BBC Sport football

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 13:41 GMT, Saturday, 26 September 2009 14:41 UK

Portsmouth   0 - 1   Everton

By Derek Osafo

Louis Saha
Saha scored on his 200th Premier League appearance

Portsmouth suffered a seventh straight Premier League defeat as Everton earned their first away points of the season.

Louis Saha broke the deadlock when he steered the ball past David James.

Pompey's Aruna Dindane saw his strike saved by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard before Marouane Fellaini's close-range header was kept out by James' foot.

Tal Ben-Haim had a powerful effort blocked by Howard's chest and then Aaron Mokoena's header hit the bar before Everton cleared off the line.

In previous matches Pompey had employed only one player in attack but Paul Hart showed his intent by selecting Tommy Smith and Dindane up front.

The move gave the south-coast side more of an offensive force throughout.

Despite having had little to shout about this term the Portsmouth fans were in good voice early on as they aimed to spur on their side.

Hart confident of change in luck

But Saha's fifth league of the goal of the season after 42 minutes soon changed the mood at Fratton Park.

Saha, on his 200th Premier League appearance, controlled the ball and struck it low beyond the advancing James after a pass from the half-way line eluded centre-back Younes Kaboul.

It was a hammer blow to a Pompey side who had competed well in the opening period.

Ben-Haim almost restored parity just after the interval when his powerful header was somewhat fortuitously repelled by the chest of the Everton keeper.

Everton manager David Moyes was forced to make a change on the hour when he introduced Diniyar Bilyaletdinov after Steven Pienaar was carried off on a stretcher.

But the change in personnel did not disrupt the attacking threat posed by the Merseysiders.

606: DEBATE
PlayUpPompey

The visitors went close to extending their lead within a minute when Fellani's header was tipped over by James and from the resulting corner a header from Tim Cahill was cleared off the line by Smith.

Portsmouth had a shout for a penalty waved away by referee Alan Whiley when Kevin-Prince Boateng felt he was impeded by John Heitinga.

Pompey's profligacy in front of goal continued when Makouna headed on to the crossbar from inside the six-yard box.

In the closing minutes Leighton Baines headed off the line as Pompey pushed for an equaliser and Boateng's firm shot was saved by Howard.

Moyes praises hard-working Saha

Hart will look to build on the spirit and commitment that his hastily-assembled side showed even after falling behind but will know that time is not on his side.

Portsmouth started the day bottom of the table four points adrift of the teams above them.

From Everton's standpoint is was a fourth consecutive victory and their poor start to the season is now an increasingly distant memory.


Portsmouth manager Paul Hart:
"We played tremendously well, creating really good chances in the first half and in the second we should have scored.

"But with a spirit and performance like that, I thought the players were fantastic.

"We can't keep shooting ourselves in the foot but if we retain that spirit and continue to work like that we'll turn it around.

"The players have been excellent and I don't see any reason why they won't keep that going."

Everton manager David Moyes:
"We came under a lot of pressure which was to be expected.

"But I'm really pleased at the way we handled it and came out in the end. A 1-0 would have done me before the game.

"I would have liked to have won in better style but I'm happy with the three points.

"I'm fairly pleased with our run. We can play much better and haven't hit the form I'd expect us to. We can play far better.

"But if you keep clean sheets you have a lot better chance of winning."

Live text and stats

 

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 0-1 Everton FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Saha 42

    Portsmouth

    Substitutes

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Ref: WileyAtt: 18,116
    PORTSMOUTH
    EVERTON

    Possession

    • Portsmouth 45%
    • Everton 55%

    Attempts on target

    • Portsmouth 12
    • Everton 8

    Attempts off target

    • Portsmouth 4
    • Everton 4

    Corners

    • Portsmouth 5
    • Everton 6

    Fouls

    • Portsmouth 14
    • Everton 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:27 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+4:22 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
    • 90:00+1:41 Centre by Jamie O'Hara, Leighton Baines makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:31 David James takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:31 Booking Marouane Fellaini shown a yellow card.
    • 90:00+0:19 Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Vanden Borre.
    • 89:25 Substitution Danny Webber comes on in place of Tommy Smith.
    • 89:25 Substitution Louis Saha goes off and Joao Alves Jo comes on.
    • Correction - 88:29 Corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the left by-line, Hassan Yebda takes a shot. Clearance by Leighton Baines.
    • 88:29 Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the left by-line, Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Leighton Baines makes a clearance.
    • 87:54 Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:54 Booking Booking for Joseph Yobo for unsporting behaviour.
    • 87:43 Foul by Joseph Yobo on Aruna Dindane, free kick awarded.
    • 87:21 A cross is delivered by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, save made by David James.
    • 86:06 Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara, save by Tim Howard.
    • 85:54 Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Joseph Yobo gets a block in.
    • 85:28 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara played to the near post, clearance made by Louis Saha.
    • 85:19 Kevin-Prince Boateng sends in a cross, Joseph Yobo manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:56 The ball is sent over by Kevin-Prince Boateng, clearance made by Joseph Yobo.
    • 82:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony Hibbert by Hassan Yebda. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 81:40 David James restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:40 Booking Jack Rodwell receives a yellow card.
    • 80:51 Corner taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from the left by-line played to the near post, Jamie O'Hara makes a clearance. Jack Rodwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane.
    • 80:51 Substitution Nwankwo Kanu comes on in place of Michael Brown.
    • 79:53 A cross is delivered by Louis Saha, blocked by Marc Wilson.
    • 77:00 Tim Cahill is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David James.
    • 76:00 Jack Rodwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim. Free kick taken by Hassan Yebda.
    • 74:51 Tommy Smith takes a shot. Joseph Yobo gets a block in. Shot from just outside the area by Tommy Smith goes over the bar.
    • 73:30 Indirect free kick taken by David James.
    • 73:30 Substitution Tony Hibbert is brought on as a substitute for Leon Osman.
    • 73:30 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is ruled offside.
    • 73:05 Unfair challenge on Michael Brown by Louis Saha results in a free kick. David James takes the free kick.
    • 71:22 Substitution Hassan Yebda is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Mokoena.
    • 71:22 Inswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara, Header from deep inside the area by Aaron Mokoena goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 71:11 Younes Kaboul sends in a cross, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov gets a block in.
    • 70:31 Leon Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Brown. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
    • 69:14 Jamie O'Hara delivers the ball.
    • 68:32 The ball is delivered by Younes Kaboul.
    • 67:50 The ball is crossed by Anthony Vanden Borre.
    • 66:21 Louis Saha has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • Correction - 64:43 Foul by Marc Wilson on Louis Saha, free kick awarded. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov sends in a cross, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save by David James. Outswinging corner taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from the left by-line, Tim Cahill takes a shot. Clearance made by Tommy Smith.
    • 64:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Marc Wilson. A cross is delivered by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save by David James. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes the outswinging corner, Tim Cahill takes a shot. Clearance made by Michael Brown.
    • 62:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Tommy Smith. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes the free kick.
    • 61:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Marc Wilson. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.
    • 61:02 The ball is swung over by Younes Kaboul.
    • 57:38 Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick. Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Aaron Mokoena results in a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:38 Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is brought on as a substitute for Steven Pienaar.
    • 57:38 Marouane Fellaini challenges Michael Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 54:57 Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Mokoena. Free kick taken by David James.
    • 54:38 Steven Pienaar crosses the ball, Tal Ben-Haim makes a clearance.
    • 53:24 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Joseph Yobo gets a block in. Foul by Younes Kaboul on Tim Cahill, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
    • 50:50 Tal Ben-Haim takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Inswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, clearance made by Tim Cahill.
    • 50:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown by Steven Pienaar. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 49:45 Aruna Dindane fouled by Joseph Yobo, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:10 Tommy Smith delivers the ball, clearance by Leighton Baines.
    • 47:52 The ball is swung over by Tim Cahill, blocked by Anthony Vanden Borre.
    • 46:57 Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
    • 46:03 Younes Kaboul fouled by Louis Saha, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David James.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:13 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+0:56 Centre by Kevin-Prince Boateng, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
    • 44:52 Leighton Baines produces a cross, blocked by Anthony Vanden Borre. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Pienaar, Tim Cahill takes a shot. Save by David James.
    • 44:15 The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
    • 43:27 Unfair challenge on Jack Rodwell by Kevin-Prince Boateng results in a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick. Leon Osman sends in a cross.
    • 41:56 Johnny Heitinga provided the assist for the goal.
    • 41:56 GOAL - Louis SahaPortsmouth 0 - 1 Everton Louis Saha grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 Everton.
    • 41:07 Michael Brown takes a shot. Blocked by Tim Cahill. Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
    • 40:10 Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, comfortable save by David James.
    • 39:27 Kevin-Prince Boateng has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 39:04 The ball is swung over by Tommy Smith.
    • 37:53 The referee blows for offside against Louis Saha. David James restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:30 Leighton Baines crosses the ball, clearance made by Marc Wilson.
    • 36:44 The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines. Leon Osman produces a cross, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save by David James.
    • 36:07 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines played to the near post, clearance by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • 35:52 Centre by Leighton Baines, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:39 A cross is delivered by Michael Brown.
    • 33:17 Aruna Dindane takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 31:53 Aruna Dindane concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
    • 29:37 Effort on goal by Steven Pienaar from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 28:08 Steven Pienaar crosses the ball, Header on goal by Tim Cahill from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 26:50 Anthony Vanden Borre sends in a cross, save by Tim Howard.
    • 24:42 Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie O'Hara. Younes Kaboul produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
    • 22:50 Foul by Aaron Mokoena on Louis Saha, free kick awarded. Johnny Heitinga produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Michael Brown.
    • 20:55 Effort from long distance by Louis Saha goes wide right of the goal.
    • 19:44 Unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Tal Ben-Haim results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joseph Yobo.
    • 18:34 Tommy Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Heitinga. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 14:52 Sylvain Distin concedes a free kick for a foul on Aruna Dindane. Free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
    • 14:14 The ball is delivered by Jamie O'Hara, save by Tim Howard.
    • 13:30 The ball is crossed by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 10:33 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Mokoena. Direct free kick taken by David James.
    • 9:44 Aruna Dindane produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 8:53 Volleyed left-footed shot by Tim Cahill. Save made by David James.
    • 8:10 Foul by Tim Cahill on Aaron Mokoena, free kick awarded. Tal Ben-Haim takes the direct free kick.
    • 6:53 Effort on goal by Michael Brown from 25 yards. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.
    • 6:46 A cross is delivered by Kevin-Prince Boateng, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
    • 6:18 Steven Pienaar produces a cross, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:33 Leighton Baines takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 4:15 Aruna Dindane challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 3:27 Leighton Baines challenges Kevin-Prince Boateng unfairly and gives away a free kick. David James takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:55 Anthony Vanden Borre concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Steven Pienaar takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:40 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Save by David James.
    • 1:36 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
    • 1:05 Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown. Free kick taken by David James.
    • 0:36 Steven Pienaar delivers the ball, Tal Ben-Haim makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

    Live text and data provided by The Press Association.



    Print Sponsor


    Premier League results

    26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Birmingham 1-2 Bolton R
    Blackburn 2-1 Aston Villa R
    Fulham 0-1 Arsenal R
    Liverpool 6-1 Hull R
    Portsmouth 0-1 Everton R
    Stoke 0-2 Man Utd R
    Tottenham 5-0 Burnley R
    Wigan 3-1 Chelsea R

    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

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

    BBC navigation

    BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

    This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.