- Venue:Fratton Park
- Referee:Dean, M
Full Time: Portsmouth 1-2 Stoke. The final whislte goes and it's a devastating defeat for Pompey who looked the better team for much of the game. Diao's late header gives Stoke the three points despite Wilkinson being dismissed in the second half.
Hreidarsson is booked.
Pompey press and press but the visitors run the ball into the corner. Fuller is replaced by Dave Kitson in nothing more than a time wasting exercise.
PORTSMOUTH 1-2 STOKE. Ricardo Fuller breaks down the right hand side and lifts the ball into the middle for DIAO who meets it with a composed header that finds the net. Heartbreak for the basement club, when your lucks out, your lucks really out.
Belhadj whips a ball in from the left hand side and almost finds Dindane in the middle but the striker is forced out of it by Huth. Good defending from the Stoke City man.
Portsmouth have possession but lack incision in the final third. Is there a winner in this one?
Pompey want the three points! Danny Webber comes on for Finnan.
Fuller picks the ball up just inside the Portsmouth half and drives forward before striking for goal from range but the shot is well wide of the mark.
Quincy works a short corner with O'Hara before taking a shot on but he fires it wide with his left-foot as he ran across the edge of the box.
Portsmouth are pressing and the visitors are struggling to get the ball out of their own half. Can basement club grab a winner and a precious three points with the man advantage?
Tuncay makes way as Tony Pulis looks to cope with the red card. Salif Diao enters the action.
The flow of the game has been disrupted by the sending off. O'Hara has to put on some new shorts as his were ripped off by Fuller in a challenge.
Again Dindane is brought down by WILKINSON who sees red as Mike Dean produces his second yellow card.
The Portsmouth defence is all at sea and the loose ball breaks into the path of Sidibe who looks to break towards James' goal but Wilson atones for the error with a fine tackle.
Dindane is pulled to the ground by Wilkinson and the fullback earns himself a caution.
Yebda makes way for John Utaka. Will this addition of pace make the difference for Avram Grant's team?
Finnan comes forward down the right hand side and looks to find Dindane with a cross but Huth heads the ball down to Sorensen who claims the loose ball.
Delap winds up to take a long-throw from inside the Portsmouth half and the inevitable follows. The ball sails into the area and James comes off his line and collects comfortably.
O'Hara is cautioned for dissent after his appeals for a free-kick were ignored.
Kanu holds the ball up well on the edge of the box and wins a free-kick from Shawcross. O'Hara will take once again and again the result is the same as the wall does its job.
Yebda and Dindane link up to win a corner for the home side. O'Hara whips it in and picks out Hreidarsson but he heads well over the bar unmarked.
Quincy shows some great footwork as he steps away from Shawcross before he is fouled on the edge of the box. O'Hara takes the free-kick but he strikes it into the wall.
PORTSMOUTH 1-1 STOKE. Glenn Whelan whips in a corner, Shawcross makes a darting run that drags two defenders out of position creating room for HUTH who powers the ball home with a fine header. Game on!
Whelan whips in a low, flat corner from the right hand side that falls kindly for Whitehead. Whitehead strikes a fierce low drive from the edge of the box but O'Hara clears off the line. O'Hara is the heart and soul of this Portsmouth team.
Portsmouth come out of the blocks flying and the new man Kanu wins a corner. O'Hara whips the ball in, its cleared as far as Belhadj who's cross forces Sorensen into action but the keeper makes the save.
Grant makes one change at halftime that sees Kanu enter the action in place of Piquionne. Perhaps the goalscorer has picked up a knock.
The second forty-five is underway. Pompey need this win badly, and the home fans will be willing them to hold on to this lead.
Halftime: Portsmouth 1-0 Stoke. The whistle goes for halftime and Portsmouth have a deserved lead over Stoke thanks to a goal from Piquionne. Stoke are far from out of this but the home side have shaded the game.
Collins crosses from the left hand side and picks out Tuncay who is unmarked in the area. Tuncay rises to meet the cross but he heads horribly wide from eight yards.
Portsmouth come forward again and win a corner that O'Hara will deliver. The ball comes in at pace and Wilkinson has to concede another corner but the second comes to nothing.
Sanli Tuncay takes a strike for goal from a tight angle but he is denied by a superb save from David James at his near post.
Stoke have responded well to going behind and are camped in the Pompey half at the moment but are lacking incision in attack.
Whelan will deliver Stoke's first corner of the game as the visitors look to respond quickly. The delivery finds Shawcross but he can only head the ball to the feet of James who collects with ease.
PORTSMOUTH 1-0 STOKE. The deadlock is broken! Quincy beats two defenders on the left hand side, plays a one-two with O'Hara before forcing a save from Sorensen. The rebound drops to PIQUIONNE who slots home with composure.
The opening corner of the game goes the way of the home side thanks to determined work from Quincy. O'Hara is the man to take the corner but he cannot pick out a team-mate and the set play comes to nothing.
Delap looks to set Fuller through and finds the striker with a through ball. Fuller turns and runs goalbound with pace and power but Hreidarsson makes a fine tackle to quell the danger.
Portsmouth are dominant at the minute as Belhadj has a cross cleared as far as O'Hara. The midfielder then tries to find Dindane but the ball is cut out, it drops to Belhadj but he fires wide with his first-time strike.
There's a slight delay in play as Wilson and Fuller clash in the air and require some treatment. The game now resumes play and both players seem to be ok.
Controversy at Fratton Park. The home fans are livid as Piquionne has a goal ruled out for offside. Quincy slid the ball into the Frenchman who slotted home neatly but was ruled offside. The replays suggest it was a poor decision.
Wilkinson pumps the ball long and finds the head of Collins who nods the ball down. Sidibe is there to latch onto the ball but his snap shot rolls well wide from inside the penalty area.
The game has started fairly slowly and Piquionne in particular is becoming very frustrated with seeing little of the ball. The Frenchmen has a word with O'Hara as he looks to become more involved in proceedings.
Quincy gets the opportunity to run at the Stoke defence and he has no hesitation in doing just that but Wilkinson is alert to the danger and makes a firm but fair challenge to win possession.
A very scrappy passage of play ends in a Delap throw-in which he takes to Tuncay before the Turkish international strikes high over the bar from the eighteen yard line.
Wilkinson brings down Belhadj on the Pompey left and O'Hara has the opportunity to deliver but the ball in sails into the arms of Sorensen.
Dindane breaks down the right hand side and crosses but the danger is cleared by Shawcross. Tuncay leads the counter for Stoke but he loses possession and a promising move breaks down.
Finnan drags Sidibe down on the left hand side and concedes a free-kick. Whelan whips in with pace towards the back post and finds Shawcross meets it with a header but sends it wide.
Papa Bouba Diop concedes a throw-in inside his own half and gives Delap the opportunity to test out the Pompey backline. The ball is inevitably tossed into the box but it comes to nothing and the home side can clear with ease.
The game is underway.
In a similar system to the home side Fuller, Sidibe and Tuncay all start for Stoke City. The back four is a familiar one with Huth and Collins in the middle with Shawcross and Wilkinson at full-back. Delap, Whitehead and Whelan play in midfield.
Avram Grant selects an attacking line up including Piquionne, Dindane and Owusu-Abeyie. Supporting the three strikers today are the three man midfield of O'Hara, Diop and Yebda with Hreidarsson partnering Wilson in the centre of defence.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Collins, Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Sanli, Fuller, Sidibe
Portsmouth: James, Finnan, Wilson, Hreidarsson, Belhadj, Yebda, Diop, O'Hara, Dindane, Piquionne, Owusu-Abeyie
Hello and welcome to Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth Football Club who will hope to put all their financial woes behind them and put on a show for their loyal and faithful fans. Stoke however, are here to spoil the party.
Rock-bottom Portsmouth face an uphill battle to retain their Premier League status for another season and will need to defeat Stoke City in this crucial meeting on Saturday.
As the league's lowest scorers, with only 20 goals to their name this season, Portsmouth will need to improve their league-low 7.5 per cent shot conversion rate to stand any chance of defeating a Stoke City team that have conceded only two goals in their last four Premier League outings.
Despite failing to win in seven league games, the south coast side will be buoyed by the fact that they have won all of their previous five meetings against Stoke at home.
Pompey have had to battle financial difficulties off the pitch, and a large injury list on it, but manager Avram Grant has praised many of his players for dragging themselves off the treatment table to fight for the cause.
The former Chelsea boss stated: "A few of the players have been playing with injuries. This is an example to everyone of how not to give up when it is a difficult time. They are always fighting."
Stoke have enjoyed a great recent run in the Premier League and are currently unbeaten in six matches - their longest unbeaten streak in the top-flight for nearly 29 years.
The Potters will hope to repeat their 1-0 win over Portsmouth in the Premier League earlier this season, a game in which Ricardo Fuller scored the only goal and his second in two appearances against Pompey in the top-flight.
However, Portsmouth did defeat Stoke 4-0 in a League Cup meeting at Fratton Park in October this season.
Stoke City substitute Salif Diao climbed off the bench to condemn old club Portsmouth to a dramatic last-minute 2-1 defeat in what could be their final ever game at Fratton Park.
Diao struck in the dying seconds to earn ten-man Stoke an unlikely and cruel victory after Robert Huth's header had cancelled out Frederic Piquionne's first-half opener.
Portsmouth do not play at home again until after their reappearance at the High Court to answer the winding-up order issued by HM Revenue and Customs on March 1.
The home side began the day being told their plea to sell players outside the transfer window had been thrown out by the Premier League, leaving owner Balram Chainrai searching for another way to settle the unpaid £12million tax bill which is threatening their existence.
Club sources claim an unnamed South African consortium are close to completing a takeover to rescue the 2008 FA Cup winners.
The enormity of the task facing manager Avram Grant to retain Premier League status was demonstrated prior to kick-off by the award of the supporters' player of the month for January.
Step forward Asmir Begovic, sold to Stoke on transfer deadline day to help pay his former team-mates' wages and a sheepish recipient of the accolade on his return to the south coast, albeit it as a substitute.
Pompey fans do not have to search too hard for further reminders of their glorious recent past, with giant portraits of England duo Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe adorning the stairwells of their dilapidated stadium.
But what Grant's hastily assembled team of foreign loan signings and players discarded by their Premier League rivals lack in quality compared to their illustrious predecessors, they make up for in heart and endeavour.
Grant could have been forgiven for thinking fate was conspiring against him when Piquionne's neatly taken 20th-minute effort was wrongly ruled out for offside.
Piquionne did not have to wait long to gain his retribution, reacting quicker than the Stoke defence when Thomas Sorensen could only parry Quincy Owusu-Abeyie's shot to side-foot home from an acute angle.
It took until the 40th minute for the visitors to register their first shot on target as David James, himself a January target for Tony Pulis, beat away Tuncay's close-range shot.
Tuncay should have equalised on the stroke of half-time when he put a free header over the crossbar from Glenn Whelan's cross.
Centre-back Huth showed Tuncay how it should be done five minutes after the interval, evading the marking of opposite number Marc Wilson to nod in Whelan's corner.
Stoke were forced to play out the final 17 minutes with ten men when defender Andy Wilkinson was sent off after collecting two yellow cards in the space of nine minutes for fouls on the lively Aruna Dindane.
But it was Pulis' side that cashed in as Portsmouth poured forward in search of a winner to prolong their faint Premier League survival hopes, with Diao sliding in at the back post to convert Ricardo Fuller's centre.
Shots off target