C Palace: Speroni ,Boyce ,Hudson ,Popovic ,Granville ,Routledge (Derry ,86 ) ,Riihilahti (Hughes ,86 ) ,Hall ,Kolkka (Ventola ,70 ) ,Johnson ,Torghelle
Subs not used Kiraly,Powell,
Bookings: Derry ,Hall .
Another game where the points were lost through a combination of crass defending and bad luck
Palace made a disasterous start, ex Palace man Fuller scored after 3 mins
The defence was all over the place for the first 20 mins. Pompey lost their captain and centre half De Zeuw to injury, this forced saggy Harry to reshuffle and allowed Palace back into the game.
Granville hit the angle of post and bar with a great free kick and then equalised with a good header from a Routledge corner. HT 1-1.
The second half started as the first , with Pompey scoring in the first 3 minutes
Berger chased his own header and let fly with a thunderbolt shot that Speroni could have saved but didn't
Again we fought back into the game, AJ had a goal ruled out for offside before we won a penalty when Torghelle was brought down by Primus. AJ decided to blast the kick but the goalie guessed right and parried the shot.
With 20 minutes left Dowie brought on Nicola Ventola for Kolkka and moved AJ to the left. This move managed to destroy any balance that we had and that was virtually game over. Just to add insult to injury , Tony Popovic managed to add to his o.g. at 'Boro with a freakish back healed effort from a Steve Stone cross
I watched on TV btw