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Southampton   1 - 4   Portsmouth

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer, at St Mary's

Aruna Dindane (left) scored Portsmouth's second goal
Dindane scored Portsmouth's second goal

Portsmouth finally received some respite from their troubles as a late goal glut gave them their first FA Cup victory against fierce south coast rivals Southampton at St Mary's.

With a provisional High Court date set for 1 March to hear a winding-up petition after being granted a one-week stay of execution to allow them to draw up a statement of their financial affairs, Avram Grant's side desperately need to win this fifth-round tie to lift the gloom hanging over their season.

And for long periods of a pulsating clash, played out in an atmosphere brimming with mutual hostility, it looked like Pompey would be deprived of even that measure of comfort.

Southampton, who have won the previous four FA Cup meetings between the teams, created and wasted a succession of first-half chances, the best of which saw Papa Waigo N'Diaye's header clawed out by Pompey keeper David James.

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James saved brilliantly from Adam Lallana seconds after half-time before the introduction of substitute Quincy Owusu-Abeyie finally gave Pompey the platform to demonstrate their greater quality.

Owusu-Abeyie, signed on loan until the summer from Spartak Moscow in the transfer window, provided a touch of class to open the scoring after 66 minutes, although Ricky Lambert's header four minutes later put Southampton on level terms.

Former Arsenal striker Owusu-Abeyie then set up Aruna Dindane to restore Pompey's lead after 75 minutes - the killer blow, and the moment when the steam finally ran out of Southampton's fine challenge.

As gaps appeared in all parts, Pompey ruthlessly took advantage, as Nadir Belhadj sprinted away to add a third, with Owusu-Abeyie involved again to set up Jamie O'Hara to score a fourth that gave the scoreline a highly flattering appearance.

But Pompey, who are cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier League, will not complain about the injection of confidence - and cash into the coffers - from their advance into the last eight of the FA Cup.

The manner in which the normally impassive Grant celebrated in front of Portsmouth's fans at the final whistle, bowing flamboyantly, illustrated the importance of this victory.

Southampton opened at a pace designed to disrupt the rhythm of their Premier League rivals - and it almost worked as they fashioned, and then wasted, an early opening.

Papa Waigo looked certain to score as he met Lambert's cross at the far post, but James did well to scramble his downward header to safety with Southampton fans already on their feet celebrating a goal.

Pompey's attack efforts were few and far between, but O'Hara brought a fine save from Southampton keeper Kelvin Davis with a dipping 20-yard effort.

The rest of the opening period was a tale of Southampton domination, but they could not produce the piece of quality to pierce an uncertain Portsmouth rearguard.

Pompey, for their part, simply could not get Dindane and John Utaka into positions to pose any serious threat.

James survived a scare after 34 minutes when he fumbled Lambert's corner on to the head of Radhi Jaidi, but the Tunisian was taken by surprise and failed to cash in.

Southampton again tested James as the interval approached when another Lambert corner created confusion, but he was able to block Wayne Thomas' header.

Saints were first out of the blocks again in the second half, and it took a crucial save from James to keep out Lallana's header as he stole in on the end of Michail Antonio's cross.

Pompey finally sparked into life and Dindane was inches wide on the turn from 20 yards, while Davis needed to be alert at his near post when Utaka broke clear inside the area.

Grant introduced Owusu-Abeyie to give his side fresh impetus, and the switch worked a treat as he broke the deadlock after 66 minutes.

Allowed to turn inside the area, Owusu-Abeyie made Southampton pay a heavy price by curling a low and precise finish beyond Davis.

Pompey's lead was short-lived as Saints were swiftly back on terms, Lambert heading Dan Harding's free-kick beyond James for his 24th goal of the season.

Just as Saints thought the momentum was back with them, Portsmouth struck on the break to regain the lead.

Owusu-Abeyie played in Dindane, and even though Davis got a hand to his finish, the ball rolled in.

A win that allows troubled Portsmouth to at least assert their supremacy over Southampton and provides a morale boost was wrapped up as Belhadj sprinted clear and tucked a neat finish inside Davis' near post.

The agony increased for Saints as they pressed forward in the hope of a miracle, leaving themselves wide open for another sucker punch, and it allowed Belhadj to race into open spaces again.

He found Owusu-Abeyie, who set up the excellent O'Hara for the fourth.

It set the seal on a win that had Pompey fans forgetting their troubles and dreaming of Wembley again as they wait to see if the club can find a long-term saviour.


Portsmouth manager Avram Grant:

"We believed that we could win the game, (maybe) not 4-1, because Southampton played very well tactically in the first half.

"Second half we were much better.

"It's good for the club and good for the fans.

"Since the draw everybody spoke only about this game, like there is no league, so it is very important for everybody."

Southampton manager Alan Pardew:

"We tried to play a controlled game and not to open it up.

"We did well with that. We were very disappointed not to be leading at half-time, David James was terrific, and it was evenly poised.

"Psychologically, scoring first would have been tough for Portsmouth.

"I think next time we'll play them we'll be in a stronger position. We are a lot closer than the team that played because we had players unavailable."

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Saturday, 13 February 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Southampton 1-4 Portsmouth FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Lambert 70
  • Owusu-Abeyie 66
  • Dindane 75
  • Belhadj 82
  • O'Hara 85

Southampton

  • 01 Davis
  • 02 Harding
  • 03 Thomas
  • 05 Perry (Holmes 83)
  • 06 Jaidi
  • 14 Hammond yellow card
  • 19 Schneiderlin
  • 37 Antonio
  • 07 Lambert
  • 09 Papa Waigo (Barnard 72)
  • 20 Lallana

Substitutes

  • 28 Bialkowski,
  • 18 Mills,
  • 23 James,
  • 08 Gillett,
  • 10 Wotton,
  • 11 Holmes,
  • 17 Barnard

Portsmouth

Substitutes

Ref: WebbAtt: 31,385
SOUTHAMPTON
PORTSMOUTH

Possession

  • Southampton 44%
  • Portsmouth 56%

Attempts on target

  • Southampton 10
  • Portsmouth 7

Attempts off target

  • Southampton 7
  • Portsmouth 4

Corners

  • Southampton 4
  • Portsmouth 6

Fouls

  • Southampton 11
  • Portsmouth 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:05 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+2:46 Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 90:00+1:57 Substitution Richard Hughes on for Hermann Hreidarsson.
  • 90:00+1:29 Lee Holmes sends in a cross, clearance by Nadir Belhadj.
  • 90:00+0:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Barnard by Hermann Hreidarsson. Direct free kick taken by Adam Lallana.
  • 88:53 The ball is crossed by Michail Antonio, clearance by Marc Wilson.
  • 86:43 Corner crossed in by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 84:50 The assist for the goal came from Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.
  • 84:50 GOAL - Jamie O'HaraSouthampton 1 - 4 Portsmouth Jamie O'Hara finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 1-4 Portsmouth.
  • 84:14 Richard Lambert takes the inswinging corner, Hermann Hreidarsson makes a clearance.
  • 83:33 Nadir Belhadj concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Hammond. Free kick taken by Radhi Jaidi.
  • 82:56 Substitution Chris Perry goes off and Lee Holmes comes on.
  • 81:50 Assist on the goal came from Jamie O'Hara.
  • 81:50 GOAL - Nadir BelhadjSouthampton 1 - 3 Portsmouth Nadir Belhadj fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 1-3 Portsmouth.
  • 80:31 Header from deep inside the area by Michail Antonio goes over the bar.
  • 80:08 Chris Perry fouled by Frederic Piquionne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 79:19 The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Barnard. David James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 78:28 Wayne Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on Quincy Owusu-Abeyie. Nadir Belhadj takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:00 Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.
  • 78:00 Booking Hassan Yebda goes into the referee's book.
  • 77:53 Morgan Schneiderlin fouled by Hassan Yebda, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 77:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Hammond on Frederic Piquionne. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 75:29 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Richard Lambert, Effort on goal by Dean Hammond from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 74:12 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie provided the assist for the goal.
  • 74:12 GOAL - Aruna DindaneSouthampton 1 - 2 Portsmouth Aruna Dindane grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 1-2 Portsmouth.
  • 73:58 Richard Lambert takes a shot. Blocked by Hermann Hreidarsson.
  • 73:13 Michail Antonio has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 72:45 Aruna Dindane is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 71:37 Substitution (Southampton) makes a substitution, with Lee Barnard coming on for Ndiaye Papa Waigo.
  • 71:19 Substitution Frederic Piquionne comes on in place of John Utaka.
  • 70:34 Ndiaye Papa Waigo delivers the ball, save by David James.
  • 69:18 Assist by Dan Harding.
  • 69:18 GOAL - Richard LambertSouthampton 1 - 1 Portsmouth Richard Lambert scores a headed goal from close in. Southampton 1-1 Portsmouth.
  • Correction - 68:39 Hermann Hreidarsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Lambert. A cross is delivered by Dan Harding,
  • 68:39 Unfair challenge on Richard Lambert by Hermann Hreidarsson results in a free kick. Dan Harding takes the direct free kick.
  • 67:46 The ball is crossed by Nadir Belhadj.
  • 67:34 Dean Hammond takes a shot. Save made by David James.
  • 65:57 John Utaka provided the assist for the goal.
  • 65:57 GOAL - Quincy Owusu-AbeyieSouthampton 0 - 1 Portsmouth Quincy Owusu-Abeyie fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southampton 0-1 Portsmouth.
  • 65:13 Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Ndiaye Papa Waigo.
  • 64:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Papa Bouba Diop by Michail Antonio. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:50 The ball is swung over by Hassan Yebda.
  • 63:14 Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 61:23 Dean Hammond challenges Quincy Owusu-Abeyie unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 60:56 Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from left wing, Wayne Thomas manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:56 Booking Dean Hammond is shown a yellow card.
  • 60:35 Adam Lallana produces a overhead kick right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save made by David James.
  • 59:56 Dan Harding takes a shot. David James makes a comfortable save.
  • 57:25 Substitution Quincy Owusu-Abeyie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Angelos Basinas.
  • 54:56 Inswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 54:26 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Angelos Basinas.
  • 54:15 John Utaka takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Davis.
  • 53:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hassan Yebda on Dan Harding. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Richard Lambert.
  • 52:48 Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 52:48 Booking Aruna Dindane receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 52:42 Aruna Dindane is adjudged to have handled the ball.
  • 52:02 Foul by Dan Harding on Hassan Yebda, free kick awarded. Angelos Basinas takes the free kick.
  • 51:28 Headed effort on goal by Papa Bouba Diop from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 51:07 Handball by Dean Hammond. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 49:33 The ball is delivered by Michail Antonio, Effort from close range by Dean Hammond goes wide left of the target.
  • 48:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michail Antonio by Papa Bouba Diop. Richard Lambert restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:28 Aruna Dindane produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 46:43 John Utaka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Radhi Jaidi. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:45 Centre by Michail Antonio, Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:25 The match has reached half-time.
  • 43:16 Richard Lambert takes the inswinging corner, Wayne Thomas takes a shot. Save made by David James.
  • 42:25 Ndiaye Papa Waigo is ruled offside. David James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:25 A cross is delivered by Jamie O'Hara, Dan Harding gets a block in.
  • 39:58 Foul by Ndiaye Papa Waigo on Angelos Basinas, free kick awarded. Angelos Basinas takes the free kick.
  • 37:51 Dan Harding fouled by Aruna Dindane, the ref awards a free kick. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:22 Dean Hammond is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
  • 33:26 Inswinging corner taken by Richard Lambert, Radhi Jaidi produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
  • Correction - 31:43 Jamie O'Hara produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 31:43 Jamie O'Hara has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 30:46 Angelos Basinas is adjudged to have handled the ball. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.
  • 30:33 Centre by Jamie O'Hara, Chris Perry manages to make a clearance.
  • 29:21 A cross is delivered by John Utaka.
  • 28:59 The ball is sent over by John Utaka, clearance by Radhi Jaidi.
  • 27:47 The ball is crossed by Michail Antonio.
  • 26:47 Adam Lallana crosses the ball, clearance by Marc Wilson.
  • 25:47 Richard Lambert takes a shot. Blocked by Hermann Hreidarsson.
  • 25:03 Hassan Yebda crosses the ball.
  • 22:44 Jamie O'Hara takes the inswinging corner, save by Kelvin Davis.
  • 22:27 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.
  • 19:27 Jamie O'Hara has an effort at goal from 25 yards. John Utaka gets a block in.
  • 18:56 Dan Harding sends in a cross.
  • 18:25 The ball is delivered by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 18:11 The ball is swung over by Jamie O'Hara, Chris Perry makes a clearance.
  • 17:15 The ball is swung over by Ndiaye Papa Waigo, David James makes a save.
  • 16:37 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Angelos Basinas from the left by-line, clearance by Radhi Jaidi.
  • 15:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie O'Hara on Wayne Thomas. Free kick taken by Wayne Thomas.
  • Correction - 13:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane by Radhi Jaidi. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jamie O'Hara.
  • 13:10 Foul by Radhi Jaidi on Aruna Dindane, free kick awarded. Jamie O'Hara has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 12:40 Marc Wilson fouled by Dean Hammond, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David James.
  • 11:29 Foul by Wayne Thomas on Nadir Belhadj, free kick awarded. David James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:45 Papa Bouba Diop concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Lallana. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:06 Headed cross/shot by Richard Lambert, save made by David James.
  • 8:05 Effort from the edge of the box by Morgan Schneiderlin goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 7:22 Hassan Yebda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michail Antonio. Richard Lambert takes the direct free kick.
  • 6:30 Wayne Thomas challenges Hassan Yebda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Hassan Yebda.
  • 5:56 Michail Antonio produces a cross, comfortable save by David James.
  • 4:12 Richard Lambert challenges Marc Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. David James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Utaka on Radhi Jaidi. Chris Perry takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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