• Date: Sat 20 March 2010
  • Venue: Fratton Park
  • Ref: Dowd, P
  • Attendance: 16,513


Smith (37)

O'Hara (88)

Kanu (89)

3 - 2
Hull City

Hull City

Folan (27)

Folan (73)

Portsmouth vs Hull City

Team Lineups


David James
Ricardo Rocha (Angelos Basinas, 85)
Hermann Hreidarsson
Nadir Belhadj
Aaron Mokoena (Nwankwo Kanu, 57)
Jamie O'Hara
Hayden Mullins
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Danny Webber, 82)
Marc Wilson
Frederic Piquionne
Tommy Smith

Hull City

Boaz Myhill
Andy Dawson (Richard Garcia, 70)
Paul McShane
Steven Mouyokolo
Craig Fagan
Bernard Mendy
Kevin Kilbane
Jimmy Bullard
Dean Marney
Caleb Folan
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Nicky Barmby, 66)

Match Report
Iain Dowie's debut as Hull City manager was ruined by two late goals as rock-bottom Portsmouth came from behind to snatch an unlikely 3-2 win against the Tigers. Dowie looked to be heading for a vital three points as Hull led 2-1 with only two minutes remaining. But Jamie O'Hara levelled in the 88th minute before a defensive mistake by Richard Garcia let in veteran former Arsenal striker Kanu to score the winner. Hull started brightly enough with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink hitting a post before Dowie was out of his touchline seat celebrating in the 27th minute. Caleb Folan's shot appeared to take more than one deflection on its way past David James in the Portsmouth goal. Pompey, docked nine points earlier in the week and seemingly doomed to relegation, stormed back to level ten minutes later. Hermann Hreidarsson headed a centre back across goal for former Watford striker Tommy Smith to score his first Pompey goal from close range. Hull always looked the side most likely to get a second goal and Folan, who had previously scored once in 19 appearances, slotted in his second of the afternoon after 73 minutes from Garcia's pass. Danny Webber went close for Portsmouth before O'Hara's superb free-kick appeared to have deprived Hull of a much-needed point. But then Garcia's blunder let in Nadir Belhadj to set up Kanu and Hull were left with nothing. Dowie had earlier made three changes in selecting his first Hull side but felt his team had suffered from losing inspirational captain Andy Dawson. Garcia replaced him. Portsmouth manager Avram Grant had threatened to send out a weakened team in protest at the Premier League's decision to dock the nine points. Grant did make five changes from the team beaten at Liverpool on Monday although one of those saw the return in goal of calf-muscle injury victim James in place of Jamie Ashdown.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Its all over at Fratton Park! What a comeback from Pompey, two goals in two minutes late on mean victory for the home side, but a crushing blow for Hull, and could this signal the end for the Tigers?


What an amazing couple of minutes for Pompey there, but with 5 minutes of stoppage time to go, is it over?


Nwankwo Kanu scores! Garcia loses posession too easily, Belhadj makes the run through, passes to Kanu, who slots home to cue an amazing turnaround at Fratton Park!


Jamie O'Hara scores! What a strike from O'Hara, the Pompey player scores direct from a free-kick to level the scores with only minutes to go!


Webber tries his luck from distance, its a great effort, but it goes just over the bar, a very nervous last 5 minutes for everyone at Fratton park still to come!


Angelos Basinas replaces Ricardo Rocha in Pompey's last change of the game.

Yellow Card

Boaz Myhill is booked for time wasting.


Danny Webber comes on to replace Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.


Hull are starting to sit back, and this could be a dangerous decision to invite Pompey to attack, especially as the home side have had the upper hand for most of the second half.


Caleb Folan scores! Sub Garcia makes an instant impact as he provides the pass to Folan, whos shot is slightly scuffed, but it finds its way into the Pompey net, and Hull regain the lead.


And Dowie makes that very change as Andy Dawson is replaced with Richard Garcia.


Dowie is not looking impressed with some of the defending from his side, he may also be forced into making another change as defender Dawson looks like he might be carrying a knock.


Nicky Barmby comes on to replace Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.


Still a lack of genuine goal mouth chances for both sides, and into the final half hour, this will need to change if we are going to get a winner.


Nadir Belhadj is targeted with a long ball pass by Pompey, could this be a change of tact for the home side?


Nwankwo Kanu comes on for Aaron Mokoena.


Hermann Hreidarsson puts in some good defending of his own by cutting out a through ball from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.


Frederic Piquionne shows some good skill and tries to get a shot on goal, but Hull show some good defending to keep him out.


Neither side made any changes at the break as Hull and Pompey look for the win in this second half.

Second half

The second half gets underway.

Half time

The sides go into the break with the scores level at one each, Hull will not be happy after giving away the lead, however Pompey will be pleased that they ended the half with the better play.


There will be 2 minutes of stopapge time, and Hull will be glad for the break as Pompey have been the better side since the goal.


Pompey are on the up here as it takes a great McShane block to halt the current Portsmouth attack.


Hull will not be happy about conceding that goal, manager Dowie must be wondering where the marking was from the corner.


Tommy Smith scores! Pompey put in the corner, Hermann Hreidarsson heads the ball across from the back post, and Smith puts the ball home to level the scores.

Yellow Card

James goes to collect the ball and slides on the greasy surface to do so, however his momentum takes him out the box, and is cautioned for handball.


The goal could be telling in the season of Hull City, and the Tigers wont mind whether its via a deflection or not, Hull will take the goals however they come!


Caleb Folan scores! Fagan tried his luck from range but his effort takes a telling deflection of Folan, who gives Hull the lead.


Quincy Owusu-Abeyie tries his luck from range, but his effort is deflected wide, Belhadj gets a shot on goal from the resulting corner, but it goes over the bar.


Both sides seem to be struggling to create anything of note in the final third, something that has been a big factor in both sides current League positions.


The last 2 League meetings between the sides ended goalless, and with a relatively quiet opening quarter of an hour, we could be in for a third successive draw.


After a bright opening, the game has gone into a bit of a lull, the heavy rain over the past couple of days may be taking an effect on the pitch.


Marc Wilson hits a great curling free-kick which goes just wide of the post, a good opening from both sides at Fratton Park.


Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink has a header on goal from close range and it hits the woodwork! A great early chance for Hull there.


Hull are without some key players today with Altidore and Zayatte out injured and Boateng suspended, and the last 9 games of the season will certainly provide an up hill task for new manager Iain Dowie.


After being deducted 9 points this week, it seems like its all over for Pompey in the league, however Hull are currently 3 points from saftey and will be looking for maximum points today.

Awaiting Kickoff

McShane, Folan and Kilbane all start as new manager Iain Dowie makes 3 changes from the side that lost to Arsenal as Hull begin with; Myhill, Mendy, McShane, Mouyokolo, Dawson, Folan, Marney, Bullard, Kilbane, Fagan, Vennegoor of Hesselink

Awaiting Kickoff

David James and Mokoena return to the starting line-up along with 3 other changes from the side that lost to Liverpool as Portsmouth start with; James, Mullins, Rocha, Hreidarsson, Belhadj, Smith, Mokoena, Wilson, O'Hara, Owusu-Abeyie, Piquionne