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  • Date:22 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Fratton Park
  • Attendance:12,779
  • Varney (2) Norris (67) Kitson (67)
    Varney (74)
  • Gillett (26)
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90:18 +0.18

Joel Ward has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

89:11

Liam Lawrence takes a short corner.

87:43

Hayden Mullins produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

86:32

Erik Huseklepp goes off and Joel Ward comes on. Marko Futacs comes on in place of Dave Kitson.

86:18

Effort on goal by Luke Varney from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

83:07

James Coppinger comes on in place of Giles Barnes.

82:16

Simon Gillett is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

81:02

Giles Barnes fouled by Dave Kitson, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.

80:20

Giles Barnes is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

79:02

Corner taken by Giles Barnes, Dave Kitson makes a clearance.

77:16

Dave Kitson concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Stock. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.

76:47

The offside flag is raised against Luke Varney. Neil Sullivan takes the indirect free kick.

75:47

James Hayter is brought on as a substitute for Kyle Bennett. Jon Parkin replaces John Oster.

74:34

Luke Varney gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 3-1 Doncaster.Assist on the goal came from Erik Huseklepp.

67:04

Dave Kitson grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Portsmouth 2-1 Doncaster.David Norris provided the assist for the goal.

65:11

John Oster takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

63:36

Luke Varney fouled by George Friend, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Liam Lawrence, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Dave Kitson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

59:36

The offside flag is raised against Luke Varney. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.

56:08

Kyle Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Lawrence. Indirect free kick taken by Greg Halford. Booking for Kyle Bennett for unsporting behaviour.

55:01

The referee blows for offside. Stephen Henderson takes the indirect free kick.

54:17

Shot from just outside the box by Kyle Bennett goes over the bar.

53:01

Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line to the near post, Pascal Chimbonda makes a clearance.

51:06

Centre by Kyle Bennett.

49:05

Erik Huseklepp takes a shot. Save made by Neil Sullivan.

47:12

Headed effort from inside the area by Ricardo Rocha misses to the left of the goal.

46:49

Inswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence, George Friend manages to make a clearance.

42:39

John Oster takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Dave Kitson.

41:58

Unfair challenge on Herita Ilunga by Dave Kitson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.

39:57

Giles Barnes is ruled offside. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

34:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hayden Mullins on Kyle Bennett. John Oster restarts play with the free kick. Caution for Ricardo Rocha. Caution for Billy Sharp.

31:27

Tal Ben-Haim challenges Pascal Chimbonda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Hird takes the indirect free kick.

29:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Gillett by Liam Lawrence. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.

28:57

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence played to the near post, Pascal Chimbonda makes a clearance.

26:24

Inswinging corner taken by John Oster from the left by-line, Simon Gillett scores a goal from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-1 Doncaster.John Oster provided the assist for the goal.

26:08

Kyle Bennett takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

24:31

The ball is delivered by Brian Stock, save by Stephen Henderson.

23:48

Corner from the left by-line taken by John Oster, Dave Kitson manages to make a clearance.

22:27

Erik Huseklepp fouled by Pascal Chimbonda, the ref awards a free kick. Tal Ben-Haim takes the free kick.

19:08

The ball is swung over by Giles Barnes, save by Stephen Henderson.

17:53

Greg Halford delivers the ball.

16:56

Outswinging corner taken by John Oster, clearance by Dave Kitson.

11:59

The offside flag is raised against Giles Barnes. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

11:04

Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Dave Kitson misses to the right of the target.

9:45

George Friend fouled by Dave Kitson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by George Friend.

8:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by John Oster played to the near post, clearance made by Luke Varney.

7:12

The ball is swung over by Greg Halford.

5:21

Foul by Sam Hird on Dave Kitson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.

2:18

A goal is scored by Luke Varney from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 1-0 Doncaster.Assist by Stephen Henderson.

1:45

Luke Varney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Neil Sullivan takes the indirect free kick.

Match Preview

Striker worry for Pompey Benjani is an injury doubt for Portsmouth ahead of the Fratton Park clash with Doncaster. The Zimbabwean striker is still struggling with the hamstring problem which forced him to miss Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Ipswich and is unlikely to return. His absence paved the way for Dave Kitson to start his first match since August at Portman Road following a rib injury. Kitson looks set to keep his place alongside Luke Varney at the top of the 4-4-2 system caretaker bosses Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray have used since manager Steve Cotterill's departure to Nottingham Forest late last week. Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is still keeping Jamie Ashdown, who started the season as Pompey's first-choice, out of the side. Doncaster will travel with a host of injury concerns. Goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has ended his two-month loan spell with Rovers after making just one appearance, returning to parent club Wigan after suffering a back spasm. Ryan Mason, another loanee from Tottenham, missed Doncaster's last-gasp defeat to Blackpool on Tuesday with a stomach bug and is a doubt as he continues to feel unwell. Midfielder John Oster has strained his neck while defender James O'Connor is struggling with a toe injury. Both are considered doubtful but striker Jon Parkin should return after recovering from flu. Goalkeeper Gary Woods (shoulder) faces several weeks on the sidelines along with the injured trio of striker Chris Brown (knee), midfielder Martin Woods (hip) and defender Adam Lockwood (knee).

Formation:442Manager:

Portsmouth

Formation: 433Manager: Dean Saunders

Doncaster

  • Stephen Henderson
  • Greg Halford
  • Ricardo Rocha
  • Jason Pearce
  • Tal Ben-Haim
  • Liam Lawrence
  • Hayden Mullins
  • David Norris
  • Erik Huseklepp
  • Dave Kitson
  • Luke Varney
  • SUBS
  • Jamie Ashdown
  • Joel Ward
  • Aaron Mokoena
  • Marko Futacs
  • Nwankwo Kanu

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Match Report

Varney double downs Rovers Luke Varney scored twice to secure a 3-1 victory for managerless Portsmouth and condemn npower Championship strugglers Doncaster to a third straight defeat. Varney opened the scoring in the third minute and made sure of the points with a quarter of an hour left after Dave Kitson had restored Pompey's lead following an equaliser from Simon Gillett. The hosts will next week step up their search for a new manager following Steve Cotterill's switch to Nottingham Forest with Dave Jones, former Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll and ex-Manchester United favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer among the names being linked with the job. But caretaker bosses Stuart Gray and Guy Whittingham are holding the fort impressively as the south-coast side made it back-to-back home wins. They got off to the perfect start when the dithering Rovers defence let Stephen Henderson's long goal-kick bounce and Varney got to the ball before goalkeeper Neil Sullivan to prod it into the net. It was almost two moments later when Kitson beat Sullivan to another high ball but his goalbound header was weak and George Friend was able to hook it clear. Kitson planted another header wide before Doncaster finally got into their stride and Henderson had to tip a fierce Kyle Bennett shot around his post. And Rovers grabbed their 27th-minute equaliser from the resulting corner, John Oster rolling the ball to the edge of the area from where former Southampton midfielder Gillett crashed a sweet, rising drive past Henderson and into the top corner. Pompey started the second half brightly and defender Ricardo Rocha put a header narrowly wide after Rovers failed to clear Liam Lawrence's corner. Veteran keeper Sullivan, back in the Doncaster side after an injury to Chris Kirkland, then did well to get down to a low drive from Erik Huseklepp. Varney sent a snap-shot the wrong side of Sullivan's post and Kitson headed a dangerous Greg Halford cross wide. At the other end Kyle Bennett 25-yarder flew over the bar before a cross from Brian Stock came off the legs of David Norris and rolled agonisingly wide. But the second goal Pompey had been threatening came in the 68th minute when Sullivan could not keep out a header from Norris and Kitson followed in to make sure. And seven minutes later Doncaster were killed off when Kitson played in Huseklepp, who crossed for Varney to sweep his fifth goal of the season past Sullivan.

Form Guide

    LWLLWL
  • Portsmouth
  • VS
  • Doncaster
  • LWDWLL

Last Meetings

  • Doncaster
  • 0 - 2
  • Portsmouth
  • 12/02/2011
  • Portsmouth
  • 2 - 3
  • Doncaster
  • 13/11/2010

Top Scorers

Portsmouth

  • D Norris 3
  • L Varney 3
  • N Kanu 1
  • D Kitson 1
  • B Mwaruwari 1
  • E Huseklepp 1

Doncaster

  • B Sharp 2
  • J Oster 1
  • J Hayter 1
  • B Stock 1
  • S Gillett 1
  • K Bennett 1

Goals

Portsmouth

    • Total goals 26
    • Goals per game 12
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Doncaster

    • Total goals 21
    • Goals per game 7
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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