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  • Kanu (90)
  • Jerome (16), Jerome (42)
  • Date:2010-03-09
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Fratton Park
  • Attendance:18465
  • Referee:Jones, M

Live Commentary

90mins

The final whistle goes. Pompey finished well but did not do enough to earn a share of the points.

90mins

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has a shot blocked as the action becomes frantic at Fratton Park.

90mins

Kanu bundles home from the corner - City will have a nervous couple of minutes to survive.

90mins

Dindane unleashes a firm goal-bound effort that Joe Hart does well to get to - the best save of the game.

90mins

Four minutes of stoppage time will be added.

89mins

James McFadden does well to find Sebastian Larsson, but the shot is straight at David James.

87mins

The game is fizzling out as Birmingham continue to keep hold of the ball well.

85mins

Pompey seem to have run out of steam and it is Birmingham who are finishing stronger.

83mins

Teemu Tainio releases James McFadden, who forces David James into a neat one-handed save.

81mins

Christian Benitez makes way for James McFadden.

79mins

Nadir Belhadj hacks down Sebastian Larsson and can have no complaints about going in the book.

77mins

Sebastian Larsson comes on for Michel.

75mins

Frederic Piquionne has a snap-shot from distance that drifts well wide.

72mins

Portsmouth are struggling to raise the tempo as they seek to break down a well-organised Blues defence.

70mins

Dindane tries to get the ball off Ferguson to take a quick throw and a tussle ensues, but no cards are shown.

67mins

Jerome wins a corner off Tal Ben Haim and Scott Dann fires over from 12 yards out.

65mins

Avram Grant makes his final change, Nwankwo Kanu replacing Michael Brown.

62mins

City have weathered the Pompey storm at the start of the second half, with Michel and Barry Ferguson again to the fore in midfield.

59mins

Nadir Belhadj flashes an inviting cross across Joe Hart's goal, but no one is on hand to convert.

56mins

Portsmouth's defence goes missing and Jerome is left free in front of goal, but Keith Fahey's cross evades him.

54mins

Pompey have started the second half well, with no choice but to go on the attack.

52mins

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie finds himself in space in the Blues' box and his fierce shot is deflected behind by Gardner.

51mins

Teemu Tainio comes on for the injured Stuart Parnaby.

50mins

Steve Finnan crosses for Aruna Dindane, who heads over from 10 yards.

48mins

Stuart Parnaby is injured in a challenge and looks unlikely to continue.

46mins

A half-time double change by Avram Grant reflects the dramatic change in fortune that Pompey need in the second half.

45mins

The second half gets underway.

45mins

Marc Wilson is replaced at the break by Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.

45mins

Danny Webber is replaced at the break by Angelos Basinas.

45mins

The half-time whistle goes. City gradually took control and should perhaps be further ahead.

42mins

Cameron Jerome doubles City's lead, again converting a Christian Benitez pass.

41mins

Roger Johnson heads behind, but O'Hara's corner is cleared.

39mins

Cameron Jerome releases Christian Benitez, who should make it 2-0, but he takes too long to round David James and the defence gets back to clear. A bad miss.

37mins

Birmingham are protecting their lead relatively easily, as Pompey struggle to get Dindane and Piquionne into the game.

35mins

Nadir Belhadj whips in a dangerous cross that Aruna Dindane looks set to nod in, but Barry Ferguson intervenes to head clear.

33mins

Pompey win a corner down the Blues' right, but the ball is headed clear by Craig Gardner.

31mins

Michel is booked for a poorly-timed challenge on Belhadj.

29mins

Jamie O'Hara tests Joe Hart from a Nadir Belhadj cross, but the shot lacks power.

28mins

Craig Gardner drags a shot wide from distance.

27mins

Michel, making his first league start for City, delivers a poor free-kick from a decent position.

25mins

The more fluent passing is coming from the away team, who are testing Pompey with their movement.

23mins

The corner is cleared and Pompey try and break quickly, but they do not have sufficient numbers to sustain the attack.

22mins

Craig Gardner unleashes a fierce shot from 20 yards, but it is deflected behind for a corner.

20mins

Christian Benitez is booked for diving in the Pompey box.

16mins

The Blues have been boosted by that early goal and are now in charge of possession.

14mins

Cameron Jerome gives City the lead, finishing well after good work by Christian Benitez.

12mins

City are finding their feet in midfield with some improved passing.

10mins

Cameron Jerome nearly latches onto a Barry Ferguson pass, but the ball runs away from him with the Pompey defence closing-in.

8mins

The away team have not properly settled yet as Pompey's midfield continues to dictate terms.

6mins

Jamie O'Hara has the first shot of the game, forcing Joe Hart into a regulation low save from the edge of the area.

4mins

Aruna Dindane is causing the visitors' defence plenty of problems with his direct running.

2mins

Pompey have started well, enjoying the early possession.

0mins

Referee Mike Jones gets play underway at Fratton Park.

0mins

City have gone off the boil slightly recently but will fancy their chances against a Portsmouth that has lost 13 of its 14 matches against top half opposition this season.

0mins

Alex McLeish makes four changes, bringing in Michel, Stuart Parnaby, Craig Gardner and Christian Benitez.

0mins

Portsmouth and Birmingham meet in the league three days after their FA Cup quarter final showdown. Pompey make one change from the team that won that clash, Aruna Dindane replacing John Utaka.

Match Preview

Portsmouth entertain Birmingham City at Fratton Park on Tuesday evening in a re-run of Saturday's FA Cup sixth round clash and the hosts will be hoping for another favourable outcome this time around.

Avram Grant's men waltzed to a 2-0 triumph and progress in the cup will be welcome news to the club's directors.

With their financial difficulties well publicised, a Wembley semi-final appearance against either Tottenham Hotspur or Fulham will supply much-needed revenue.

However, it is back to the bread and butter of the Premier League this week, but Pompey will be buoyed by their fine win over Alex McLeish's outfit, which brought about back-to-back wins after their Premier League away-day win at Burnley on February 27.

A second-half brace from Frederic Piquionne caused the damage against Alex McLeish's Midlands outfit and the frontman will be looking to aid his side's improbable challenge to avoid the drop this season.

If the South Coast outfit can grab another win, they would move to within two points of safety, but with administration worries looming, their fight could yet take a critical turn for the worst.

McLeish's men will be hurting after their disappointing reversal at the weekend and he will want to get back to winning ways.

He has guided his side to a top-half placing, thanks in the main to a fine 12-game unbeaten run through the winter.

They sit 16 points ahead of the relegation places and it is their stingy defensive record that has consolidated their place amongst the elite so far this campaign.

In their 27 league games this campaign they have conceded just 28 times, although 20 of these have been on the road.

Pompey have scored just 23 goals all term and they must improve on this record if they are to climb away from the relegation places.

Grant could welcome back Tommy Smith (groin), Aaron Mokoena (knee) and Anthony Vanden Borre (hamstring), but Kevin-Prince Boateng (ankle) is definitely ruled out.


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Match Report

Cameron Jerome's double clinched a 2-1 victory for Birmingham City at Fratton Park, just four days after Portsmouth had dumped the Blues out of the FA Cup.

Jerome notched his sixth and seventh goals of the season in the first half to lift his side into eighth and leave Pompey further cast adrift at the foot of the Premier League despite Kanu's late consolation.

Pompey may have earned themselves a glamorous FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham or Fulham at Wembley in April, but after their triumph over Blues on Saturday looked to be suffering a hangover.

Jerome's first arrived on 16 minutes as Christian Benitez, one of four players brought into the first eleven in light of the cup defeat, was Birmingham's creator as he slipped a pass clear of the home defence.

Former England Under-21s striker Jerome bounded into space before sending a low drive past David James and in off the far post.

In a half short on incident Pompey's best chance ended up not really being a chance at all.

Jamie O'Hara sent Nadir Belhadj free down the left-hand-side and the Algerian's cross was stood up for Aruna Dindane, but just as the Ivory Coast striker clenched his neck muscle to head goalwards, Barry Ferguson made a vital interception.

Benitez should have made it two moments later as he beat the offside trap but as he dropped his shoulder to round James, Steve Finnan retreated to make a vital last-ditch challenge and rob the Blues striker.

The Ecuadorian atoned for that miss minutes later when, with his back to goal, his delicate back-heel sent Jerome free to double his and his team's tally for the night, placing his finish under James.

Frustrated Pompey boss Avram Grant made a double substitution at half-time introducing the erratic Quincy Owusu-Abeyie and the experience of Greece captain Angelos Basinas to try and breathe some life back into his team.

But it proved another largely lifeless 45 minutes of football with Belhadj's cross just after the hour mark zipping across the face of goal and narrowly missing the outstretched leg of Frederic Piquionne, who dived in vain toward the ball.

Birmingham substitute James McFadden tested James with a low, near-post drive ten minutes from the end, but Kanu set up a nervy final few moments for Alex McLeish's side with a close-range header for his first Premier League goal of the season.

Portsmouth

Birmingham City

Corners

65

Fouls

1215

Goal attempts

Shots off target

55

Offsides

24

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