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Despite the scoreline a very, very comfortable win today against our reserve team.

We showed no effects of the Friday morning's UEFA Cup first round triumph and dealt with Stoke's two main threats (Delap's Challinor/Legg act and Ricardo Fuller's ridiculous diving antics) without breaking sweat.

The only downside was the inevitable comedy goal that got the Potters level but we deservedly retook the lead and should've won by far more in the end.

Armand MOTM although Hughes did very well by his MOR standards. Feel really sorry for Glen J tho not having a decent right winger ahead of him, especially with the partnership on the other side being so electrifying.

Nice weekend with the Academy and the Ladies also victorious and Matty Ritchie getting a goal and an assist on his full debut for the Daggers. Oh and of course some fizzy pop team losing by my favourite scoreline to Cov.

International break now, just as it was getting good. Boo
 

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FT: Portsmouth 2 - 1 Stoke City

5 October 2008

POMPEY 2 STOKE 1



Goals from Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe gave Pompey victory in a match they totally dominated at Fratton Park.

Harry Redknapp made two changes from the side that progressed in the UEFA Cup, with Nadir Belhadj and Papa Bouba Diop replacing Noe Pamarot and the suspended Lassana Diarra.

There were plenty of familiar faces in the opposition line-up with former Blues players Andy Griffin, Amdy Faye and Ricardo Fuller all starting for a Stoke side managed by Tony Pulis.

Pompey started brightly and after a spell of possession Diop fired a shot inches past the post on four minutes.

But they almost fell behind on 13 minutes when Seyi Olofinjana’s ball caught the Blues defence cold leaving Dave Kitson one-on-one with David James. However, the summer signing from Reading screwed his effort wide.

Rory Delap’s long throws were causing havoc in the Pompey penalty area with James constantly having to come off his line to punch the ball clear.

But it was the Blues who broke the deadlock on 25 minutes – and in spectacular fashion. Defoe did well to hold the ball up in the area, before chipping the ball up for CROUCH to hit an audacious over-head volley into the bottom corner of the net.

Defoe then forced a smart stop from Steve Simonsen with a powerfully-struck shot after making space for himself in the area.

Stoke thought they should have won a penalty when Fuller went tumbling in the box after a race for the ball with James, but referee Andre Marriner was not impressed and waved play on.

Then James dived low to his right to keep out Kitson’s low strike after the striker had turned neatly in the box on 39 minutes.

Pompey could have doubled their advantage just before the interval when Armand Traore surged forward down the left before sending the ball into the box, but Defoe was crowded out as he attempted to turn and fire in a shot.

Then Defoe turned Richard Hughes’ through ball across the face of goal but Simonsen did well to keep out Crouch’s close-range effort.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Stoke 0

Hughes almost scored within a minute of the restart but his 20-yard strike was plucked out of the air by Simonsen.

But instead of Pompey going two goals ahead, Stoke managed to haul themselves level on 48 minutes. Delap’s long throw was flicked across goal by Kitson and Fuller bundled the ball over the line from close range.

Defoe almost restored the Blues’ lead immediately but his curling 20-yard effort cannoned back off the post.

The Fratton faithful did not have to wait too long to celebrate a DEFOE goal, however. The striker finished with aplomb on 51 minutes, drilling the ball into the bottom corner after being left in acres of space by the Stoke defence.

They were almost cheering another goal moments later, but Simonsen parried clear Crouch’s shot after some fine work down the left by Traore.

The on-loan French winger then almost added another goal himself but his low drive was pushed past the post by Simonsen on 62 minutes.

Pompey were completely dominating the game but were being frustrated in their attempts to put the result beyond doubt.

Defoe was the next player to be denied by Simonsen, his angled effort fumbled away at the near post by the Potters’ keeper on 73 minutes.

But in the end two goals were enough to give the Blues back-to-back Premier League victories and cap off an excellent week for Redknapp’s side.

Pompey: James; Johnson, Campbell (c), Distin, Belhadj; Diop, Davis, Hughes, A Traore (Hreidarsson 90); Defoe, Crouch

Goals: Crouch 25, Defoe 51

Subs not used: Ashdown, Pamarot, Kaboul, Little, Mvuemba, Kanu

Stoke: Simonsen; Griffin (c), Cort, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham; Delap (Cresswell 74), Olofinjana, Amdy Faye, Tonge (Soares 65); Fuller, Kitson (Sidibe 61)

Goals: Fuller 48

Booked: Olofinjana, Simonsen

Subs not used: Sonko, Wilkinson, Whelan, Shawcross

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 19,248
 
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