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|Salif Diao (Liam Lawrence, 57)|
|James Beattie (Mamady Sidibe, 57)|
|Ricardo Fuller (Sanli Tuncay, 84)|
|Tal Ben Haim|
|Hayden Mullins (Danny Webber, 80)|
|Aruna Dindane (Frederic Piquionne, 73)|
FULL TIME STOKE 1-0 PORTSMOUTH: Ricardo Fuller scores the only goal to give Stoke the win as Kevin-Prince Boateng's first half penalty miss proved costly. Stoke move up to ninth as Pompey stay bottom.
Matthew Etherington looks to win a corner but he just knocks the ball out for a goal kick.
Stoke win a free kick to the left of the Pompey area and will no doubt look to play keep ball now.
There will be three minutes of injury time to play here as Pompey look to snatch a point.
Younes Kaboul thumps a low effort from the free kick but it is straight at Thomas Sorensen who hollds on to it.
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick around 30 yards from the Stoke goal. A chance for Pompey here.
An amazing run from Andy Wilkinson from inside his own half as he charges past several players before hitting an angled drive just over the bar.
Fair play to Stoke they are still pressing here rather than sitting back on the slender one-goal lead.
At last Sanli Tuncay gets his chance to shine late on as he comes on for goalscorer Ricardo Fuller.
Kevin-Prince Boateng lays the ball into the path of Jamie O'Hara but the midfielder sliced his effort and Stoke clear.
A chance for Stoke to put a high free-kick into the Pompey area as Marc Wilson fouled Ricardo Fuller. However Jamie Ashdown comes out to make the catch in his area.
Hayden Mullins is going off now for Pompey with Danny Webber the man to replace him.
Portsmouth need to come out a bit more now in search of a goal and that could leave them open at the back.
Pompey are looking to get a quick equaliser but Stoke break and Mamady Sidibe spurns a great chance as he fires woefully across the face of goal.
Sanli Tuncay was about to come on just before that goal and he has sat back down now. The Turkish star is not having the best of times at Stoke.
STOKE 1-0 PORTSMOUTH: A great worked goal by Stoke as Matthew Etherington plays the ball into the pathy of RICARDO FULLER who turns and fires into the bottom corner past Jamie Ashdown.
Pompey make a change here with Aruna Dindane going off and Frederic Piquionne comes on.
Portsmouth break at goal but Kevin-Prince Boateng's effort from 25 yards is well wide of the far post.
Liam Lawrence tries to thread a left-foot ball into the Pompey area but it runs through to Jamie Ashdown.
The referee wants a word with Tal Ben Haim and Matthew Etherington following a spat in the middle of the park.
A corner down the right for Stoke which is whipped in by Liam Lawrence but headed clear. Pompey get lucky as an attempted clearance hits a defender and rebounds into the arms of Jamie Ashdown.
A good bit of pressure from Stoke but Pompey hold firm as Tal Ben Haim and Ricardo Fuller have a little tangle just outside the Pompey penalty area.
Jamie O'Hara digs an effort out from distance which is on target but it fails to really trouble Thomas Sorensen.
Michael Brown chips the ball into the Stoke area and Aruna Dindane does well to spin and volley an effort just high and wide of the goal.
Kanu is fine to carry on and a drop-ball in the centre gets the action back up and running.
Kanu does well in defence as he heads away another torpedoe throw-in from Rory Delap from the left of the area. The big Nigerian took a knock to the head and requires some treatment.
Liam Lawrence puts a high ball forward for Mamady Sidibe but the fellow sub can only head the ball out of play as he struggles to cope with the wind.
Hayden Mullins is booked after he slides in on Dean Whitehead and leaves the Stoke man injured on the floor.
A second immediate change for Stoke here with Liam Lawrence on for the ineffective Salif Diao.
James Beattie, who started the game carrying a knock, goes off with Mamady Sidibe coming on.
Another throw-in for Rory Delap from the right finds Ricardo Fuller at the back post but his effort is not clean and Jamie Ashdown picks up the ball.
Stoke counter attack and Younes Kaboul deflects Ricardo Fuller's shot over his own bar. From Matthew Etherington's corner Robert Huth heads wide of the goal under pressure from Hermann Hreidarsson.
Jamie O'Hara takes the subsequent corner but it is too close to Thomas Sorensen who gathers under pressure.
Jamie O'Hara hits a stunning effort from about 40 yards which the diving Thomas Sorensen is forced to push round his post.
Another ridiculously long Rory Delap wind-assisted throw in drifts over everyone and behind for a goal kick much to Tony Pulis annoyance.
Stoke eventually clear Jamie O'Hara's corner at the third attempt with Andy Wilkinson powering a header out for a throw in.
Robert Huth barges over Kanu outside the Stoke area. Jamie O'Hara taps it to Younes Kaboul but his effort hits the wall. Stoke can't clear and Kanu wins a corner.
Rory Delap puts a throw-in into the box from the right flank and Ryan Shawcross can only head over the top inside the area.
The second half is underway and Tony Pulis will look for a much improved display in this half, while Portsmouth will aim to keep it tight and possibly nick a winner.
HALF TIME STOKE 0-0 PORTSMOUTH: A disappointing first half ends at a wind-swept Britannia Stadium in which Kevin-Prince Boateng's saved penalty was the only real chance of any note.
Dean Whitehead is booked for Stoke after lunging in on Aruna Dindane.
Ricardo Fuller does well to win a corner down the right for Stoke. Matthew Etherington plays it in but again Pompey head away the danger.
Hermann Hreidarsson's long throw into the Stoke area is cleared to Hayden Mullins on the edge of the area but his volley drops wide of the goal.
The best fans in the league are showing their dissatisfaction with the poor play as Salif Diao's long ball forward drops out of play well ahead of James Beattie.
A chance at the other end now but Younes Kaboul fires wide from just inside the Stoke area.
Matthew Etherington gets in a great position down the left side of the Pompey area but his pull-back is cleared by the visitors.
James Beattie takes the free kick from 30 yards out and it runs through into the grateful arms of Jamie Ashdown.
A first yellow card of the game as Michael Brown cynically brings down Ricardo Fuller as he was getting away towards goal.
Rory Delap throws the ball from almost the half way line and it goes all the way through to the arms of Jamie Ashdown.
Another Rory Delap throw into the centre is headed to the edge of the area only for Matthew Etherington to rifle his shot over the bar.
Andy Wilkinson does well to get his foot in and dispossess as Kevin-Prince Boateng as he tried to get down the left side of the Stoke area.
A bit of hestitation as Ryan Shawcross concedes a corner when Thomas Sorensen was slow to come out. Jamie O'Hara's corner is cleared away by Stoke.
Rory Delap hurls one of his trademark throw ins into the middle but Pompey clear through Kanu, before eventually winning a goal kick when Kanu shields the ball back into the area out of play away from Ryan Shawcross.
The final balls are not coming off for both sides at the moment as the wind is causing havoc. It's been a disappointing clash so far.
Ricardo Fuller gets a talking to after bringing down Younes Kaboul but no yellow card on this occasion.
Robert Huth does well to keep Aruna Dindane at bay in his own area before the Pompey man fouls the German defender.
Ricardo Fuller tries to get on the end of a ball over the top but it runs through to Jamie Ashdown.
Stoke win a corner down the right. Matthew Etherington plays it in but it clears everyone in the wind and goes out for a goal kick.
Jamie O'Hara takes the kick with his left foot but it is high over the Stoke goal.
Salif Diao fouls Kanu to give Pompey another free kick about 30 yards from goal and central to it.
Robert Huth concedes a corner to Pompey. The ball is played in but it is just too high for Marc Wilson to get on the end of.
Tal Ben Haim has an effort from 30 yards at the Stoke goal but his drive runs straight through into the hands of Thomas Sorensen.
Ricardo Fuller tries a snap-shot from the edge of the area but his left-foot shot is high over the bar.
Neither keeper has had a save to make from open play yet in what has been a scrappy opening in the adverse weather.
That penalty save has visibly lifted the Stoke players and the home fans now as they have started to get their attacking game together but Pompey's defence is holding firm.
A very poor penalty from Kevin-Prince Boateng who side-foots the ball at goal but Thomas Sorensen gets down to comfortably gather.
Portsmouth get the chance to go ahead here as Aruna Dindane is kicked to the ground by Rory Delap in the area.
A chance for Pompey to get a free kick into the Stoke area here but Jamie O'Hara's kick is poor and Thomas Sorensen easily gathers.
At the moment both sides have had to contend with high balls being kicked from one end to the other in the wind.
It's been a fairly lively opening few minutes in wet and windy conditions in the Potteries, but no chances to speak of yet.
The action is underway at the Britannia Stadium with both sides coming into the match on the back of defeats before the international break. A win for Stoke can move them up to ninth, while Pompey can jump off the foot of the table with three points.
Portsmouth starting XI: Ashdown, Ben-Haim, Kaboul, Wilson, Hreidarsson, Brown, Mullins, O'Hara, Boateng, Kanu, Dindane.
There is also a late change as Jamie Ashdown comes in for David James after the veteran goalkeeper suffered an injury in the warm-up.
Portsmouth boss Paul Hart brings in defender Hermann Hreidarsson, midfielder Hayden Mullins and striker Kanu as Anthony Vanden Borre, Aaron Mokoena and Frederic Piquionne make way following the 3-1 defeat by Blackburn.
Stoke starting XI: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Collins, Delap, Diao, Whitehead, Etherington, Beattie, Fuller.
Salif Diao also replaces Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan, who drops to the bench after his midweek exertions against France.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis makes two changes from the side that were beaten by Hull a fortnight ago. Robert Huth moves across to central defence to cover for the suspended Abdoulaye Faye while Andy Wilkinson comes in at right-back.
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