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Portsmouth   2 - 1   Sunderland

John Utaka
Nigerian striker Utaka joined Portsmouth in the summer of 2007

John Utaka's double ensured crisis-club Portsmouth came from behind to beat out Sunderland in the FA fourth round.

The Portsmouth fans launched a protest at the club's problems outside the ground and they intensified when Darren Bent volleyed in from eight yards.

But Utaka headed in after a mistake by visiting keeper Craig Gordan and after the break raced clear to finish calmly.

Asmir Begovic saved Bent's free-kick and Sunderland were furious late on as they felt the ball crossed the line.

The win provides brief respite for relegation-threatened Pompey, who have failed to pay their players three times this season and are the subject of a transfer embargo and a winding up order.

And around a thousand supporters voiced their displeasure at the way Pompey are being run in a pre-match protest around the city.

They besieged the directors' entrance in Frogmore Road, and subjected under-fire chief executive Peter Storrie to a chorus of boos.

However, there was no chance to question mysterious current owner Ali al-Faraj, who was again conspicuous by his absence, having failed to watch the team since taking over.

Sunderland might not have Pompey's financial problems, but they arrived at Fratton Park without an away win in 10 matches.

Even so the visitors had the better of the scrappy opening exchanges and took the lead when Jordan Henderson flicked on a Boudewijn Zenden long throw and Bent buried the chance for his 15th goal of the season.

With Portsmouth failing to create chances in a dour encounter, two exasperated home fans invaded the pitch before they were escorted off by players.

Portsmouth felt they should have had a penalty when Sunderland's Paulo Da Silva appeared to charge down with his hand as Kevin Prince Boateng tried to burst through.

The home side were soon gifted a reprieve, however, courtesy of an awful mistake from Gordon, returning to the side for the first time since November following injury.

The Scottish international needlessly wandered too far off his line as Mark Wilson aimed a hopeful diagonal into the box and Utaka, despite toppling backwards, managed to head the ball over him.

Utaka might have scored again following another rash moment from Gordon.

But the Nigerian international was soon celebrating his second as Gordon's goal-kick was powered back into the Sunderland half by a thunderous Younes Kaboul header, and Utaka streaked free to slot home.

Gordon did well to save Boateng's left-footed volley before Sunderland mounted a late charge.

Bent's firmly-struck shot was saved and Boateng then scrambled a Da Silva header off the line when the visitors were convinced it had gone over the line.

Sunderland could find no way back though and their miserable run without an away win, which stretches back to a Carling Cup match at Norwich on 24 August, continues.

Portsmouth's fans, by contrast, were able to sing for the right reasons as their team completed an impressive recovery and sealed a morale-boosting win ahead of a crucial league game against West Ham on Tuesday.

They were determined to reiterate their views, however, and returned to the directors' entrance after the game to ensure the Fratton Park hierarchy were left in no doubt about their feelings.


Portsmouth first-team coach Paul Groves:
"It was fantastic spirit from the players. What they showed on that pitch was great togetherness and they came away with a great result and good reward for it.

"I also have to give credit to the fans for the way they got behind us.

"They showed their frustrations, no doubt, but once they came into the stadium, they got behind the players.

"I think the players focused on the game in hand. It's a difficult task to play Sunderland, but they were well-focused on making sure they got a good result and a good performance."

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce on David Healy's disallowed late goal:
"Some would say the ball was over the line and David was convinced it was.

"Obviously, I couldn't tell from where I was but we needed that little bit of luck to maybe turn the corner.

"There was a header towards goal and I think David hooked it over the line. But I don't know for sure."

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Saturday, 23 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 2-1 Sunderland FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Utaka 42
  • Utaka 57
  • Bent 15

Portsmouth

Substitutes

Sunderland

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 10,315
PORTSMOUTH
SUNDERLAND

Possession

  • Portsmouth 46%
  • Sunderland 54%

Attempts on target

  • Portsmouth 5
  • Sunderland 3

Attempts off target

  • Portsmouth 3
  • Sunderland 1

Corners

  • Portsmouth 2
  • Sunderland 7

Fouls

  • Portsmouth 9
  • Sunderland 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:04 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+1:28 Substitution Frederic Piquionne goes off and Danny Webber comes on.
  • 87:48 Boudewijn Zenden takes the inswinging corner, Paulo Da Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Wilson.
  • 86:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell by Younes Kaboul. Darren Bent produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 84:42 Substitution Phillip Bardsley leaves the field to be replaced by David Healy.
  • 83:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng on Jordan Henderson. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
  • 81:50 Lorik Cana challenges Anthony Vanden Borre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Angelos Basinas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:20 Corner taken short by Boudewijn Zenden.
  • 80:09 The official flags Kevin-Prince Boateng offside. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 79:09 Substitution Fraizer Campbell comes on in place of Kenwyne Jones.
  • 78:34 Outswinging corner taken by Andy Reid from the left by-line played to the near post, Angelos Basinas manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:46 Kieran Richardson challenges Marc Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
  • 71:21 Substitution Andy Reid replaces David Meyler.
  • 70:59 Kevin-Prince Boateng produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 68:27 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
  • 67:23 Substitution Papa Bouba Diop leaves the field to be replaced by Hayden Mullins.
  • 64:41 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
  • 62:47 Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 56:58 Younes Kaboul provided the assist for the goal.
  • 56:58 GOAL - John UtakaPortsmouth 2 - 1 Sunderland John Utaka grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 2-1 Sunderland.
  • 56:18 Aaron Mokoena has a shot and went wide left of the goal.
  • 53:19 Foul by Papa Bouba Diop on David Meyler, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
  • 49:34 John Utaka takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a save.
  • 46:21 Foul by Lorik Cana on Kevin-Prince Boateng, free kick awarded. Angelos Basinas delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Michael Turner makes a clearance.
  • 45:28 Corner taken left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden to the near post, clearance by Angelos Basinas.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:35 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+1:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Hermann Hreidarsson. Free kick taken by Boudewijn Zenden.
  • 45:00+0:05 John Utaka has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
  • 43:45 Frederic Piquionne is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 43:28 Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Angelos Basinas. Angelos Basinas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:37 Assist by Marc Wilson.
  • 41:37 GOAL - John UtakaPortsmouth 1 - 1 Sunderland John Utaka grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Portsmouth 1-1 Sunderland.
  • 40:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Mokoena by Kenwyne Jones. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Utaka on Paulo Da Silva. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 33:25 Papa Bouba Diop fouled by Michael Turner, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Angelos Basinas from right wing, Kieran Richardson makes a clearance.
  • 31:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Meyler on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
  • 27:50 John Utaka concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Richardson. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:50 Booking John Utaka receives a caution.
  • 27:49 Booking The referee shows Kieran Richardson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 26:22 Corner taken by Angelos Basinas from the right by-line, clearance made by Michael Turner.
  • 24:31 The assistant referee signals for offside against Boudewijn Zenden. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
  • 24:00 Boudewijn Zenden fouled by Angelos Basinas, the ref awards a free kick. Kieran Richardson takes the free kick.
  • 22:58 Foul by Anthony Vanden Borre on Boudewijn Zenden, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Jordan Henderson, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
  • 22:24 Kenwyne Jones is caught offside. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
  • 21:21 Paulo Da Silva fouled by John Utaka, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 20:52 David Meyler is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Angelos Basinas delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Lorik Cana manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:26 Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Direct free kick taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 14:38 Assist by Jordan Henderson.
  • 14:38 GOAL - Darren BentPortsmouth 0 - 1 Sunderland Darren Bent scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 Sunderland.
  • 13:21 Corner taken left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden to the near post, clearance made by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 12:52 Inswinging corner taken by Boudewijn Zenden from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
  • 11:45 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden from the right by-line, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 8:09 Substitution Angelos Basinas comes on in place of Michael Brown.
  • 8:09 Substitution Michael Brown leaves the field to be replaced by Hayden Mullins.
  • 4:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown by Kenwyne Jones. Direct free kick taken by Hermann Hreidarsson.
  • 2:55 Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Brown, clearance by Lorik Cana.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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