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Portsmouth   1 - 2   Tottenham

Jermain Defoe
Defoe had a mixed afternoon against his former club

By Jamie Lillywhite

Harry Redknapp celebrated his return to Fratton Park with a win that kept old club Portsmouth bottom of the table.

The home fans' reception for Redknapp was in reality mild, but the opening exchanges were highly charged.

Ledley King headed Spurs ahead from a Niko Kranjcar corner before Jermain Defoe volleyed in their second.

Kevin-Prince Boateng pulled one back moments before Defoe saw red for stamping, but Spurs held on and Pompey had Michael Brown sent off at the end.

Aruna Dindane had a golden first-half opportunity to put Pompey ahead but ballooned over an open goal inside the six-yard box.

Both match-day squads featured three players who had played for the opposition in recent times, Defoe, Kranjcar and substitute Peter Crouch for Spurs, and Brown, Boateng and Younes Kaboul for Portsmouth.

Striker Defoe, fit after missing England's final World Cup qualifiers, was in the thick of the action from the outset.

He was spoken to by referee Phil Dowd in the first few seconds after a heated exchange of views with former Spurs player Brown.

The lively Defoe then burst through but England keeper David James saved his low shot comfortably.

Redknapp salutes "fantastic" Pompey fans

He was in on goal again after a neat through ball from Tom Huddlestone, but the fierce low drive came back off the post with James beaten.

Portsmouth, with only one league win so far and unsettled by recent changes of ownership, showed plenty of endeavour, with the spirited Boateng at the heart of most of their attacks.

Dindane is likely to see his glaring miss repeated several times on calamity-based football compilations, while Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes, who has endured some calamities of his own, produced some magical saves, most notably an acrobatic one-handed tip over while diving in the opposite direction after Boateng's free-kick was sharply deflected.

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But Spurs, always with extra quality in key areas, went ahead midway through the first-half courtesy of the influential King, returning to the side for the first time since 20 September following hamstring trouble.

The visitors forced several right-wing corners, and King rose to meet Kranjcar's cross with James in no-man's land.

Then on the stroke of half-time Jermaine Jenas exchanged neat passes with Huddlestone and sent over an inviting cross for Defoe to slide in his sixth league goal of the season.

But that comfortable cushion soon began to deflate as Boateng was rewarded for his perseverance with a superb first-time shot from the left-hand edge of the area that beat Gomes and whistled into the corner of the net.

And Spurs were reduced to 10 men on the hour when the petulant side of Defoe returned and he was given a straight red card for a petty stamp on Aaron Mokoena.

Wilson Palacios, who only arrived at the ground 15 minutes before the teams had to be announced, having had extended international duty to celebrate Honduras reaching the World Cup finals, was brought on in an attempt to shore things up.

But again it was Gomes who saved Spurs, springing to his right to keep out Hassan Yebda's powerful volley.

Hart confident Portsmouth will be ok

Still the chances came for Portsmouth, Fredric Piquionne unchallenged as he headed agonisingly close across the face of goal, Gomes tipping away Tommy Smith's lob and the hapless Dindane side-footing wide from six

However, Aaron Lennon could have scored a third for Spurs when he burst through in typically rapid fashion only for his shot to be smothered.

In the final moments, Brown was sent off for a second yellow card as Portsmouth were left to reflect on a fifth home defeat.


Spurs manager Harry Redknapp:

"It all went well, we got the result and it was a good day.

"The crowd were fantastic, they are good people. The press over-hyped it but the crowd couldn't have been better.

"Portsmouth played well and we were hanging on at the end, it was backs to the wall stuff. When Defoe scored it looked like game over but it was a tough second half.

"I'm very disappointed in Defoe's reaction. I said to him at half-time: 'don't retaliate if you get fouled.'

"We'll be there or thereabouts but I think Portsmouth will stay up, there's enough spirit and they'll turn the corner."

Portsmouth boss Paul Hart:

"You can imagine the disappointment, we had enough chances to win three games.

"The spirit still remains, the performance was excellent, apart from 15 minutes or so in the first half that's when they hurt us.

"With performances like we're putting in at the moment, these things have got to turn. If we keep that spirit we've got a great chance."

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 1-2 Tottenham FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Boateng 59
  • King 29
  • Defoe 45

Portsmouth

Substitutes

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 20,821
PORTSMOUTH
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • Portsmouth 55%
  • Tottenham 45%

Attempts on target

  • Portsmouth 13
  • Tottenham 4

Attempts off target

  • Portsmouth 10
  • Tottenham 5

Corners

  • Portsmouth 10
  • Tottenham 9

Fouls

  • Portsmouth 14
  • Tottenham 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:10 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+5:00 The ball is sent over by Younes Kaboul, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+4:03 Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+4:03 Sent off Michael Brown sent off.
  • 90:00+3:36 Michael Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon.
  • 90:00+3:22 Corner taken by Nadir Belhadj from the left by-line, clearance by Vedran Corluka.
  • 90:00+2:36 Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. The ball is sent over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Marc Wilson.
  • 90:00+2:36 Booking Benoit Assou-Ekotto is shown a yellow card.
  • 90:00+1:18 Booking Caution for Michael Brown.
  • 90:00+0:37 Aaron Lennon produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post. Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Michael Brown results in a free kick.
  • 90:00+0:01 Tal Ben-Haim crosses the ball.
  • 88:47 Substitution John Utaka joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steve Finnan.
  • 88:47 Younes Kaboul delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Nadir Belhadj from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 88:06 The ball is sent over by Nadir Belhadj, Aaron Lennon manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:06 Booking Wilson Palacios is cautioned.
  • 87:50 The referee penalises Wilson Palacios for handball. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 87:07 Jermaine Jenas decides to take the corner short.
  • 85:56 Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
  • 85:56 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Michael Dawson coming on for Tom Huddlestone.
  • 85:56 The ball is crossed by Steve Finnan. Kevin-Prince Boateng handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
  • 85:20 Unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David James.
  • 83:50 Header from deep inside the penalty area by Hassan Yebda goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 83:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Vedran Corluka. Direct free kick taken by Nadir Belhadj.
  • 82:48 The ball is delivered by Nadir Belhadj, Header from close range by Frederic Piquionne misses to the right of the target.
  • 82:20 The ball is delivered by Kevin-Prince Boateng, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong. Inswinging corner taken by Nadir Belhadj from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Peter Crouch.
  • 81:50 The ball is sent over by Younes Kaboul, blocked by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 79:37 Steve Finnan delivers the ball, Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 79:17 Nadir Belhadj decides to take a short corner.
  • 77:28 Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 77:28 Substitution Nadir Belhadj is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Mokoena.
  • 77:28 Frederic Piquionne is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
  • 76:23 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 76:00 Younes Kaboul delivers the ball, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 74:55 Aaron Lennon fouled by Tal Ben-Haim, the ref awards a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
  • 72:47 Frederic Piquionne fouled by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Hassan Yebda.
  • 72:05 Kevin-Prince Boateng crosses the ball.
  • 71:12 Vedran Corluka takes the free kick.
  • 71:12 Booking Booking for Hassan Yebda for unsporting behaviour.
  • 71:07 Hassan Yebda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas.
  • 70:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone by Hassan Yebda. Vedran Corluka takes the indirect free kick.
  • 70:09 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Tom Huddlestone misses to the left of the target.
  • 69:06 Kevin-Prince Boateng handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.
  • 67:50 Hassan Yebda takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 67:09 Michael Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Huddlestone. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
  • 65:43 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Wilson Palacios coming on for Niko Kranjcar.
  • 65:00 Niko Kranjcar crosses the ball, clearance made by Steve Finnan.
  • 62:56 Substitution Frederic Piquionne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tommy Smith.
  • 62:33 Centre by Hassan Yebda, Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets a block in.
  • 62:09 Effort from the edge of the area by Peter Crouch goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 60:21 David James takes the indirect free kick.
  • 60:21 Sent off Jermain Defoe sent from the field by the ref for violent conduct.
  • 60:08 Aaron Mokoena fouled by Jermain Defoe, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 58:50 Assist by Steve Finnan.
  • 58:50 GOAL - Kevin-Prince BoatengPortsmouth 1 - 2 Tottenham Kevin-Prince Boateng finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-2 Tottenham.
  • 57:50 Tommy Smith sends in a cross, Shot from close in by Aruna Dindane misses to the left of the goal.
  • 56:52 Peter Crouch is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Brown. Tommy Smith takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 56:34 Aruna Dindane crosses the ball, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 55:26 Indirect free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 55:26 Substitution Robbie Keane leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Crouch.
  • 55:26 The referee blows for offside against Aruna Dindane.
  • 54:21 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tommy Smith from the left by-line, Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Tom Huddlestone gets a block in.
  • 53:29 Corner taken by Tommy Smith, Niko Kranjcar makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Tommy Smith, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 52:40 Shot by Aruna Dindane from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 52:00 Aaron Mokoena has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 50:27 Direct free kick taken by Niko Kranjcar.
  • 50:27 Booking Aaron Mokoena is cautioned.
  • 50:20 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Aaron Mokoena results in a free kick.
  • 49:12 Niko Kranjcar decides to take a short corner.
  • 48:51 Niko Kranjcar takes a short corner.
  • 48:20 Niko Kranjcar takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 47:50 Jermaine Jenas challenges Michael Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Brown.
  • 46:57 Aruna Dindane takes a shot. Blocked by Ledley King.
  • 46:43 The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Marc Wilson.
  • 45:59 Tom Huddlestone concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Finnan. Michael Brown restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:44 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:26 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 44:35 Jermaine Jenas provided the assist for the goal.
  • 44:35 GOAL - Jermain DefoePortsmouth 0 - 2 Tottenham Jermain Defoe finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-2 Tottenham.
  • 44:35 The ball is sent over by Jermaine Jenas,
  • 44:07 Kevin-Prince Boateng concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Huddlestone. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 43:01 Kevin-Prince Boateng is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:09 A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 41:21 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Blocked by Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 40:58 The official flags Hassan Yebda offside. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 39:22 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar, save made by David James.
  • 38:47 The referee blows for offside against Younes Kaboul. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
  • 37:40 Niko Kranjcar concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Kevin-Prince Boateng crosses the ball in from the free kick, Robbie Keane manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:46 Tom Huddlestone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown. Free kick taken by Michael Brown.
  • 35:46 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Blocked by Ledley King.
  • 34:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Finnan on Niko Kranjcar. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 33:55 Effort from outside the penalty box by Kevin-Prince Boateng goes wide right of the target.
  • 33:55 Aruna Dindane has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 33:19 Sebastien Bassong concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Free kick taken by Michael Brown.
  • 32:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Aruna Dindane. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the indirect free kick.
  • 32:01 Kevin-Prince Boateng concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Keane. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:56 The offside flag is raised against Tommy Smith. Free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 28:52 The assist for the goal came from Niko Kranjcar.
  • 28:52 GOAL - Ledley KingPortsmouth 0 - 1 Tottenham Ledley King finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Portsmouth 0-1 Tottenham.
  • 28:26 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball, clearance by Marc Wilson. Outswinging corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line,
  • 28:04 Centre by Vedran Corluka.
  • 27:34 Michael Brown takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 26:24 Jermain Defoe is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by David James.
  • 25:58 Aruna Dindane takes a shot. Blocked by Ledley King.
  • 24:38 Corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 24:14 Hassan Yebda concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Jenas. Jermaine Jenas takes the free kick.
  • 22:33 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes the direct free kick. Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes. Inswinging corner taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng, Vedran Corluka manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:33 Booking Jermaine Jenas receives a yellow card.
  • 22:29 Foul by Jermaine Jenas on Kevin-Prince Boateng, free kick awarded.
  • 21:37 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Vedran Corluka goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 17:02 Tommy Smith takes the inswinging corner, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.
  • 14:58 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 14:05 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tommy Smith, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • Correction - 12:55 Long range shot by Kevin-Prince Boateng goes over the target.
  • 12:55 Effort on goal by Michael Brown from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 12:16 Inswinging corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line, Michael Brown makes a clearance.
  • 12:08 The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
  • 11:16 Tommy Smith delivers the ball, Aruna Dindane produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 9:33 The referee blows for offside. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:24 Tal Ben-Haim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 7:59 Jermain Defoe produces a right-footed shot from inside the box and strikes the post.
  • 7:34 Aaron Mokoena gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Keane. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:56 Inswinging corner taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng from the right by-line.
  • 6:48 The ball is delivered by Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastien Bassong on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Direct free kick taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 5:29 A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon.
  • 3:43 Jermain Defoe is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. David James takes the free kick.
  • 2:57 Aaron Lennon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim. Direct free kick taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 1:56 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save made by David James.
  • 0:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown by Jermain Defoe. Kevin-Prince Boateng restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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Premier League results

17 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham R
Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea R
Everton 1-1 Wolverhampton R
Man Utd 2-1 Bolton R
Portsmouth 1-2 Tottenham R
Stoke 2-1 West Ham R
Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 9 12 22
2 Chelsea 9 11 21
3 Tottenham 9 8 19
4 Arsenal 8 16 18
5 Man City 7 7 16
6 Aston Villa 8 5 16
7 Sunderland 9 4 16
8 Liverpool 9 9 15
9 Stoke 9 -3 12
10 Burnley 8 -9 12
11 Everton 8 -2 11
12 Wigan 8 -7 9
13 Bolton 8 -2 8
14 Wolverhampton 9 -7 8
15 Fulham 7 -4 7
16 Birmingham 9 -5 7
17 Blackburn 7 -7 7
18 Hull 8 -12 7
19 West Ham 8 -4 5
20 Portsmouth 9 -10 3

see also
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