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Last Updated: Monday, 6 December, 2004, 15:41 GMT
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Portsmouth v West Brom
Portsmouth players celebrate victory
BBC Sport has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyers residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them .

Here's a selection of reports from Fratton Park as Portsmouth clinch a 3-2 victory from West Brom.


Stephanie Bradshaw

The home side won by 3 goals to 2 but Pompey fans were kept on edge right up to the final five minutes of the game.

Stone played well, providing some nice crosses in to the goal area but these were intercepted by West Brom's goalie.

Fourteen minutes into the game Stefanovic scored an own goal then at 3.37 West Brom's Purse did exactly the same.

As half time approached, Rob Earnshaw scored another goal for the Baggies and so as the whistle blew, Pompey had some work to do.

The second half saw lots of action with both sides using up all of their substitutions.

Pompey clawed back a draw when De Zeeuw banged in a goal at 4.49 but the crowd went really wild when Lua Lua secured the home side win when he thumped in the last goal from inside the box.


James Clarke

Milan Mandaric is the man with the plan it seems this week as his team fought back and celebrated a well deserved win.

3-2 to the home Blues, this performance will keep the fans' dreams alive, as it looked throughout the game that Pompey lacked composure, which affected the pace of the game causing end-to-end action.

West Brom's Robert Earnshaw celebrates
Robert Earnshaw celebrates a goal
Thrilling stuff from the blow of the whistle. Unfortunately though for the Blues just after 14mins an effortless cross was swung in the box, only to deflect off Stefanovic, bedding it in the back of his own net.

1-0 and the fans at this cold, crowded stadium were not so pleased with some of the referee's decisions.

As always they kept the stadium alive, by chanting encouragement leading to an incredible equaliser.

It was helped on the way by West Brom's defence making it the second own goal of the match.

Nerves were sent crazy as minutes before half time the home team were once again trailing due to un-cooperative play between Ashdown and Taylor, where the away team took full advantage as the net was left open.

The pressure was now on for the second half!

Inspirational Pompey equalised thanks to captain De Zeeuw, and now three quarters of the game had gone, leaving things to heat up intensely.

Both teams worked well under pressure but the ice broke in the end as Lua-Lua stepped into space and blasted in the winner.

I think both teams could have managed another 90 mins as there was a war on pitch, Portsmouth were causing tempers to rise as West Brom were awarded two yellow cards for their unsporting play.

This match was held in a packed stadium and all were honoured with gripping goals!

At the entrance of Frogmore Road extra support ran high for the home fans as the Salvation Army blazed out the big beats.

The weather turned out to be chilly but nevertheless for the 90mins the atmosphere was totally electric! 3-2 final score, the Blues move up.


Jeff Needham

Pompey showed that they are every part the team they were under the supervision of Harry Redknapp by sending West Brom packing after an excellent late 3-2 victory at Fratton Park.

Pompey were 1-2 down at half-time after there were two own goals, one from either side. Pompey levelled the score at 2-2 leaving the wining goal until the last five minutes of the match.

Both teams in action
Both teams struggle for possession
The first 20 minutes were appalling from Portsmouth which was down to Neil Clement's driven low cross from the left into the six-yard area, only for Stefanovic to turn the ball into his own net after 14 minutes.

However the packed out Fratton Park soon got behind their team.

Pompey raised the tempo, pushed forward, switching play from right to left creating lots of space for Steve Stone to charge down the right flank causing all sorts of problems for West Brom's defence.

Portsmouth's attack finally broke West Brom's defence and the second own goal came from West Brom's Darren Purse after David Unsworth's whipped in cross.

West Brom's second goal was due to Matt Taylor's suicidal control in the area, which then allowed Riccardo Scimeca to pick out Robert Earnshaw all alone in the 6-yard area.

Lua Lua was brought in on 58 minutes to help Fuller, who had a quiet time up front.

However Fuller's best chance went to waste when he took on four players to get in to the area only to see his shot collected by keeper Russell Hoult. Hoult was then booked on 76 minutes for time wasting.

The second half was dominated by Pompey as West Brom tried to close Pompey down. On the 75th minute, Captain Arjan De Zeeuw rose well to power home a headed equaliser into the bottom left corner from a well-taken Eyal Berkovic free kick.

2-2 seemed a fair result leading up to the final whistle because West Brom were giving it everything they had.

Then with only five minutes of normal time remaining, Lua Lua latched on to a looping ball down the middle from Berkovic, beating the offside trap to calmly smash the ball into the top left corner of the net.

There was a good feel around Fratton Park with all the fans singing "there's only one Milan,"that speaks volume to me. The players produced a professional show, it doesn't even seem that Harry has left.



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