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Portsmouth   2 - 0   Burnley

Aruna Dindane misses a penalty for Portsmouth
Dindane made amends for his first-half penalty miss with an 84th-minute goal

By Pranav Soneji

Avram Grant earned his first victory as Portsmouth ended a fractious week off the pitch with victory against Burnley.

Pompey - whose players were only paid their latest wages after a loan - took the lead when Hermann Hreidarsson fired home a left-footed shot on 65 minutes.

Burnley were frustrated by Asmir Begovic, who made fine saves to deny Kevin McDonald and Steven Fletcher.

And Aruna Didane, who had a first-half penalty saved by Brian Jensen, secured the victory with an 84th-minute header.

The victory - Pompey's third in the league this season - will lift the spirits of the beleaguered club following a destabilising week off the pitch.

Portsmouth boss Avram Grant

But the south-coast club were dominated by Burnley in the first hour and only had the heroics of Bosnian keeper Begovic to keep the scoreline level in the first hour.

The away defeat is Burnley's seventh of the Premier League campaign, a fact which will concern manager Owen Coyle, despite the visitors' enterprising attacking play.

Grant made two changes from the side that lost to Manchester United, with Tommy Smith recalled up front while Steve Finnan slotted in at right-back in place of the suspended Younes Kaboul.

Burnley made just one alteration with McDonald replacing suspended skipper Steve Caldwell.

And the visitors made the most of the opening exchanges, pressing Portsmouth's midfield and giving them little opportunity to construct a fluid passing game.

Midfielder Wade Elliott was at the heart of Burnley's best moves, creating an excellent chance following a strong right-wing run in the 18th minute, but striker Fletcher's weak 10-yard strike was gathered easily by Begovic.

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With the visitors beginning to dictate the tempo of the match, Portsmouth were awarded a fortuitous penalty in the 31st minute when Elliott was adjudged to have brought down Hreidarsson inside the box.

Burnley's players were furious - and TV replays justified their grievances as Elliott's foot was nowhere near Hreidarsson - but Dindane's feeble spot-kick miss made amends for a poor decision by Phil Dowd, with keeper Jensen saving the Ivorian's follow-up header.

Grant fumed on the sidelines, his fury further compounded by Dindane's decision to take the penalty with regular penalty taker and top scorer Boateng on the pitch.

Dindane attempted to compensate for his earlier miss, but, after beating Andre Bikey with a powerful 42nd-minute right-wing surge, fired his byline cross at Jensen with Boateng waiting unmarked inside the six-yard box.

With little to cheer in the first 45 minutes, the fraught nerves of the home fans were further tested as Burnley dominated the start of the second half.

Begovic tipped over a powerful 25-yard drive from McDonald in the 52nd minute while Steven Fletcher fired a left-footed strike just wide of the far post seconds later.

The keeper once again denied Burnley, this time with a brilliant one-handed diving save from Fletcher's excellent left-footed volley from outside the box in the 62nd minute.

Burnley manager Owen Coyle

With his side close to capitulation, Grant brought on the experience of Kanu for the ineffectual Smith - and he made an immediate impact as Portsmouth took an undeserved lead.

The Nigerian played a neat one-two on the edge of the area with Hreidarsson, who strode into the penalty area and struck a clinical left-footed strike across Jensen's goal.

Kanu was once again the creator as he fed a pinpoint pass for Boateng in the 70th minute, but the former Spurs midfielder fired his shot into the side netting from the edge of the six-yard box.

With Burnley's resolve gradually fading, Portsmouth sealed the victory with six minutes to spare when Dindane made amends for his earlier spot-kick miss.

The striker rose unchallenged to head in Jamie O'Hara's left-footed cross from inside the six-yard box.


Hermann Hreidarsson on his role in Portsmouth's first-half penalty:
"It wasn't a penalty. I was waiting for the kick but it never came. It wasn't a dive, it's not what I'm about, but it wasn't a penalty.

"This was a massive win for us and hopefully it's a the start of something special.

"Hopefully we'll kick on from here. There's loads of points to be played for still."

Burnley boss Owen Coyle:
"We performed well but not left with any points. Our level of performance was of a high standard, our passing and moving resulted in numerous chances but we really had to get ourselves in front.

"However, we conceded two soft goals.

"The margins are minimal. We had enough chances; a little bit of quality finishing from us and we'd have seen the game off."

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Saturday, 5 December 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 2-0 Burnley FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Hreidarsson 65
  • Dindane 84

    Portsmouth

    Substitutes

    Burnley

    Substitutes

    Ref: DowdAtt: 17,822
    PORTSMOUTH
    BURNLEY

    Possession

    • Portsmouth 50%
    • Burnley 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Portsmouth 4
    • Burnley 8

    Attempts off target

    • Portsmouth 5
    • Burnley 6

    Corners

    • Portsmouth 5
    • Burnley 5

    Fouls

    • Portsmouth 16
    • Burnley 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:29 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+2:29 Nwankwo Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Jordan. Brian Jensen takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:35 Substitution Kevin-Prince Boateng goes off and Hayden Mullins comes on.
    • 90:00+0:51 Short corner worked by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 90:00+0:27 Aruna Dindane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wade Elliott. Free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
    • 89:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie O'Hara by Graham Alexander. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 89:06 Steven Thompson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 86:02 Andre Bikey is adjudged to have handled the ball.
    • 85:00 Andre Bikey fouled by Hassan Yebda, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:10 Booking Aruna Dindane receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 83:05 The assist for the goal came from Jamie O'Hara.
    • 83:05 GOAL - Aruna DindanePortsmouth 2 - 0 Burnley Aruna Dindane grabs a headed goal from close range. Portsmouth 2-0 Burnley.
    • 83:05 The ball is swung over by Jamie O'Hara,
    • 82:32 Unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane by Tyrone Mears results in a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
    • 78:32 Free kick crossed right-footed by Graham Alexander from left channel, clearance made by Nwankwo Kanu.
    • 78:32 Booking Caution for Steve Finnan.
    • 78:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Finnan on Fernando Guerrero.
    • 78:01 Kevin-Prince Boateng is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
    • 77:33 Kevin McDonald challenges Hassan Yebda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
    • 74:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Graham Alexander by Nwankwo Kanu. Graham Alexander takes the free kick.
    • 73:44 The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Fletcher. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 73:10 Wade Elliott produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 72:59 Stephen Jordan fouled by Hassan Yebda, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Jordan takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:03 Substitution Fernando Guerrero replaces Chris Eagles.
    • 71:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Finnan on Chris Eagles. Free kick crossed by Chris Eagles, clearance by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 70:49 Kevin-Prince Boateng has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
    • 69:24 Michael Brown fouled by Steven Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:03 A cross is delivered by Hermann Hreidarsson, save by Brian Jensen.
    • 67:42 Substitution Steven Thompson is brought on as a substitute for Robbie Blake.
    • 66:52 Wade Elliott fouled by Aruna Dindane, the ref awards a free kick. Robbie Blake produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Andre Bikey clears the crossbar.
    • 66:12 Free kick crossed right-footed by Graham Alexander from right wing, Kevin-Prince Boateng manages to make a clearance.
    • 66:12 Booking Jamie O'Hara is booked.
    • 66:03 Robbie Blake fouled by Marc Wilson, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 65:44 Wade Elliott crosses the ball, clearance by Marc Wilson.
    • 64:11 Assist on the goal came from Nwankwo Kanu.
    • 64:11 GOAL - Hermann HreidarssonPortsmouth 1 - 0 Burnley A goal is scored by Hermann Hreidarsson from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-0 Burnley.
    • 63:33 Foul by Kevin McDonald on Steve Finnan, free kick awarded. Michael Brown takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 62:25 Short corner worked by Robbie Blake. Graham Alexander takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Wilson.
    • 62:25 Short corner taken by Robbie Blake from the right by-line. Graham Alexander has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 62:07 Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 61:33 Kevin-Prince Boateng produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
    • 60:27 Free kick taken by Tyrone Mears.
    • 60:27 Booking Kevin-Prince Boateng receives a caution for dissent.
    • 60:27 The offside flag is raised against Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • 59:41 Tyrone Mears gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hassan Yebda. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 57:44 Tyrone Mears takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:44 Substitution Tommy Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Nwankwo Kanu.
    • 57:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Blake by Hermann Hreidarsson.
    • 56:47 Inswinging corner taken by Robbie Blake from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Marc Wilson.
    • 56:40 The ball is crossed by Steven Fletcher, blocked by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 56:06 The ball is delivered by Tyrone Mears.
    • 54:31 The referee blows for offside against Aruna Dindane. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
    • 53:08 Steven Fletcher has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 52:57 A cross is delivered by Wade Elliott, clearance made by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 52:43 Robbie Blake takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Wilson.
    • 52:03 Corner taken by Robbie Blake, save made by Asmir Begovic.
    • 51:52 Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 50:46 Corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Jordan.
    • 50:40 A cross is delivered by Kevin-Prince Boateng, blocked by Tyrone Mears.
    • 48:54 Kevin-Prince Boateng has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 48:34 The ball is sent over by Wade Elliott, clearance by Steve Finnan.
    • 47:47 The ball is crossed by Wade Elliott.
    • 47:36 Graham Alexander takes a shot. Marc Wilson gets a block in.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:30 The match has reached half-time.
    • 44:33 The referee gives a free kick against Steven Fletcher for handball. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 42:44 Michael Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Graham Alexander. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 41:43 The ball is crossed by Aruna Dindane, blocked by Brian Jensen.
    • 40:58 The ball is crossed by Michael Brown, Hermann Hreidarsson has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 40:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane by Andre Bikey. Jamie O'Hara delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Wade Elliott.
    • 39:46 Effort from the edge of the box by Wade Elliott goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 38:30 Centre by Tyrone Mears.
    • 37:20 The ball is delivered by Steve Finnan, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:57 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robbie Blake, Andre Bikey has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
    • 35:30 Effort on goal by Kevin-Prince Boateng from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
    • 35:18 The ball is crossed by Jamie O'Hara, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:55 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara played to the near post, Kevin McDonald manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:57 Corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.
    • 33:51 The ball is delivered by Jamie O'Hara, Stephen Jordan manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:30 The ball is swung over by Chris Eagles, blocked by Steve Finnan.
    • 32:31 The ball is crossed by Chris Eagles, Tal Ben-Haim makes a clearance.
    • 32:11 Aruna Dindane takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 30:48 Penalty taken by Aruna Dindane saved by Brian Jensen. Portsmouth 0-0 Burnley.
    • 30:48 Wade Elliott concedes a Penalty for a foul on Hermann Hreidarsson.
    • 30:08 The ball is swung over by Steve Finnan, Stephen Jordan makes a clearance.
    • 29:34 Kevin McDonald challenges Aruna Dindane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:07 Unfair challenge on Graham Alexander by Kevin-Prince Boateng results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Andre Bikey.
    • 25:57 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Tyrone Mears.
    • 23:40 Foul by Steven Fletcher on Michael Brown, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
    • 20:35 Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
    • 20:35 Booking Tyrone Mears shown a yellow card.
    • 20:21 Unfair challenge on Kevin-Prince Boateng by Tyrone Mears results in a free kick.
    • 19:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hassan Yebda on Clarke Carlisle. Direct free kick taken by Tyrone Mears.
    • 17:46 Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
    • 17:46 Booking Andre Bikey is booked.
    • 17:27 Andre Bikey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane.
    • 17:02 The ball is delivered by Wade Elliott, Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 14:55 Corner taken right-footed by Robbie Blake, Andre Bikey takes a shot. Tal Ben-Haim makes a clearance.
    • 14:42 Kevin McDonald produces a cross, Hermann Hreidarsson gets a block in.
    • 14:30 Wade Elliott delivers the ball, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.
    • 12:17 Tal Ben-Haim challenges Steven Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Robbie Blake from the free kick, save made by Asmir Begovic.
    • 9:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Smith by Stephen Jordan. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 8:09 The ball is sent over by Wade Elliott.
    • 5:55 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
    • 3:40 Steven Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Smith. Tal Ben-Haim restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:10 Unfair challenge on Robbie Blake by Michael Brown results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Jordan.
    • 2:29 Aruna Dindane is ruled offside. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
    • 1:46 The official flags Steven Fletcher offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 0:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hermann Hreidarsson on Tyrone Mears. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Robbie Blake from right wing.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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