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Portsmouth   1 - 1   Coventry

Coventry players celebrate the opening goal
Coventry players mob Bell after his first-half opener at Fratton Park

Kevin-Prince Boateng headed home an inch-perfect Richard Hughes cross to earn struggling Portsmouth's unpaid Premier League stars a replay.

David Bell gave the Championship side an early lead with a 20-yard screamer inside a half-empty Fratton Park.

But Boateng rescued the home side, who should receive their December pay early next week, in first-half injury time.

Portsmouth could not find a second-half winner despite Coventry keeper Keiren Westwood withdrawing at the break.

Greek stopper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, who replaced the impressive Westwood, pulled off a number of saves to deny the top-flight side victory.

Portsmouth went into the clash without influential midfielder Jamie O'Hara, who watched from the stands after his loan deal from Tottenham expired.

Asmir Begovic continued to cover for injured goalkeeper David James, who is still struggling with a calf problem, while Nadir Belhadj, Kanu, Hassan Yebda and Aruna Dindane were all on African Cup of Nations duty.

But the cash-strapped home side started brightly, with Tommy Smith testing Westwood after only three minutes, and Portsmouth had enjoyed the majority of the first-half chances until Bell unleashed a precision right-foot shot low past Begovic.

With half an hour gone, Pompey redoubled their efforts to find a way past Westwood - and, despite several saves from the 25-year-old, they found a way through thanks to an excellent cross from Hughes.

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His ball in from the left of the box gave Boateng the opportunity to nod home with ease, right on the brink of half-time.

That goal should have given Portsmouth some much-needed momentum, but Coventry looked more than capable of humbling the 2008 FA Cup winners as the game restarted, putting Avram Grant's side under increasing pressure as the second half wore on.

Clinton Morrison scuffed his shot over the bar five minutes after the break, before Sammy Clingan forced Begovic into a stop with a half-volley from 25 yards after 70 minutes.

Portsmouth did up the tempo in the latter stages but Konstantopoulos was inspired, parrying Boateng's strike from six yards, then producing a brilliant save at full stretch to keep out another, curling Boateng effort.

Pompey continued to edge the contest but the Sky Blues' back-up keeper made sure of the replay with excellent late stops from John Utaka and Smith.


Coventry manager Chris Coleman:
"It will be a better result for us than Portsmouth with their current situation.

"I think, on the balance of play, it was a fair result. I thought we did well and we coped well when we had to.

"We were disappointed to concede when we did - a minute before half-time. That's two games running this lack of concentration has let us down.

"I was very pleased with the lads - I thought they applied themselves really well."

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Saturday, 2 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 1-1 Coventry FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Boateng 45+1
  • Bell 30

Portsmouth

Substitutes

Coventry

  • 01 Westwood (Konstantopoulos 46)
  • 02 Wright yellow card
  • 06 McPake
  • 15 Cranie
  • 24 Wood yellow card
  • 04 Clingan
  • 07 Bell
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 21 McIndoe
  • 10 Eastwood
  • 11 Morrison (Best 74)

Substitutes

  • 13 Konstantopoulos,
  • 03 Hall,
  • 05 Ward,
  • 14 Hussey,
  • 34 Grandison,
  • 09 Best,
  • 36 Jeffers
Ref: DowdAtt: 11,214
PORTSMOUTH
COVENTRY

Possession

  • Portsmouth 58%
  • Coventry 42%

Attempts on target

  • Portsmouth 10
  • Coventry 4

Attempts off target

  • Portsmouth 2
  • Coventry 2

Corners

  • Portsmouth 11
  • Coventry 4

Fouls

  • Portsmouth 11
  • Coventry 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:25 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+3:37 Booking Younes Kaboul receives a yellow card.
  • Correction - 90:00+3:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by Younes Kaboul. Direct free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.
  • 90:00+3:34 Younes Kaboul concedes a free kick for a foul on Aron Gunnarsson. Sammy Clingan takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+2:38 Inswinging corner taken by Tommy Smith from the left by-line played to the near post, Freddy Eastwood makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:24 Tommy Smith takes a shot. Dimitrios Konstantopoulos makes a save.
  • 90:00+1:59 John Utaka takes a shot. Dimitrios Konstantopoulos makes a save.
  • 90:00+0:55 Sammy Clingan takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
  • 89:27 Direct free kick taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 89:27 Booking Richard Wood booked.
  • 89:16 Richard Wood concedes a free kick for a foul on John Utaka.
  • 85:31 Unfair challenge on David Bell by Michael Brown results in a free kick. Michael McIndoe takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:56 Right-footed shot by Martin Cranie went wide right of the post.
  • 84:25 Kevin-Prince Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael McIndoe. Free kick taken by Martin Cranie.
  • 82:40 Inswinging corner taken by David Bell, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
  • 80:49 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Dimitrios Konstantopoulos makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Kevin-Prince Boateng from the right by-line, James McPake makes a clearance.
  • 79:04 Substitution Frederic Piquionne leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Webber.
  • Correction - 77:50 Leon Best fouled by Marc Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Sammy Clingan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:50 Marc Wilson challenges Leon Best unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sammy Clingan takes the free kick.
  • 77:28 Unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by Tommy Smith results in a free kick. Dimitrios Konstantopoulos takes the free kick.
  • 76:13 John Utaka fouled by Martin Cranie, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 75:28 Frederic Piquionne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Wood. Richard Wood takes the free kick.
  • 72:58 Dimitrios Konstantopoulos restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:58 Substitution Leon Best comes on in place of Clinton Morrison.
  • 72:58 Frederic Piquionne is ruled offside.
  • 72:35 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes the inswinging corner, Clinton Morrison manages to make a clearance.
  • 72:08 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes the inswinging corner, Clinton Morrison makes a clearance.
  • 70:39 Substitution Papa Bouba Diop leaves the field to be replaced by John Utaka.
  • 69:32 Sammy Clingan takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 66:49 Foul by David Bell on Michael Brown, free kick awarded. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:18 Freddy Eastwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Wilson. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
  • 62:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Brown on Clinton Morrison. Michael McIndoe takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:59 The referee blows for offside against Kevin-Prince Boateng. Dimitrios Konstantopoulos restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:03 Richard Wood challenges Papa Bouba Diop unfairly and gives away a free kick. Younes Kaboul produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 58:11 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bell played to the near post.
  • 56:01 Strike comes in from Sammy Clingan from the free kick.
  • 56:01 Substitution Hayden Mullins on for Richard Hughes.
  • 56:01 Marc Wilson challenges Clinton Morrison unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 55:07 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin-Prince Boateng from the left by-line to the near post, Stephen Wright manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:17 Clinton Morrison takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 53:36 Hermann Hreidarsson challenges David Bell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Wright.
  • 49:31 Frederic Piquionne is caught offside. Dimitrios Konstantopoulos restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:25 Hermann Hreidarsson takes the free kick.
  • 48:25 Booking The referee shows Stephen Wright a yellow card.
  • 48:16 Foul by Stephen Wright on Kevin-Prince Boateng, free kick awarded.
  • 47:48 Hermann Hreidarsson takes a shot. Save by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:01 Substitution Keiren Westwood leaves the field to be replaced by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:29 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:50 The assist for the goal came from Richard Hughes.
  • 45:00+0:50 GOAL - Kevin-Prince BoatengPortsmouth 1 - 1 Coventry Kevin-Prince Boateng scores a headed goal from close range. Portsmouth 1-1 Coventry.
  • 41:25 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin-Prince Boateng from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 39:33 Marc Wilson produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 39:00 Richard Hughes decides to take a short corner.
  • 38:23 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood. Corner taken right-footed by Kevin-Prince Boateng from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by David Bell.
  • 36:10 Unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by Papa Bouba Diop results in a free kick. Martin Cranie restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:12 Frederic Piquionne has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 29:50 GOAL - David BellPortsmouth 0 - 1 Coventry A goal is scored by David Bell from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 Coventry.
  • 24:46 Inswinging corner taken by Michael McIndoe from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Brown.
  • 23:34 The referee gives a free kick against Steve Finnan for handball. Free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.
  • 19:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hermann Hreidarsson by Richard Wood. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
  • 14:41 Corner taken right-footed by Kevin-Prince Boateng to the near post, clearance by James McPake.
  • 13:19 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes the outswinging corner, save made by Keiren Westwood.
  • 12:23 Corner taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng from the right by-line to the near post, Sammy Clingan manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:05 Aron Gunnarsson challenges Papa Bouba Diop unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Finnan.
  • 8:56 Michael McIndoe challenges Tommy Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Younes Kaboul restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:34 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.
  • 6:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Clinton Morrison on Michael Brown. Direct free kick taken by Michael Brown.
  • 4:14 Michael McIndoe takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Hermann Hreidarsson.
  • 2:06 Tommy Smith takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 0:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Bell by Marc Wilson. Stephen Wright takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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