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Burnley   1 - 2   Portsmouth

By Sam Lyon

Frederic Piquionne
Piquionne celebrates his opener with the loyal Portsmouth supporters

Portsmouth put their off-field turmoil to one side to see off strugglers Burnley and end the worst week in the club's history with a deserved victory.

The day after entering administration, a free-flowing Portsmouth took the lead through Frederic Piquionne's tap-in.

Martin Paterson levelled with a fine hooked lob over keeper David James.

But despite Brian Jensen's penalty save from Jamie O'Hara, Hassan Yebda scored a second spot-kick to win it for Pompey before Ricardo Rocha's late red card.

It was just reward for Portsmouth on the back of a spirited and ambitious approach that belied their stricken position off the field.

For Burnley, however, it was another devastating defeat as their recent run extended to just one win in 16 matches and they remain mired in the relegation zone.

On this showing, it is hard to see how either side can avoid having to play Championship football next season - Portsmouth by virtue of the nine-point penalty that administration brings and the 14 points adrift of safety that it will leave them, and Burnley on account of their desperate defence and goal-shy attack.

Carlisle 'horror' mistakes frustrate Laws

Brian Laws' men will, at least, be buoyed by Paterson's performance on his first league start since September, but in truth the Clarets could have lost by more in the face of Pompey's ambition.

Only a linesman's flag denied the visitors the opener, Danny Webber flicking Nadir Belhadj's cross in at the near post from an offside position.

And the same player should have done better when he was set free in the box, only to drag his tame shot wide.

But there was no mistake on 25 minutes, the impressive O'Hara laying in Webber, whose cross to the far post was poked in by Piquionne.

Portsmouth were only inches away from a second before half-time, too, but O'Hara's fine curling effort crashed off the bar and Danny Fox then bravely denied Webber's follow-up shot.

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Before that, though, Burnley had equalised. Steven Fletcher flicked on Jensen's long clearance and Paterson - who had earlier troubled the Pompey backline with a jinking run and shot that James saved - fired a brilliant lob over the keeper and under the bar.

The hosts were only ever threatening in spells in a remarkably open game.

And with Burnley's Clark Carlisle enduring a match to forget, it appeared written that Portsmouth would somehow find a winner to secure only a second away win in 27 matches.

The defender was guilty of fouling Piquionne in the box, only for Jensen to spare his blushes with a fine save from O'Hara's placed spot-kick.

Portsmouth character pleases Grant

But Carlisle then went and conceded a second penalty on 75 minutes, this time hauling John Utaka down in the box, and Yebda made no mistake with a pin-point finish.

O'Hara and Utaka both forced further good saves from Jensen, while at the other end Fletcher missed a glorious chance at 1-1 when, unmarked, he headed Paterson's centre over from six yards out.

There was to be no denying Portsmouth victory, though, despite Rocha's late dismissal for two yellow cards.

The three points will ensure the visiting fans travel back to the south coast with pride intact, even if their club is not on as firm a footing.

But Burnley must hope for a turnaround in form soon if they are to avoid relegation back into the second tier of football.


Burnley manager Brian Laws:
"We have shot ourselves in the foot today. We gave two really poor penalties away and the second one in particular was inexplicable.

"To give Portsmouth the three points is devastating. The captain (Carlisle) has to hold his hands up and take the blame for that. He's absolutely devastated but there's no hiding place, we all know what happened.

"Any game you lose is a setback, especially at home. We didn't get anything out of today's game, so we'll just have to get something out of our next game."

Portsmouth boss Avram Grant:
Points deduction unjust - Grant

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Burnley 1-2 Portsmouth FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Paterson 31
  • Piquionne 25
  • Yebda (pen) 76

Burnley

Substitutes

Portsmouth

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 19,714
BURNLEY
PORTSMOUTH

Possession

  • Burnley 48%
  • Portsmouth 52%

Attempts on target

  • Burnley 8
  • Portsmouth 5

Attempts off target

  • Burnley 6
  • Portsmouth 8

Corners

  • Burnley 4
  • Portsmouth 3

Fouls

  • Burnley 12
  • Portsmouth 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:28 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • Correction - 90:00+4:49 The ball is crossed by Daniel Fox, Leon Cort takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 90:00+4:49 The ball is delivered by Daniel Fox, Leon Cort takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 90:00+2:37 Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Fox, Papa Bouba Diop manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox, Header from close range by Steven Thompson misses to the right of the target.
  • 90:00+2:37 Substitution Papa Bouba Diop replaces Danny Webber.
  • 90:00+2:37 Unfair challenge on Tyrone Mears by Nadir Belhadj results in a free kick.
  • 90:00+0:43 Strike comes in from Tyrone Mears from the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:43 Sent off The referee shows Ricardo Rocha a red card.
  • 90:00+0:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Rocha on Jack Cork.
  • 89:31 Nadir Belhadj crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Brian Jensen.
  • 89:31 Substitution Jamie O'Hara goes off and Michael Brown comes on.
  • 89:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Webber by Martin Paterson.
  • 88:40 Jamie O'Hara concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Eagles. Strike comes in from Daniel Fox from the free kick, David James makes a comfortable save.
  • 87:55 The offside flag is raised against John Utaka. Indirect free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 87:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hermann Hreidarsson by Martin Paterson. Free kick taken by David James.
  • 86:56 Martin Paterson takes a shot. Comfortable save by David James.
  • 84:13 Tyrone Mears has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 84:13 Booking Ricardo Rocha goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 84:09 Foul by Ricardo Rocha on Chris Eagles, free kick awarded.
  • 82:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thompson on Ricardo Rocha. Direct free kick taken by David James.
  • 81:23 Frederic Piquionne concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McDonald. Brian Jensen takes the direct free kick.
  • 80:58 Ricardo Rocha takes the direct free kick.
  • 80:58 Booking Caution for Marc Wilson.
  • 80:10 Kevin McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson.
  • 78:45 Substitution Robbie Blake goes off and Steven Thompson comes on.
  • 78:45 A cross is delivered by Nadir Belhadj, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Frederic Piquionne misses to the right of the target.
  • 77:30 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Rocha by Steven Fletcher results in a free kick. David James takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:57 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
  • 75:27 Assist by John Utaka.
  • 75:27 GOAL - Hassan YebdaBurnley 1 - 2 Portsmouth Hassan Yebda scores a placed penalty. Burnley 1-2 Portsmouth.
  • 74:58 Booking Booking for Clarke Carlisle for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:40 Penalty awarded for a foul by Clarke Carlisle on John Utaka.
  • 70:14 Steve Finnan challenges Robbie Blake unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 69:12 The ball is sent over by Tyrone Mears, David James makes a save.
  • 68:28 Daniel Fox takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 68:05 Steven Fletcher fouled by Hassan Yebda, the ref awards a free kick. Tyrone Mears restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:53 Martin Paterson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Finnan. David James takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:43 The ball is delivered by Chris Eagles, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance.
  • 65:08 The ball is delivered by Tyrone Mears, Hassan Yebda manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:29 Unfair challenge on Robbie Blake by Danny Webber results in a free kick. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
  • 62:18 David James takes the indirect free kick.
  • 62:18 Substitution (Burnley) makes a substitution, with Jack Cork coming on for Andre Bikey.
  • 62:18 Substitution Chris Eagles replaces Wade Elliott.
  • 62:18 Steven Fletcher is ruled offside.
  • 61:45 Robbie Blake crosses the ball, Hermann Hreidarsson makes a clearance. Martin Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by Ricardo Rocha.
  • 61:10 Danny Webber crosses the ball, clearance made by Leon Cort.
  • 60:10 Martin Paterson sends in a cross, Steven Fletcher has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 57:16 The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Webber. Indirect free kick taken by Clarke Carlisle.
  • 56:44 Nadir Belhadj delivers the ball, Brian Jensen makes a save.
  • 54:53 A save by Brian Jensen from penalty by Jamie O'Hara. Burnley 1-1 Portsmouth.
  • 54:53 Clarke Carlisle concedes a Penalty for a foul on Frederic Piquionne.
  • 53:43 Jamie O'Hara takes a inswinging corner to the near post, John Utaka has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • Correction - 51:30 A cross is delivered by Martin Paterson, save by David James.
  • 51:30 Centre by Martin Paterson, save by David James.
  • 50:38 Martin Paterson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:49 Hassan Yebda crosses the ball, clearance by Clarke Carlisle.
  • 48:58 Andre Bikey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Utaka. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:05 Danny Webber produces a cross, clearance by Tyrone Mears.
  • 47:05 Foul by Kevin McDonald on Hassan Yebda, free kick awarded. Hassan Yebda restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:09 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+1:14 Centre by Martin Paterson, David James makes a save.
  • 44:38 John Utaka takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 43:57 The ball is swung over by Nadir Belhadj, clearance by Daniel Fox.
  • 40:41 Shot from just outside the box by Jamie O'Hara goes over the bar.
  • 39:31 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Danny Webber takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Cort. Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie O'Hara, clearance made by Andre Bikey.
  • 38:50 Substitution John Utaka joins the action as a substitute, replacing Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.
  • 37:57 The ball is swung over by Steven Fletcher, Hermann Hreidarsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:29 Danny Webber produces a cross, save by Brian Jensen.
  • 36:08 Robbie Blake takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Hermann Hreidarsson.
  • 34:59 Wade Elliott takes a shot. Save made by David James.
  • 31:57 Hassan Yebda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Blake. Robbie Blake shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 30:36 The assist for the goal came from Brian Jensen.
  • 30:36 GOAL - Martin PatersonBurnley 1 - 1 Portsmouth Martin Paterson fires in a goal from just inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Burnley 1-1 Portsmouth.
  • 29:21 The ball is crossed by Kevin McDonald, David James makes a save. Corner taken by Robbie Blake from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.
  • 28:34 Steven Fletcher produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 27:31 Hassan Yebda produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 26:43 Hermann Hreidarsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Paterson. Clarke Carlisle takes the free kick.
  • 24:26 The assist for the goal came from Danny Webber.
  • 24:26 GOAL - Frederic PiquionneBurnley 0 - 1 Portsmouth Goal scored by Frederic Piquionne from close in low into the middle of the goal. Burnley 0-1 Portsmouth.
  • 24:03 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Fletcher. David James takes the indirect free kick.
  • 23:44 The ball is delivered by Wade Elliott, clearance by Ricardo Rocha.
  • 21:35 Unfair challenge on Hassan Yebda by Martin Paterson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Steve Finnan, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:13 Shot by Quincy Owusu-Abeyie. Save made by Brian Jensen.
  • 17:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Paterson by Ricardo Rocha. Robbie Blake delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 15:56 Martin Paterson takes a shot. David James makes a comfortable save.
  • 15:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie O'Hara on Daniel Fox. Direct free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 14:32 Hassan Yebda takes a shot. Save made by Brian Jensen.
  • 13:36 Corner taken short by Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, The ball is sent over by Nadir Belhadj. The offside flag is raised against Danny Webber. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 12:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher by Hassan Yebda. Brian Jensen takes the direct free kick.
  • 11:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Quincy Owusu-Abeyie. Brian Jensen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 9:44 Danny Webber has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 8:18 Wade Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Quincy Owusu-Abeyie. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 4:13 Steven Fletcher sends in a cross, clearance by Ricardo Rocha.
  • 3:04 Shot from long range by Jamie O'Hara goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 1:21 The offside flag is raised against Frederic Piquionne. Leon Cort takes the indirect free kick.
  • 0:48 Martin Paterson produces a cross, clearance made by Hermann Hreidarsson.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 28 39 61
2 Man Utd 28 42 60
3 Arsenal 28 35 58
4 Man City 27 17 49
5 Tottenham 27 22 46
6 Liverpool 27 16 45
7 Aston Villa 26 16 45
8 Birmingham 27 -2 40
9 Everton 26 1 38
10 Fulham 27 3 37
11 Stoke 27 -5 34
12 Blackburn 27 -14 34
13 West Ham 27 -8 27
14 Sunderland 26 -12 26
15 Bolton 27 -19 26
16 Wigan 27 -27 25
17 Wolves 27 -24 24
18 Hull 27 -29 24
19 Burnley 27 -29 23
20 Portsmouth 27 -22 19

see also
Points deduction unjust - Grant
27 Feb 10 |  Portsmouth
Saturday football as it happened
27 Feb 10 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
27 Feb 10 |  Football
Administrator vows to save Pompey
26 Feb 10 |  Portsmouth


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