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Coventry   1 - 2   Portsmouth

Coventry players show their disappointment after Portsmouth scored a late winner
Coventry could not hide their disappointment after Portsmouth's late winner

By Paul Fletcher

Aaron Mokoena scored in the final seconds of extra-time as Portsmouth defeated unfortunate Coventry in the third round of the FA Cup.

Leon Best had put Coventry ahead with a sensational strike on the turn from 20 yards in the first half.

Coventry skipper Stephen Wright then headed an own goal into his own net in the final minute of normal time.

Pompey dominated in extra-time, with Mokoena heading home from a corner to seal a tie against Sunderland.

The result was extremely harsh on Coventry, who deserved their draw in the first tie at Fratton Park and were the superior side for 70 minutes in Tuesday's replay.

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Chris Coleman's team, sent out in a 4-4-2 formation, played with a steel and resolve but were hit by two killer blows - none more painful than Wright's own goal with his team looking good to close out victory.

But the result could yet prove to be of incalculable importance to Portsmouth, who won the competition in 2008.

Avram Grant's team are currently bottom of the Premier League and under a transfer embargo - but the backs-against-the-wall nature of this victory could give them the kick-start their season so obviously needs.

In truth it was a largely uninspiring match played in front of a sparse crowd on a bitter night at the Ricoh Arena, but one that was nonetheless briefly illuminated by Best's breathtaking 22nd-minute strike.

The Coventry striker ended an eight-game goalless streak with his awesome right-footed finish - a goal worthy of gracing any occasion.

Sky Blues skipper Wright set the tone for their performance after 10 minutes when he made an industrious run towards goal, coming in off the right flank before forcing a save from Begovic with a crisp strike.

Pompey struggled to retain possession in the opening half and all too often wasted the few promising positions they did manage to create by playing a poor final ball.

Even so the highly rated Keiren Westwood had to be alert to make two low first-half saves from strikes from wide angles from Kevin-Prince Boateng, who was perhaps the liveliest of the Pompey forwards.

There was little hint of the much-needed improvement that was to follow from the Premier League team in the opening minutes of the second half - and Best might have sealed victory with an acrobatic volley that flew wide.

Pompey finally started to assert a measure of control with 20 minutes remaining, while the home team increasingly surrendered territory.

Aaron Mokoena celebrates his winner for Portsmouth
Mokoena scored his first goal for Portsmouth

Tommy Smith forced a decent save with a cross-cum-shot before Danny Webber came on for him and missed with a long-range effort.

Coventry looked to have held on but after a cross from substitute Angelos Basinas was headed into the six-yard box, Wright did what Pompey had failed to do by heading the ball beyond Westwood.

The only person close to Wright was team-mate Morrison and there was obviously a breakdown in communication.

There were few chances during extra-time but Michael Brown, who had been involved in several altercations with Coventry players during the game, played Webber clean through on goal but the striker was denied by Westwood.

Another glorious pass from the impressive Basinas then sent Utaka through but he tried to take the ball around Westwood and the striker's eventual shot from a tight angle was blocked.

A penalty shoot-out appeared to be certain but Pompey won a corner and the unmarked Mokoena scored his first goal for the south-coast club with a well-placed glancing header.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Coventry 1-2 Portsmouth FT
(HT 1-0)After Extra Time
  • Best 22
  • Wright (og) 90
  • Mokoena 120+1

Coventry

  • 01 Westwood
  • 02 Wright
  • 06 McPake
  • 15 Cranie yellow card
  • 24 Wood
  • 04 Clingan (Eastwood 46)
  • 07 Bell yellow card
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 21 McIndoe
  • 09 Best (Grandison 92)
  • 11 Morrison

Substitutes

  • 13 Konstantopoulos,
  • 03 Hall,
  • 14 Hussey,
  • 34 Grandison,
  • 32 Cain,
  • 10 Eastwood,
  • 36 Jeffers

Portsmouth

  • 31 Begovic
  • 07 Hreidarsson
  • 18 Vanden Borre
  • 04 Mokoena
  • 06 Mullins (Basinas 77)
  • 08 Diop
  • 11 Brown
  • 23 Boateng (Utaka 56)
  • 35 Wilson
  • 09 Piquionne
  • 20 Smith (Webber 70)

Substitutes

  • 21 Ashdown,
  • 14 Williamson,
  • 46 Sowah,
  • 17 Utaka,
  • 33 Basinas,
  • 19 Webber
Ref: JonesAtt: 7,097
COVENTRY
PORTSMOUTH

Possession

  • Coventry 46%
  • Portsmouth 54%

Attempts on target

  • Coventry 5
  • Portsmouth 10

Attempts off target

  • Coventry 2
  • Portsmouth 10

Corners

  • Coventry 5
  • Portsmouth 9

Fouls

  • Coventry 11
  • Portsmouth 15
  • Final Result
  • Extra Time Complete
  • 120:00+2:05 Extra time ends and the match is over.
  • 120:00+1:37 Michael McIndoe takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 120:00+0:29 Assist by Angelos Basinas.
  • 120:00+0:29 GOAL - Aaron MokoenaCoventry 1 - 2 Portsmouth Aaron Mokoena finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Coventry 1-2 Portsmouth.
  • 120:00+0:03 Outswinging corner taken by Angelos Basinas from the right by-line,
  • 119:55 The ball is sent over by Angelos Basinas, Aron Gunnarsson gets a block in.
  • 119:40 The ball is crossed by Frederic Piquionne, blocked by Richard Wood.
  • 119:19 John Utaka delivers the ball, Aron Gunnarsson gets a block in.
  • 118:46 Angelos Basinas has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 117:38 Corner taken left-footed by Michael McIndoe from the right by-line, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.
  • 116:48 Unfair challenge on Freddy Eastwood by Papa Bouba Diop results in a free kick. David Bell delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
  • 116:21 The ball is sent over by Anthony Vanden Borre, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 115:26 The ball is swung over by Hermann Hreidarsson, clearance made by Martin Cranie.
  • 114:49 A cross is delivered by Frederic Piquionne, James McPake manages to make a clearance.
  • 114:17 Corner taken by Michael Brown from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 113:52 John Utaka takes a shot. Blocked by James McPake.
  • 112:48 John Utaka has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 110:26 Danny Webber produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 108:56 Danny Webber takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.
  • 107:23 Effort from inside the area by John Utaka misses to the left of the goal.
  • Extra Time Started
  • 105:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half of extra time.
  • Extra Time Half Time
  • 105:00+0:21 The ball is swung over by David Bell.
  • 103:18 Jermaine Grandison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
  • 102:20 Aron Gunnarsson delivers the ball, save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 100:41 The official flags Frederic Piquionne offside. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 100:30 Angelos Basinas crosses the ball.
  • 97:53 The ball is delivered by Anthony Vanden Borre, save made by Keiren Westwood.
  • 97:11 Unfair challenge on Danny Webber by Martin Cranie results in a free kick. Danny Webber restarts play with the free kick.
  • 93:44 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Bell, save made by Asmir Begovic.
  • 92:46 John Utaka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael McIndoe. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 92:12 Inswinging corner taken by David Bell.
  • 91:27 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Bell, Aaron Mokoena makes a clearance.
  • 91:27 Substitution Jermaine Grandison is brought on as a substitute for Leon Best.
  • 91:03 The ball is delivered by Aron Gunnarsson, clearance by Anthony Vanden Borre.
  • 90:19 Danny Webber takes a shot. Blocked by James McPake.
  • Extra Time Started
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:20 Normal time is of over and the game goes into extra time.
  • 90:00+4:53 A cross is delivered by Danny Webber, clearance made by James McPake.
  • 90:00+3:53 Aron Gunnarsson crosses the ball.
  • 89:09 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Blocked by James McPake.
  • 89:09 GOAL - Stephen WrightCoventry 1 - 1 Portsmouth Headed own goal by Stephen Wright. Coventry 1-1 Portsmouth.
  • 88:44 Freddy Eastwood challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frederic Piquionne takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:44 James McPake is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Michael Brown.
  • 87:21 Hermann Hreidarsson takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Wood.
  • 86:54 Marc Wilson sends in a cross, clearance made by Martin Cranie.
  • 86:12 Aron Gunnarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
  • 85:40 Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 84:10 John Utaka is ruled offside. Keiren Westwood takes the indirect free kick.
  • 83:28 The referee blows for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:51 Michael McIndoe concedes a free kick for a foul on Papa Bouba Diop. Papa Bouba Diop restarts play with the free kick.
  • 79:58 David Bell produces a cross, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 79:10 Foul by Papa Bouba Diop on Michael McIndoe, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Martin Cranie from left wing, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
  • 76:37 Substitution Hayden Mullins goes off and Angelos Basinas comes on.
  • 75:56 Corner taken right-footed by Michael Brown from the left by-line to the near post, Michael McIndoe makes a clearance.
  • 74:47 The assistant referee signals for offside against John Utaka. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:12 Centre by Hermann Hreidarsson, Headed effort on goal by John Utaka from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 70:48 Effort from the edge of the box by Danny Webber goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 70:07 Anthony Vanden Borre takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 69:09 Corner taken by Michael Brown from the right by-line.
  • 69:09 Substitution Danny Webber joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tommy Smith.
  • 66:16 Papa Bouba Diop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael McIndoe. Martin Cranie takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:33 Header by Papa Bouba Diop from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 65:12 Inswinging corner taken by Michael Brown from the left by-line.
  • 64:50 Tommy Smith produces a cross, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 63:08 Hermann Hreidarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Best. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Michael McIndoe from right channel, Anthony Vanden Borre makes a clearance.
  • 62:41 John Utaka has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 61:59 The ball is swung over by Michael McIndoe, Effort on goal by Leon Best from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 61:39 Tommy Smith sends in a cross, James McPake manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:13 John Utaka produces a cross, James McPake manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:39 Anthony Vanden Borre takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:39 Booking Martin Cranie booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 60:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Cranie on Papa Bouba Diop.
  • 58:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Bell by John Utaka. Stephen Wright takes the direct free kick.
  • 58:07 Frederic Piquionne is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael McIndoe.
  • 57:59 Michael McIndoe delivers the ball, clearance by Papa Bouba Diop.
  • 57:44 The ball is crossed by Michael McIndoe, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
  • 55:43 Substitution John Utaka on for Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 53:59 A cross is delivered by Leon Best, blocked by Anthony Vanden Borre.
  • 51:16 The ball is crossed by Clinton Morrison.
  • 50:25 Marc Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Best. Direct free kick taken by Michael McIndoe.
  • 48:15 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin-Prince Boateng from the left by-line to the near post, Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Richard Wood. Free kick crossed by Kevin-Prince Boateng, Richard Wood manages to make a clearance.
  • 46:09 The ball is swung over by Frederic Piquionne, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Sammy Clingan goes off and Freddy Eastwood comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:11 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+3:11 The ball is swung over by Michael McIndoe, blocked by Anthony Vanden Borre. Corner taken by David Bell from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Aron Gunnarsson misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:00+2:07 Tommy Smith delivers the ball, James McPake manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+1:43 Clinton Morrison takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
  • 45:00+1:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frederic Piquionne on James McPake. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:12 Michael Brown crosses the ball, Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 44:41 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 44:02 The assistant referee signals for offside against Leon Best. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:45 Kevin-Prince Boateng delivers the ball, Hermann Hreidarsson takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 41:45 Booking David Bell is given a yellow card.
  • 41:05 Michael Brown fouled by David Bell, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 40:22 Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson. Direct free kick taken by Richard Wood.
  • 39:07 The ball is crossed by Michael Brown.
  • 38:18 Centre by David Bell.
  • 36:58 David Bell fouled by Kevin-Prince Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Wright.
  • 35:43 Aaron Mokoena concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Morrison. Michael McIndoe takes the free kick.
  • 32:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Papa Bouba Diop on Sammy Clingan. Stephen Wright takes the free kick.
  • 31:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael McIndoe by Anthony Vanden Borre. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 31:14 Leon Best challenges Hermann Hreidarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Kevin-Prince Boateng, Clinton Morrison makes a clearance.
  • 30:43 The offside flag is raised against Clinton Morrison. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 30:18 Centre by Marc Wilson, Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 29:02 The ball is delivered by Clinton Morrison, Aaron Mokoena manages to make a clearance.
  • 27:17 The ball is sent over by Tommy Smith, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 26:16 Inswinging corner taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 25:46 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 23:28 Centre by Tommy Smith, Sammy Clingan makes a clearance.
  • 22:55 The ball is swung over by Kevin-Prince Boateng, clearance made by Stephen Wright.
  • 21:39 GOAL - Leon BestCoventry 1 - 0 Portsmouth Leon Best finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Coventry 1-0 Portsmouth.
  • 17:37 Hayden Mullins challenges Leon Best unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Michael McIndoe from right channel, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
  • 16:48 Hayden Mullins produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 13:43 Corner taken short by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 13:34 Kevin-Prince Boateng produces a cross, clearance by James McPake.
  • 13:14 The ball is sent over by Kevin-Prince Boateng, Clinton Morrison manages to make a clearance.
  • 12:51 Corner taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng played to the near post.
  • 12:30 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Wood.
  • 9:49 Stephen Wright takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
  • 7:27 Centre by Kevin-Prince Boateng, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 6:58 Michael McIndoe sends in a cross, clearance by Marc Wilson.
  • 6:29 Unfair challenge on Papa Bouba Diop by Sammy Clingan results in a free kick. Anthony Vanden Borre restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:14 Anthony Vanden Borre concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Morrison. Stephen Wright takes the direct free kick.
  • 4:51 The ball is delivered by Kevin-Prince Boateng, clearance by James McPake.
  • 4:28 Unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by James McPake results in a free kick. Michael Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 1:39 The referee blows for offside against Richard Wood. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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