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Wolverhampton   0 - 1   Portsmouth

Portsmouth boss Paul Hart congratulates goalscorer Hassan Yebda
Yebda marked his first Portsmouth start with the winning goal

By Peter Scrivener

Portsmouth ended a turbulent week with their first Premier League win of the season courtesy of Hassan Yebda's goal.

The Algerian midfielder, who is on loan from Benfica, powerfully headed in Kevin Prince Boateng's right-wing cross after Wolves failed to clear a corner.

Home keeper Wayne Hennessey then pulled off a fine save, low to his right, from Aruna Dindane's first-time strike.

Wolves were denied a second-half penalty after Marc Wilson appeared to handle Michael Kightly's cross.

Entire seasons can change on pieces of good fortune and Portsmouth's may well have done just that on Saturday at Molineux with two important calls going their way.

Eighteen minutes into the first half the assistant referee correctly flagged for a corner for the south coast club.

The home side were appealing for a goal-kick after Tommy Smith looked to have run the ball out of play but it was George Elokobi's block that deflected the ball out.

From the resulting corner, Matt Jarvis blocked a goal-bound Yebda effort and the ball cannoned out for a second Pompey corner.

This time Wolves failed to clear the danger and Boateng swung a right-wing cross into the six-yard box which Yebda emphatically nodded in.

Hart delighted with first win

The second came 18 minutes into the second half when Kightly whipped in a cross from the right and Wilson's arm made contact with the ball but neither referee Howard Webb or his assistant saw the misdemeanour and awarded Wolves a corner.

It was vital that Portsmouth's players, who were not paid this week after a delay in the transfer of funds following Sulaiman Al Fahim's takeover in August, started the game in positive fashion.

Boateng led the way. He forced Hennessey into a smart save at his near post after spinning away from Elokobi and blazed an always rising shot over the bar from 30 yards after another neat turn.

Smith was also causing problems, jinking between two Wolves defenders before squaring for Dindane, but his first-time poke with the outside of his right boot was pushed away by Hennessey and Smith smashed his follow-up from an acute angle wide.

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Wolves were neat and intricate in their build-up play, but all-too often their efforts came to nought as they ran into a sea of blue.

Pompey keeper David James saved an early effort from Matt Jarvis and bravely blocked a late Andy Keogh shot, while Tal Ben-Haim threw himself in front of Kevin Doyle's follow-up.

The introduction of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kightly at half-time breathed new life into the home side as rain began to fall in the Black Country.

But for all their endeavour, Wolves struggled to break down a resolute Portsmouth defence and Jarvis's long-range effort remained their only decent shot after the break until Greg Halford went close with a couple of late free-kicks.

His first, from 30 yards, curled just wide but his second forced James into a smart save.

We didn't defend properly - McCarthy

From Henry's lay-off, Halford flicked the ball in the air and volleyed through a sea of players, but James pushed the ball wide and Ebanks-Blake smashed the rebound off target.

A couple of late Wolves corners will not have helped Pompey owner Al Fahim's recovery from surgery on Friday, but his side held on for their first victory of the season and they will now look to become the first side since Liverpool in 1899 to avoid relegation after losing their opening seven games of the season.


Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"The big thing for me is we defended the corner but we didn't block the ball coming back in.

"We are coming off with a defeat because we didn't defend properly. We were not outplayed, we just didn't do the basics properly.

"Michael Kightly said it was a stonewall penalty, but then he would say that because he's one of our players. But we shouldn't be discussing that. If we hadn't conceded it would be 0-0 and then I would be able to discuss the decisions that didn't go our way.

"I know Paul Hart well, but I'm not happy for him. I can't be. I wanted to heap more misery on him today. Sympathy is in short supply here."

Portsmouth manager Paul Hart:
"I am relieved and delighted and proud of the players because we've been through the mill.

"We didn't play as well as we have done in the last few weeks, but they grafted hard.

"We've been playing well with control and cool heads that belies the position we're in.

"Certain things ran for us today, but we've earned that luck with the performances we've put in against the likes of Everton and Aston Villa in recent weeks.

"At the same stage last season Spurs had two points, so we're one better than that."

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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 0-1 Portsmouth FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Yebda 19

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Portsmouth

    Substitutes

    Ref: WebbAtt: 29,023
    WOLVES
    PORTSMOUTH

    Possession

    • Wolves 59%
    • Portsmouth 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Wolves 5
    • Portsmouth 8

    Attempts off target

    • Wolves 6
    • Portsmouth 4

    Corners

    • Wolves 8
    • Portsmouth 6

    Fouls

    • Wolves 8
    • Portsmouth 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:57 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+3:06 The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, clearance made by Aaron Mokoena. Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis played to the near post, Jamie O'Hara manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 90:00+2:11 The ball is sent over by Karl Henry, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:37 The official flags Danny Webber offside. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 90:00+1:06 David Edwards challenges Michael Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. David James restarts play with the free kick.
    • 89:47 Substitution Tommy Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Anthony Vanden Borre.
    • 89:47 Michael Kightly has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 88:40 The ball is crossed by Michael Kightly, Michael Brown manages to make a clearance.
    • 86:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Edwards by Michael Brown. Karl Henry takes the direct free kick. Greg Halford takes a shot. Save by David James. Shot from inside the area by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake clears the bar.
    • 83:59 Strike comes in from Greg Halford from the free kick.
    • 83:59 Booking Kevin-Prince Boateng booked.
    • 83:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng on Karl Henry.
    • Correction - 82:19 Jamie O'Hara decides to take a short corner, Michael Mancienne makes a clearance. Jamie O'Hara delivers a pass corner to short, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
    • 82:19 Short corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the left by-line, clearance made by Michael Mancienne. Corner crossed in by Jamie O'Hara, clearance made by Michael Mancienne.
    • 81:41 Tommy Smith challenges David Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
    • 80:55 Younes Kaboul sends in a cross, Michael Mancienne makes a clearance. Corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the left by-line.
    • 79:21 Save made by David James.
    • 79:21 Substitution George Elokobi leaves the field to be replaced by Stefan Maierhofer.
    • 79:21 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line,
    • 77:13 Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 77:13 Substitution Aaron Mokoena joins the action as a substitute, replacing Hassan Yebda.
    • 77:13 Danny Webber is ruled offside.
    • 76:38 The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, David James makes a save.
    • 75:17 Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 72:50 Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
    • 72:50 Substitution Danny Webber on for Aruna Dindane.
    • 72:50 Kevin Doyle challenges Jamie O'Hara unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 70:03 Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Tal Ben-Haim makes a clearance.
    • 69:04 Michael Kightly crosses the ball, save made by David James.
    • Correction - 68:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hassan Yebda by Karl Henry. Free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
    • 68:22 Karl Henry challenges Hassan Yebda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
    • 67:33 Effort from long distance by Kevin-Prince Boateng goes wide right of the goal.
    • 66:27 Matthew Jarvis challenges Tommy Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David James.
    • 63:47 Karl Henry challenges Michael Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
    • 63:10 The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, clearance made by Marc Wilson.
    • 62:13 Michael Kightly crosses the ball, Marc Wilson makes a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Kightly, Jamie O'Hara manages to make a clearance.
    • 61:26 The assistant referee signals for offside against Aruna Dindane. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
    • 60:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hassan Yebda on George Elokobi. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 55:12 Booking Caution for Jamie O'Hara.
    • 55:05 Booking Michael Kightly receives a yellow card.
    • 53:50 The ball is crossed by Kevin Doyle, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 49:59 Shot from 25 yards by Matthew Jarvis. Blocked by Marc Wilson. Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Greg Halford misses to the right of the target.
    • 49:44 Steve Finnan delivers the ball, Michael Mancienne manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:13 The ball is swung over by Tommy Smith, Aruna Dindane takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • 45:01 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Keogh.
    • 45:01 Substitution Michael Kightly is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Foley.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:20 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+0:20 The ball is crossed by Kevin Foley, Andrew Keogh takes a shot from 6 yards. Save made by David James.
    • 45:00+0:13 George Elokobi sends in a cross, Jamie O'Hara manages to make a clearance.
    • 44:57 Centre by David Edwards, Steve Finnan manages to make a clearance.
    • 43:43 Foul by Hassan Yebda on George Elokobi, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 42:15 The ball is delivered by Kevin Doyle.
    • 41:55 The ball is crossed by Steve Finnan, clearance by Christophe Berra.
    • 41:27 The ball is crossed by Greg Halford, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
    • 40:32 Tommy Smith sends in a cross, Header by Hassan Yebda from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 35:25 Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on Aruna Dindane. Direct free kick taken by Steve Finnan.
    • 33:10 Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Kevin Doyle produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 32:47 Foul by Hassan Yebda on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Karl Henry.
    • 29:54 Steve Finnan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry. Karl Henry restarts play with the free kick. Kevin Foley produces a cross, Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Wilson. Matthew Jarvis decides to take a short corner. Centre by Matthew Jarvis, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
    • 29:48 The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 28:10 The ball is swung over by Tommy Smith, Aruna Dindane takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Tommy Smith has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 27:47 Tommy Smith has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Blocked by Kevin Foley.
    • 26:41 Foul by Christophe Berra on Aruna Dindane, free kick awarded. Jamie O'Hara crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 26:12 Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Michael Brown manages to make a clearance.
    • 25:44 Greg Halford crosses the ball, clearance made by Marc Wilson.
    • 25:10 The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Jamie O'Hara makes a clearance.
    • 24:14 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 23:24 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, save made by David James.
    • 22:16 The ball is crossed by Kevin Doyle.
    • Correction - 18:39 Assist on the goal came from Kevin-Prince Boateng. Tal Ben-Haim gets a block in.
    • Correction - 18:39 GOAL - Hassan YebdaWolverhampton 0 - 1 Portsmouth Hassan Yebda scores a headed goal from close in. Wolverhampton 0-1 Portsmouth.
    • 18:39 Assist on the goal came from Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • 18:39 GOAL - Hassan YebdaWolverhampton 0 - 1 Portsmouth Hassan Yebda finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Wolverhampton 0-1 Portsmouth.
    • Correction - 18:24 Tommy Smith takes a shot. Outswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the left by-line,
    • 18:24 Effort on goal by Tommy Smith from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie O'Hara,
    • 17:21 Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, Hassan Yebda takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.
    • 16:51 The ball is sent over by Andrew Keogh, Jamie O'Hara manages to make a clearance.
    • 16:37 Foul by Marc Wilson on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Greg Halford.
    • 15:54 Shot on goal by Kevin-Prince Boateng from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 14:59 Andrew Keogh is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David James takes the indirect free kick.
    • 13:35 Shot from just outside the area by Kevin Doyle misses to the right of the target.
    • 13:04 Christophe Berra fouled by Kevin-Prince Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:27 Shot by Matthew Jarvis from 12 yards. Save by David James.
    • 12:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Direct free kick taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • 7:03 Foul by Michael Brown on Karl Henry, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by George Elokobi, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
    • 5:31 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara, Marc Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Hennessey. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:43 Michael Mancienne fouled by Steve Finnan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 1:48 Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, save by David James.
    • 1:22 Tommy Smith sends in a cross, clearance made by George Elokobi.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    Premier League results

    3 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Bolton 2-2 Tottenham R
    Burnley 2-1 Birmingham R
    Hull 2-1 Wigan R
    Man Utd 2-2 Sunderland R
    Wolverhampton 0-1 Portsmouth R

    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 3 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

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

    see also
    Saturday football as it happened
    03 Oct 09 |  Football
    Saturday's football photos
    03 Oct 09 |  Football
    Hart gives players salary pledge
    03 Oct 09 |  Portsmouth


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