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Foul by Carl Dickinson on Sam Vokes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Neill Collins.
Daniel Bogdanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Bjorn Helge Riise from the right by-line, Sam Vokes has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Ched Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Rocha. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Aaron Mokoena by Johnny Ertl results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Mokoena.
Bjorn Helge Riise decides to take a short corner.
Sam Vokes takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.
David Cotterill goes off and Carl Dickinson comes on.
Centre by Dave Kitson, save by Steve Simonsen.
Daniel Bogdanovic takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.
Hayden Mullins takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Daniel Bogdanovic is brought on as a substitute for Richard Cresswell. Marcus Bent joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nyron Nosworthy.
Corner taken by Bjorn Helge Riise, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
Unfair challenge on Johnny Ertl by Nwankwo Kanu results in a free kick. Bjorn Helge Riise crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half, clearance by Hermann Hreidarsson.
Nyron Nosworthy crosses the ball, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the left by-line, clearance by Sam Vokes.
Sam Vokes on for Michael Doyle.
Aaron Mokoena on for Jonathan Hogg. Joel Ward leaves the field to be replaced by Nwankwo Kanu.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Ertl by Dave Kitson. Steve Simonsen takes the indirect free kick.
Richard Cresswell challenges Ricardo Rocha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Stephen Quinn goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is sent over by Bjorn Helge Riise, Hayden Mullins manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Stephen Quinn.
Bjorn Helge Riise produces a cross.
Corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the left by-line, Richard Cresswell manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ched Evans on Ricardo Rocha. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
Corner taken short by Bjorn Helge Riise.
Dave Kitson takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen. David Nugent has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell by Ritchie De Laet results in a free kick. Bjorn Helge Riise crosses the ball in from the free kick, Nyron Nosworthy challenges Jamie Ashdown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.
Dave Kitson produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Steve Simonsen.
Headed effort from inside the area by Hermann Hreidarsson misses to the right of the target.
Bjorn Helge Riise takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Hermann Hreidarsson makes a clearance.
Stephen Quinn fouled by Jonathan Hogg, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Williamson restarts play with the free kick.
David Nugent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neill Collins. Nyron Nosworthy takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell by Greg Halford results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell by Ricardo Rocha. Direct free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.
The referee blows for offside. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn from the right by-line to the near post, Dave Kitson makes a clearance.
Stephen Quinn takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Dave Kitson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Hogg on Stephen Quinn. Michael Doyle takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by David Cotterill, Steve Simonsen makes a save.
Hermann Hreidarsson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 1-0 Sheff Utd.Inswinging corner taken by David Cotterill,
Foul by Neill Collins on David Nugent, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Greg Halford.
David Nugent takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.
Stephen Quinn takes the inswinging corner, Ritchie De Laet makes a clearance.
Joel Ward produces a cross.
Corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the right by-line, clearance made by Matthew Lowton.
Foul by Michael Doyle on David Nugent, free kick awarded. Greg Halford takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Ched Evans goes over the target.
The ball is sent over by David Cotterill, save by Steve Simonsen.
The referee blows for offside against Richard Cresswell. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
Neill Collins fouled by Dave Kitson, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Doyle on Jonathan Hogg. Greg Halford restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by David Cotterill from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Lee Williamson. Joel Ward challenges Lee Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
Problems for Cotterill
Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill will be without Liam Lawrence for the home clash with Sheffield United and has major doubts over the fitness of Hayden Mullins and Joel Ward.
Former Stoke midfielder Lawrence was named as a substitute for Tuesday night's 2-0 win against Scunthorpe but will now be out for a further two or three weeks after suffering a reaction to his calf problem during the warm-up.
Fellow midfielder Mullins limped out of the convincing win after just 22 minutes with a similar problem and is expected to be replaced with Aaron Mokoena, who scored the second goal against the Iron after stepping off the bench.
Ward missed the game altogether with a calf problem of his own and looks likely to miss out for the second time in a week.
Striker Danny Webber remains a long-term absentee as he continues his recovery from a cruciate injury.
Sheffield United defender Shane Lowry has been handed an extra match ban by the Football Association and will miss out.
Lowry, on loan from Aston Villa, was banned for last week's home defeat to Derby after his recent dismissal at Scunthorpe, but the Australian has been awarded an extra game on the sidelines for striking out at the dug out after he had left the pitch.
Manager Micky Adams could include midfielder Nick Montgomery (knee), on-loan West Brom defender Joe Mattock (ankle/knee) and striker Sam Vokes, who has been restricted to two appearances since arriving on loan from Wolves in mid-February due to a hamstring injury.
Club skipper Chris Morgan, fellow defenders Andy Taylor and Ryan France, goalkeeper Richard Wright, as well as striker Darius Henderson remain long-term absentees.
Adams is chasing his first win in 13 games since taking charge at Bramall Lane, while the Blades have not won any of their last 14 matches.
In-form Pompey blunt Blades
Hermann Hreidarsson struck his first goal in over a year as Portsmouth served warning of a late play-off challenge in the npower Championship with their sixth successive league win, beating Sheffield United 1-0.
Iceland international Hreidarsson slammed the ball home from close range following David Cotterill's corner midway through the first half and helped marshal a Pompey defence that kept a sixth successive clean sheet.
But while Steve Cotterill's side climbed to within striking distance of the top six, Sheffield United appear to be in freefall under manager Micky Adams, who has yet to taste victory in 13 matches since taking over from Gary Speed as Blades boss in December.
The Blades, unchanged from the side that lost at Bramall Lane to Derby last week, were first to threaten when striker Ched Evans rifled a 25-yard shot over the crossbar in the 10th minute.
But with Pompey winger Cotterill looking to impress against his former club, the home side moved quickly through the gears and began to dominate possession.
Leading goalscorer David Nugent forced United goalkeeper Steve Simonsen into a fine save with a low shot from inside the penalty area, and Pompey defender Greg Halford, another former Blade, drilled a 35-yard free-kick over the crossbar before Portsmouth opened the scoring.
Cotterill swung over a corner in the 24th minute and after Nugent and Johnny Ertl's aerial challenge, the ball broke for Hreidarsson on the edge of the six-yard box and the Iceland international lashed it high into the roof of the net for his first goal since December 2009.
Portsmouth continued to look the more accomplished outfit, but save for Hreidarsson's thumping header that flew just wide in the 43rd minute, neither side created another clearcut chance before half-time.
Pompey striker Dave Kitson brought the best out of Simonsen again four minutes into the second period, driving in an angled shot from 12 yards that the visiting goalkeeper pushed away, while Nugent dragged a similar effort wide soon after.
Blades midfielder Stephen Quinn struck a shot from the edge of the penalty area wide in the 64th minute, but although the visitors enjoyed a more equal share of possession as the second half progressed, there was little precision in the final third.
Pompey midfielder Hayden Mullins threatened to add a second when he rifled a 20-yard shot over the crossbar, before the Blades threatened in a rare foray into the hosts' box, substitute Sam Vokes heading straight at home goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown.
Vokes went close again in the closing stages with another header, this time from Bjorn Helge Riise's cross, as the visitors mounted a desperate late rally to salvage a point, but Adams' side slipped to a third successive defeat and are now six points adrift of safety.
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