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Erik Huseklepp gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-0 Blackpool.
The referee books James Hurst for dissent.
Joel Ward takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, clearance made by Ludovic Sylvestre.
James Hurst challenges Tal Ben-Haim unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Benjani Mwaruwari. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence by Kevin Phillips. The referee shows Kevin Phillips a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Greg Halford.
Corner taken by Ludovic Sylvestre, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Greg Halford, Matthew Gilks makes a save.
Erik Huseklepp delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
Daniel Bogdanovic comes on in place of Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Centre by Stephen Crainey, clearance by Ricardo Rocha. Outswinging corner taken by Alex Baptiste, Tal Ben-Haim makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Halford on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Benjani Mwaruwari is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
David Norris leaves the field to be replaced by Nwankwo Kanu.
Thomas Ince goes off and James Hurst comes on.
The offside flag is raised against David Norris. Free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.
Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Ince from the right by-line, Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
Foul by Ludovic Sylvestre on Erik Huseklepp, free kick awarded. The referee shows Ludovic Sylvestre a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence from right wing, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown makes a comfortable save.
Ian Evatt challenges Joel Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Halford takes the free kick.
Effort from just outside the area by Hayden Mullins goes over the target.
Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
Ricardo Rocha is shown a yellow card.
Corner taken by Thomas Ince, Hayden Mullins manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Ludovic Sylvestre, Liam Lawrence makes a clearance.
Thomas Ince decides to take a short corner.
Aaron Mokoena goes off and Ricardo Rocha comes on.
(Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Ludovic Sylvestre coming on for Matt Phillips.
Benjani Mwaruwari is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.
Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, clearance by Keith Southern. Corner taken by Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The ball is swung over by David Norris.
Header by Kevin Phillips from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Joel Ward on Thomas Ince, free kick awarded. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.
Joel Ward takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Erik Huseklepp delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Benjani Mwaruwari on Thomas Ince. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince to the near post, clearance made by Benjani Mwaruwari.
Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince to the near post, clearance made by Aaron Mokoena.
Barry Ferguson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Matt Phillips by Jason Pearce results in a free kick. Jason Pearce is cautioned. Shot on goal comes in from Thomas Ince from the free kick, save made by Jamie Ashdown. Thomas Ince takes the inswinging corner, Hayden Mullins makes a clearance.
Benjani Mwaruwari challenges Keith Southern unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Thomas Ince receives a caution. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Thomas Ince, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Benjani Mwaruwari on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Kevin Phillips is ruled offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
Foul by Ian Evatt on David Norris, free kick awarded. Ian Evatt is given a yellow card. Liam Lawrence takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by David Norris. The referee shows David Norris a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Header from close in by Joel Ward misses to the left of the target.
Effort on goal by Erik Huseklepp from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is crossed by Alex Baptiste.
Benjani Mwaruwari gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ian Evatt. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
Aaron Mokoena gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Joel Ward results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.
Craig Cathcart fouled by Jason Pearce, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
Liam Lawrence sends in a cross, clearance by Ian Evatt. Liam Lawrence takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Joel Ward misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Matt Phillips from the left by-line, Craig Cathcart takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Matt Phillips goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Greg Halford sends in a cross, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
The official flags Keith Southern offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
Matt Phillips takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
Stephen Crainey is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Booking for Stephen Crainey for unsporting behaviour. Liam Lawrence delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Kevin Phillips manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Joel Ward from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
The referee blows for offside against Jason Pearce. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence by Stephen Crainey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.
Unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Benjani Mwaruwari results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
Varney and Dave won't have their Kits-on
Portsmouth's Luke Varney and Dave Kitson will miss the visit of Blackpool but Liam Lawrence returns.
Midfielder Lawrence missed last weekend's defeat at Hull through suspension after his red card at West Ham a fortnight ago.
Varney begins a three-match ban after he was sent off against the Tigers, and fellow striker Kitson is still missing with a rib injury which looks set to keep him out until after the international break.
Hungary Under-21 international Marko Futacs has made two substitute appearances since joining from Werder Bremen last month and could be in line for his full debut.
Joel Ward started in midfield at Hull but may revert to his preferred position at right-back against the Seasiders.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway will be without Neal Eardley and Elliot Grandin when they travel to struggling Portsmouth.
The pair are both suffering from foot injuries, with the news coming as a particular blow for Wales international Eardley, who has only just made his recovery from surgery on a badly dislocated finger.
Apart from their absence, Holloway has no new injury or suspension concerns as his side look to extend their four-match unbeaten run.
The Tangerines boss is expected to make one or two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Cardiff, with Stephen Crainey and recent signings Daniel Bogdanovic and James Hurst pushing for starting berths.
Left-back Crainey played 35 minutes as a substitute last week following his return from illness.
Pompey end lean run
Erik Huseklepp scored his first goal for Portsmouth in stoppage-time as they took a 1-0 win over Blackpool, which gave them a first win in five npower Championship games.
Blackpool missed a host of chances to condemn Portsmouth to a third straight defeat and, as a result, failed to move into the play-off positions.
Matt Phillips missed two clear-cut chances early on for the visitors whilst Jason Pearce was lucky not to concede a penalty for handball in an entertaining encounter at Fratton Park that had looked set to finish goalless, until Huseklepp's late intervention.
The Tangerines dominated a tentative opening period, and had two glorious chances to go ahead after two minutes.
First Gary Taylor-Fletcher brilliantly picked out Matt Phillips after 15 minutes, and the former Wycombe man went around a defender but his instinctive shot was straight at Jamie Ashdown.
And the striker had another chance minutes later to put the visitors in front, this time dragging wide when well-found by strike partner Kevin Phillips.
Blackpool have not beaten Portsmouth in almost 38 years, but their quick counter-attacks and short passing were causing the home side a host of problems.
When Pompey finally found their stride Huseklepp's 25-yard effort flew just over Matt Gilks' crossbar, before Joel Ward lost his marker and headed the home side's best chance of the half wide from close range on the half-hour.
Steve Cotterill's men's task could have been made much more difficult when David Norris appeared lucky to escape a red card following an elbow on Ian Evatt.
The visitors, unbeaten away from home in the league this season, saw a stinging Tom Ince free-kick palmed over by Ashdown, before Barry Ferguson smashed a volley narrowly over just before the interval.
The home side came quickly out of the blocks in the second half with youngster Joel Ward's fine strike from 20 yards clearing the bar and Liam Lawrence forcing Gilks into a smart save after 50 minutes.
From the corner, Greg Halford stole in front of Alex Baptiste but his header flew just wide.
The game's most controversial moment came after 70 minutes when Evatt's goalbound shot seemed to strike the hand of Pearce, but referee Darren Deadman waved away the defender's furious appeals.
Portsmouth looked short of imagination up front without the suspended Luke Varney, with Benjani remaining largely anonymous.
Both managers made attacking substitutions as they bid for all three points, but it was Pompey who took them home when Evatt's mis-timed header fell to Norwegian striker Huseklepp, who hammered a volley home from 12 yards to leave Ian Holloway's charges reeling.
The winner came with less than a minute of stoppage time remaining and moves Portsmouth up five places to 14th as the Lancashire outfit drop to eighth.
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