—END OF LOAD TAG—>
|Michael Dawson (Younes Kaboul, 62)|
|Niko Kranjcar (Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 66)|
|Eidur Gudjohnsen (Roman Pavlyuchenko, 79)|
|David James (Jamie Ashdown, 89)|
|Hermann Hreidarsson (Danny Webber, 51)|
|Anthony Vanden Borre|
|Angelos Basinas (Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, 84)|
And that's it, Spurs tighten their grip on 4th while Pompey's woes continue.
Crouch has a great chance to make it three in the final minute of stoppage time when played in by Bale but he drags the ball wide of the far post.
EIGHT minutes of stoppage time, yes eight.
MORE injury woes for Pompey, Danny Webber and David James are injured but with only one sub left Jamie Ashdown comes on but Pompey have to play the rest of the game with ten men.
Angelos Basinas is replaced by on-loan striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.
Good save! Bentley's corner is met by Sebastien Bassong, who's downward header is well saved by James.
Eidur Gudjohnsen makes way for the in-form Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Oh dear, Younes Kaboul's lets the ball slip under his foot and Kanu is clear on goal, but he top pokes the ball well wide, much to the amusement of the home crowd.
The biggest cheer of the half is for the scoreboard showing scores from around the grounds, that's how quiet it has been.
Credit to Portsmouth they are showing plenty of spirit and keep plugging away, but just lack quality in the final third and haven't troubled Gomes as yet this half..
Benoit Assou-Ekotto comes on for Niko Kranjcar
Spurs seem content to sit on their lead, always a dangerous thing of course, but consequently the game has slowed right down.
More injury worries this time for Spurs as Michael Dawson hobbles off to be replaced by another former Pompey man Younes Kaboul.
Pompey fins themselves on the edge of the box after some neat play involving Webber, Kanu and Brown, the Nigerian has a shot that Gomes claims at the second attempt with Webber lurking.
Another good move involving Modric and Kranjcar finds Bentley whose cross just evades Eidur Gudjohnsen at the far post.
Pompey change their mind and bring on Danny Webber instead for the stricken Hreidarsson, who departs on a stretcher.
More injury worries for Pompey, Hermann Hreidarsson goes down unchallenged in the box with what looks like a twisted ankle. It doesn't look good and he remains on the turf in obvious pain.
We are undereway again at White Hart Lane.
And that's the whistle, a comfortable lead for Spurs. It will be very difficult for Pompey to get back into things now.
Pompey nearly respond instantly when Michael Brown finds himself free in the area but Gomes does well to save.
Walker does well down the right and finds Modric in the area, he mis-hits his shot but KRANJCAR pokes the ball home beyond James.
From the resulting corner Crouch tries and overhead kick that goes straight at James, Spurs right on top now.
Madness at the lane! First Tom Huddlestone's 25 yard drive thunps off the crossbar, Peter Crouch volleys in the rebound but it thumps off the stanchion and of a Pompey player for a corner.
Spurs are so close to making it two! Bentely puts in another declicious ball that Dawson meets, but his header flashes just over.
Gareth Bale's wonderful cross from the left is met by CROUCH who stoops and heads the ball low past David James.
Good ball in from Kyle Walker from the right, Hermann Hreidarsson sticks out a leg and fortunately for him the ball goes straight to James, either side of the keeper and that would have been an own-goal
Bentley looks for Bale in the edge of the area from a corner, the Welshman fires in a first-time volley that crashes through a crowd of players and goes for a corner
Great chance for Portsmouth! Anthony Vanden Borre finds himself clean through on goal but Heurelho Gomes does well to rush out and block his shot.
David Bentley puts in a decent cross from the right and Crouch rises highest, but the ball drifts wide.
Pompey are holding their own here and Steve Finnan briefly gets in behind the Spurs defence, but Sebastien Bassong does well to clear his cross.
Hughes is back on incidently, it is also worth noting that Pompey have only named six subs, such is their injury worries.
Quiet start at the Lane, though the Spurs fans reserve some loud boos for former Gunner Kanu when he touches the ball.
More injury woes for Pompey as Richard Hughes lands awkwardly after a challenge on David Bentley. He hobbles off for treatment and looks like he will be ok.
Gareth Bale does well done the left, but his cross is claimed by David James, the Welshman could be a threat today.
Referee Kevin Friend gets us underway at White Hart Lane
Pompey make four changes with Anthony Vanden Borre,Kanu, Michael Brown and Angelos Basinas coming in for Tommy Smith, Ricardo Rocha Jamie O'Hara and Marc Wilson.
Spurs make three changes from their victory over Fulham in midweek. Kyle Walker comes in for debut in place of injured Vedran Corluka. Bentley and Huddlestone start in place of Assou-Ekotto and Palacios.
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