 Foul by Anthony Vanden Borre on Tamir Cohen, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Mark Davies, Aaron Mokoena makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:01 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+1:30 Fabrice Muamba challenges Kevin-Prince Boateng unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 45:00+0:48 Centre by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 43:46 Unfair challenge on Anthony Vanden Borre by Matthew Taylor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 42:07 Jamie O'Hara challenges Samuel Ricketts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Matthew Taylor.
  • 41:43 Assist on the goal came from Kevin Davies.
  • 40:35 GOAL - Matthew TaylorPortsmouth 1 - 2 Bolton Placed penalty scored by Matthew Taylor. Portsmouth 1-2 Bolton.
  • 39:43 Tal Ben-Haim gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies.
  • 39:18 Anthony Vanden Borre takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 38:39 Jamie O'Hara concedes a free kick for a foul on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 37:37 Tommy Smith has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 36:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Taylor on Anthony Vanden Borre. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jamie O'Hara, clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 35:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nadir Belhadj by Kevin Davies. Tal Ben-Haim restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:13 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
  • 34:47 Matthew Taylor delivers the ball.
  • 34:12 The ball is swung over by Nadir Belhadj, clearance made by Matthew Taylor.
  • 32:48 Kevin-Prince Boateng is ruled offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 31:12 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line played to the near post, Kevin-Prince Boateng makes a clearance.
  • 30:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frederic Piquionne on Zat Knight. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 29:56 The ball is delivered by Anthony Vanden Borre, Header from deep inside the area by Frederic Piquionne goes over the bar.
  • 29:22 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from left channel, clearance by Gary Cahill.
  • 28:14 Foul by Tommy Smith on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Zat Knight.
  • 27:21 Jamie O'Hara takes a corner.
  • 26:53 Tal Ben-Haim takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
  • 26:30 Inswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara, clearance made by Kevin Davies.
  • 25:34 Michael Brown challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Anthony Vanden Borre manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:33 The assist for the goal came from Jamie O'Hara.
  • 24:33 GOAL - Younes KaboulPortsmouth 1 - 1 Bolton Younes Kaboul finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Portsmouth 1-1 Bolton.
  • 24:11 Outswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the left by-line,
  • 24:01 The ball is sent over by Younes Kaboul, Mark Davies manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabrice Muamba on Anthony Vanden Borre. David James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:04 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line to the near post, Jamie O'Hara makes a clearance.
  • 21:57 Centre by Kevin Davies, blocked by Nadir Belhadj.
  • Correction - 21:04 Samuel Ricketts produces a cross, Matthew Taylor has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 21:04 Samuel Ricketts crosses the ball, Effort from inside the area by Matthew Taylor misses to the right of the goal.
  • 20:15 The ball is swung over by Tommy Smith, Header by Frederic Piquionne from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 18:26 The assistant referee signals for offside against Mark Davies. David James takes the free kick.
  • 17:38 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Davies from the left by-line, Jamie O'Hara makes a clearance.
  • 17:08 The ball is sent over by Nadir Belhadj, clearance by Zat Knight.
  • 15:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Taylor by Anthony Vanden Borre. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 14:25 Tamir Cohen takes a shot.
  • 12:49 Gretar Rafn Steinsson provided the assist for the goal.
  • 12:49 GOAL - Tamir CohenPortsmouth 0 - 1 Bolton Tamir Cohen scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 Bolton.
  • 12:33 Unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba by Frederic Piquionne results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 12:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nadir Belhadj by Kevin Davies. Direct free kick taken by Nadir Belhadj.
  • 11:19 The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
  • 11:13 A cross is delivered by Mark Davies, clearance made by Nadir Belhadj.
  • 10:34 Effort from deep inside the area by Matthew Taylor misses to the right of the target.
  • 9:59 Shot by Jamie O'Hara from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 8:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nadir Belhadj on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, Header from deep inside the area by Tamir Cohen goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 8:08 Effort on goal by Tommy Smith from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 7:34 Jamie O'Hara takes the outswinging corner, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.
  • 7:27 Kevin-Prince Boateng crosses the ball, blocked by Gary Cahill.
  • 5:02 Kevin-Prince Boateng concedes a free kick for a foul on Zat Knight. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 3:33 Shot by Frederic Piquionne from outside the box goes high over the target.
  • 3:04 The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts, Mark Davies takes a shot. David James makes a save.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Premier League results

12 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 3-1 Wolverhampton R
Liverpool 4-0 Burnley R
Man City 4-2 Arsenal R
Portsmouth 2-3 Bolton R
Stoke 1-2 Chelsea R
Sunderland 4-1 Hull R
Tottenham 1-3 Man Utd R
Wigan 1-0 West Ham R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 12 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 9 15
2 Man Utd 5 8 12
3 Man City 4 6 12
4 Tottenham 5 5 12
5 Liverpool 5 6 9
6 Sunderland 5 2 9
7 Stoke 5 -2 7
8 Arsenal 4 5 6
9 Aston Villa 3 2 6
10 Wigan 5 -4 6
11 Burnley 5 -7 6
12 West Ham 4 0 4
13 Blackburn 4 -1 4
14 Birmingham 4 -1 4
15 Wolverhampton 5 -4 4
16 Hull 5 -7 4
17 Bolton 4 -2 3
18 Fulham 3 -3 3
19 Everton 3 -5 3
20 Portsmouth 5 -7 0

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