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  • Date:07 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ricoh Arena
  • Attendance:18,814
Goal!

Live Commentary

94mins

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Michael Brown misses to the left of the target.

93mins

Hayden Mullins takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Cameron.

93mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Brown.

91mins

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown. Martin Cranie challenges Nadir Ciftci unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marc Wilson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

90mins

Handball decision goes against Richard Keogh. Ibrahima Sonko restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

The ball is delivered by Peter Gregory.

86mins

Michael Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Smith. Matt Ritchie crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Keiren Westwood.

86mins

Richard Keogh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins. Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.

85mins

Clive Platt takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahima Sonko.

85mins

Freddy Eastwood takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Wilson.

83mins

(Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Peter Gregory coming on for John Utaka.

82mins

The ball is crossed by Nadir Ciftci.

79mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hayden Mullins on Freddy Eastwood. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.

79mins

Matt Ritchie sends in a cross.

76mins

Carl Baker comes on in place of David Bell.

75mins

The ball is sent over by Gary McSheffrey, Nadir Ciftci gets a block in.

75mins

Richard Keogh produces a cross.

75mins

Martin Cranie crosses the ball, clearance made by Matt Ritchie.

73mins

Effort from deep inside the area by David Bell misses to the left of the target. Richard Hughes goes off and Nadir Ciftci comes on. Lukas Jutkiewicz goes off and Clive Platt comes on.

72mins

The ball is sent over by Tommy Smith.

71mins

The ball is crossed by Matt Ritchie.

70mins

David Bell delivers the ball, Freddy Eastwood scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Coventry 2-0 Portsmouth.The assist for the goal came from David Bell.

69mins

Hayden Mullins is adjudged to have handled the ball. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.

68mins

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Lukas Jutkiewicz misses to the left of the target.

67mins

A cross is delivered by Matt Ritchie, Richard Keogh gets a block in.

66mins

Gary McSheffrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Hayden Mullins. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.

65mins

Lukas Jutkiewicz delivers the ball.

64mins

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Wilson. Corner taken by David Bell from the left by-line played to the near post.

61mins

Unfair challenge on David Nugent by Ben Turner results in a free kick. Ben Turner goes into the referee's book. Free kick crossed by Matt Ritchie, comfortable save by Keiren Westwood.

60mins

The ball is delivered by Tommy Smith, clearance by Nathan Cameron. Corner from the left by-line taken by Matt Ritchie, clearance by Ben Turner.

60mins

The ball is sent over by Hayden Mullins, Nathan Cameron manages to make a clearance. Hayden Mullins produces a cross, Matt Ritchie manages to make a clearance.

58mins

Ibrahima Sonko challenges Lukas Jutkiewicz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball in from the free kick, comfortable save by Jamie Ashdown.

57mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Utaka by Ben Turner. Aaron Mokoena takes the direct free kick.

56mins

Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.

56mins

Gary McSheffrey decides to take a short corner.

55mins

David Bell produces a cross.

53mins

Centre by Michael Doyle.

53mins

David Bell sends in a cross.

52mins

Richard Keogh concedes a free kick for a foul on John Utaka. Ibrahima Sonko takes the free kick.

51mins

John Utaka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

49mins

David Bell fouled by Tommy Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Gary McSheffrey has an effort direct from the free kick.

48mins

A cross is delivered by Aaron Mokoena, Lee Carsley makes a clearance.

48mins

Ben Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Hayden Mullins. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.

47mins

Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line.

46mins

David Bell produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

46mins

Tommy Smith is ruled offside. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.

46mins

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Hayden Mullins gets a block in.

46mins

Marc Wilson takes a shot. Tommy Smith gets a block in.

41mins

Gary McSheffrey delivers the ball.

36mins

The ball is crossed by David Bell, Foul by Gary McSheffrey on Hayden Mullins, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.

34mins

Marc Wilson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

32mins

Richard Keogh challenges John Utaka unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books John Utaka for dissent. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.

31mins

Hayden Mullins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz. Direct free kick taken by Martin Cranie.

30mins

Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Cameron.

30mins

The ball is sent over by Michael Brown, Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

29mins

The ball is crossed by David Bell, blocked by Matt Ritchie.

28mins

Freddy Eastwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Mokoena. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.

27mins

A cross is delivered by Richard Keogh, Ibrahima Sonko makes a clearance.

26mins

Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line played to the near post, Jamie Ashdown makes a brilliant save.

26mins

The ball is crossed by Richard Keogh, blocked by Matt Ritchie.

25mins

Freddy Eastwood takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahima Sonko.

22mins

John Utaka challenges Richard Keogh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Keogh takes the direct free kick.

21mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Lukas Jutkiewicz. Matt Ritchie restarts play with the free kick.

19mins

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz on Marc Wilson, free kick awarded. Matt Ritchie crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

18mins

The ball is delivered by Richard Keogh.

16mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Tommy Smith. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

16mins

Tommy Smith decides to take the corner short.

15mins

Unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by Freddy Eastwood results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.

14mins

Tommy Smith produces a cross.

13mins

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahima Sonko.

13mins

Shot by Tommy Smith. Blocked by Ben Turner.

12mins

A cross is delivered by Tommy Smith, blocked by Michael Doyle. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matt Ritchie, Lee Carsley manages to make a clearance.

11mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matt Ritchie, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

10mins

Richard Keogh produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

9mins

The ball is delivered by Michael Doyle.

6mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Doyle on Michael Brown. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.

4mins

Freddy Eastwood fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Coventry 1-0 Portsmouth.Assist by Michael Doyle.

3mins

David Bell takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Wilson. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary McSheffrey.

1mins

Marc Wilson produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

The match gets underway.

The first half comes to an end.

The referee starts the second half.

The final whistle is blown by the referee.

Match Preview


Gunnarsson worry for Sky Blues

Coventry are sweating on the fitness of Aron Gunnarsson for their opening game of the 2010/11 season at home to Portsmouth.

The Iceland midfielder is struggling with a back complaint and will be assessed on Friday, with manager Aidy Boothroyd admitting he is "touch and go" for the Ricoh Arena encounter.

Summer signing Stephen O'Halloran (back) will definitely miss out, however, along with long-term absentee Gary Deegan (ankle).

Full-back Chris Hussey (foot) and striker Roy O`Donovan (ankle) have recovered from their respective knocks and are in contention.

As well as O`Donovan, fellow new faces Lee Carsley, Gary McSheffrey, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Richard Keogh and Clive Platt will all be hoping to make Boothroyd`s first competitive XI since taking over from Chris Coleman.

Trialist Francis Laurent could also find himself in the matchday 18 should he sign in time for Saturday. Boothroyd said: "It`s ongoing, we`re still trying to sort something out. We`d like to sign him. He`s done well enough to be given an opportunity to progress."

Portsmouth will check on Hayden Mullins and Stephen Jordan ahead of the trip.

Midfielder Mullins has been struggling with a knee problem over the past few weeks and full-back Jordan has a calf problem.

Jordan and goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown are still awaiting clearance from the Football League after agreeing to join Pompey earlier this week.

Boss Steve Cotterill's threadbare squad is still without defender Hermann Hreidarsson due to an Achilles injury and forward Danny Webber with a knee problem.

Youngsters Tom Kilbey (knee) and Billy Goddard (shin) are also missing.

There is also a doubt over the participation of veteran striker Kanu, who has yet to reach an agreement with the crisis-hit club over his contract.


Formation:442Manager: Adrian Boothroyd

Coventry

Formation: 433Manager: Steve Cotterill

Portsmouth

  • Keiren Westwood
  • Richard Keogh
  • Nathan Cameron
  • Ben Turner
  • Martin Cranie
  • David Bell
  • Lee Carsley
  • Michael Doyle
  • Gary McSheffrey
  • Freddy Eastwood
  • Lukas Jutkiewicz
  • SUBS
  • Michael Quirke
  • Sammy Clingan
  • James McPake
  • Carl Baker
  • Clive Platt
  • Richard Wood
  • Roy O'Donovan

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Match Report

Pompey plight continues Portsmouth's struggles continued on the pitch as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against an impressive Coventry on the opening weekend of the new npower Championship season. Cash-strapped Pompey, relegated from the Barclays Premier League back in May after seven seasons in the top flight, saw their immediate future saved on Thursday after a challenge to their Company Voluntary Agreement by HM Revenue & Customs was dismissed by the High Court. The ruling left the south-coast club free to fight another day as their administrators look to manage their existing debt and find new owners. But this was not a day they enjoyed at the Ricoh Arena as a brace from Freddy Eastwood - the first of which came after just four minutes - ensured they started the 2010/11 campaign with defeat. City looked solid and steadfast under new boss Aidy Boothroyd and, combined with a genuine attacking threat, fully deserved all three points against a Portsmouth side who looked short of quality despite seeing plenty of the ball. It was a display that would certainly have pleased home fans who have waited longer than any other team in the Football League to celebrate promotion - 43 years. The task faced by new Pompey boss Steve Cotterill was evident from the outset with his inability to send out a complete matchday 18, naming just four substitutes instead of the allocated seven. Boothroyd handed debuts to impressive summer signings Lee Carsley, Gary McSheffrey, Richard Keogh and Lukas Jutkiewicz while youngster Nathan Cameron was handed a surprise league debut at centre-back. But it was Eastwood - signed from Wolves in 2008 - who handed Coventry a dream start and ensured Portsmouth's woes would not just be consigned to off-the-field matters. McSheffrey saw his deep corner headed back across by fellow new boy Carsley and Eastwood was on hand to fire through the legs of keeper Jamie Ashdown, who could well have done better with the tame effort. Both sides enjoyed half chances as the opening 45 minutes wore on but it was the visitors who enjoyed the bulk of possession, albeit without really threatening Keiren Westwood. The hosts started the second half on the front foot and, after a quick break within seconds of the restart, McSheffrey saw his goalbound effort diverted wide by a well-timed interception from Hayden Mullins. The former Birmingham winger was proving a lively threat for Coventry and twice came close to claiming an assist just before the hour mark but no-one in a Sky Blue shirt could get onto the end of his crosses. City, with Carsley using all his experience to marshal the midfield, were showing plenty of confidence and sealed all three points in the 70th minute courtesy of Eastwood's second. David Bell sent over a cross from the right flank and the former Wales international was on hand to head into the top corner. Portsmouth finished strongly and Marc Wilson saw his free-kick hit a post in injury time, but it was not to be their day.

possession


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