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  • Dindane (90)
  • Bent (12 pen)
  • Date:2010-02-09
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Fratton Park
  • Attendance:16242
  • Referee:Friend, K

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-time: PORTSMOUTH 1 - 1 SUNDERLAND: The referee brings the game to a close with the score at 1-1.

90mins

PORTSMOUTH 1 - 1 SUNDERLAND: The home side equalise as Dindane heads home from close range.

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From the resulting corner, the ball falls to O'Hara who hits the ball well only for it to be deflected wide for another corner.

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O'Hara knocks the ball into the penalty area and Piquionne's header forces Gordon to tip the ball round the post.

90mins

Kanu works his way down the wing, but his cross is poor and easily headed away by Jones.

90mins

There will be six minutes of added time at the end of this game. Can Portsmouth get an equaliser?

90mins

Sunderland also make a change as Phil Bardsley replaces Bent.

89mins

Another substitution for the home side as Danny Webber replaces Finnan.

88mins

Meyler is sent-off after being on the pitch for only a minute or two for elbowing Finnan.

87mins

Gordon rushes out of his goal to help out his two central defenders who had left the ball for each other.

86mins

Reid appears to have tweaked his hamstring and is replaced by David Meyler.

85mins

Finnan cuts inside and curls a cross into the penalty area, but it is too close to Gordon who collects well for his side.

84mins

Dindane powers forward with purpose, but he runs out of energy at the wrong time and McCartney manages to prevent any danger.

83mins

That moment almost comes as Piquionne heads wide from Belhadj's cross under pressure from Kilgallon.

82mins

Portsmouth need to dig deep now and hope for a moment or two of magic from one of their players.

81mins

Kanu somehow works his way through the Sunderland defence before dragging a shot wide of the post.

79mins

Another change for the home side as Nadir Belhadj replaces Yebda.

78mins

The home side are pushing everyone forward now, even full-back Wilson who has his ambitious shot from distance blocked by Sunderland.

76mins

An attacking substitution for Portsmouth as Nwankwo Kanu replaces Diop.

76mins

Reid slides the ball into the path of Bent who watches on as his shoot trickles past the post and the sliding Jones.

75mins

Diop controls the ball well and sets Dindane on his way down the wing, only for Hutton to win possession back for the visitors.

73mins

O'Hara does well to beat two Sunderland players before forcing a decent save from Gordon with a left foot shot.

71mins

Corner for the home side is taken towards the six yard box and headed away by Jones before falling to Diop who shoots miles over the bar.

70mins

Sunderland on the other hand have struggled more on the road as they haven't won away since the opening day of the season.

69mins

Part of Portsmouth's problem this season has been their home form, with only 10 points in 11 league games at Fratton Park.

68mins

A quick free-kick for Portsmouth is squared to O'Hara who drills the ball towards goal only for it to be well saved by Gordon.

67mins

From the next Sunderland corner, Reid's cross finds the head of Turner who heads the ball over the bar.

66mins

From the resulting free-kick, the ball falls to Matthew Kilgallon who watches on as his hooked effort comes back off the post.

65mins

Bent finds himself clear on the Portsmouth goal after poor defending, but his shot is well saved by James who stood firm.

65mins

Basinas works himself into some space and manages to get a shot away, but it goes comfortably wide of the target.

64mins

McCartney launches a long and floating ball into the box, but James shows confidence to collect with ease.

63mins

Bent goes down under the challenge from Hassan Yebda as the game settles down for the first time since the break.

61mins

Piquionne almost creates something from nothing as his clever cross just avades the head of Dindane.

60mins

O'Hara tries his luck from long range but it is high, wide and handsome from the midfielder as it fails to trouble Gordon in the Sunderland goal.

58mins

Piquionne rushes through on goal and is brought down by Wilson inside the penalty area, but nothing is given by the referee.

57mins

Ben Haim is then booked for fouling Jones as the Sunderland man looked to break away.

56mins

Corner for the home side is whipped in by O'Hara only for Bent to head away as far as Ben Haim who has his shot blocked.

55mins

The resulting free-kick is taken by O'Hara from 25 yards, but it goes low into the wall before being deflected wide for a corner.

53mins

Cattermole is shown a second yellow-card and is dismissed to even things up.

53mins

Dindane pushes his way forward through the Sunderland defence and is eventually brought down by Cattermole.

52mins

O'Hara is working extremely hard for his side tonight and has been their best player by a long way.

50mins

Sunderland have conceded 15 goals in their last four away games, so perhaps Portsmouth will take heart from this.

48mins

Cattermole is booked for bringing Dindane down in the centre circle.

47mins

Corner to Sunderland is whipped in by Reid and easily headed away by Wilson.

46mins

Avram Grant was sent to the stands in the break for having one too many words with the referee and will not be in the dugout for the second half.

45mins

The second half is underway with the next goal in this game extremely crucial.

45mins

Half-Time: PORTSMOUTH 0 - 1 SUNDERLAND: The referee blows up for half-time with Sunderland leading at this stage.

45mins

Corner to Sunderland towards the far post is punched away well by James as Sunderland clear the danger.

45mins

Malbranque is forced to come off before the break and is replaced by Boudewijn Zenden.

45mins

There will be four minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half as Malbranque has just had a spell down injured.

45mins

Jones turns beautifully in the centre circle before being brought down by Ben Haim who is lucky not to be shown a yellow-card.

44mins

Portsmouth have only scored two goals in their last six games and they will need this many in the remainder of this game if they are to secure a needed three points.

42mins

Bent collects the ball after good work from Jones, but his touch lets him down and he fails to get a shot away.

41mins

Diop blasts an effort towards goal from distance and many home fans think the ball is in the net, but it in fact hit the side netting.

40mins

Dindane does superbly to skip past Turner and Lorik Cana before his cross is crucially headed away by Sunderland.

39mins

Steve Bruce will be very happy with his team so far, but will want to ensure that they get to the break ahead.

38mins

The ball falls to Basinas within shooting range and his strike is good, but blocked superbly by George McCartney.

37mins

Free-kick for the home side is whipped in by O'Hara, but it doesn't reach Diop at the back post and Sunderland clear.

35mins

O'Hara squares the ball to Piquionne who appeals for a free-kick after being bundled down by a Sunderland player, but the referee waves play on.

34mins

Portsmouth are still pushing forward with purpose and are by no means giving this game up.

33mins

Dindane pushes forward and lays the ball off to O'Hara who connects cleanly with a strike that goes just wide of the post.

32mins

Malbranque collects the ball off Jones and shows good skill to work a cross onto the head of Bent who heads over from 8 yards.

30mins

Dindane is cautioned for showing dissent towards the referee.

30mins

Dindane squares the ball to O'Hara in space, but the midfielder fails to get it under control and fails to get a decent shot away.

29mins

Papa Bouba Diop tries to push forward, but he creates groans from the crowd as he gives the ball away under no pressure at all.

28mins

Hutton is the man to knock the ball into the Portsmouth penalty area and creates hesitation from James before Ben Haim eventually clears.

27mins

Sunderland launch the ball forward towards Bent, but James get there first and grabs possession for his side.

25mins

Lee Cattermole finds some space in the Portsmouth half and tries his luck from 25 yards out, only for it to go comfortably wide of the target.

24mins

Reid whips in the resulting free-kick towards the back post where Jones is waiting, but Portsmouth manage to head away.

23mins

Finnan is booked for fouling Reid as the Sunderland man raced forward.

23mins

The resulting corner comes in from O'Hara, but it fails to beat Bent at the near post who heads the ball away.

22mins

Dindane collects the ball off Steve Finnan before forcing an excellent save from Craig Gordon.

21mins

Tal Ben Haim takes too many touches in front of his own penalty area and under pressure from Bent, he just manages to scramble it back to James.

20mins

Dindane tries his luck from a bizarre angle on the right hand side, but it goes straight out of play for a goal-kick.

19mins

In fact, Sunderland haven't won a top flight game at Fratton Park since 1958.

18mins

Portsmouth will still fancy their chances of getting back into this game as they are unbeaten in their last 5 games against Sunderland in all competitions.

17mins

Jones collects the ball with his back to goal and lays it off to Reid who is robbed of possession by Wilson before he can get a shot away.

16mins

Aruna Dindane plays a clever pass into the path of Frederic Piquionnem, only for Michael Turner to slide in and win the ball.

15mins

Hutton does superbly well to move past his man before squaring the ball to Malbranque who has hit shot blocked well by Marc Wilson.

14mins

Bent has now scored 16 goals this season, giving him an excellent chance of going to South Africa this summer.

13mins

Kenwyne Jones turns well as Sunderland push forward again, but his lofted shot goes comfortably into the arms of James.

12mins

PORTSMOUTH 0 - 1 SUNDERLAND: Bent picks himself up from the challenge and slots it past David James into the net.

10mins

Rocha is show a red-card for the challenge that led to the penalty.

9mins

Sunderland win a penalty as Bent is brought down by Rocha after racing clear on goal.

7mins

Jamie O'Hara chips the ball into the Sunderland penalty area and it eventually falls to Angelos Basinas who drives the ball out of play with an attempted cross.

5mins

Steed Malbranque collects the ball off a quick Andy Reid free-kick, only for his first time cross to be blocked and cleared comfortably by Portsmouth.

4mins

Jamie O'Hara finds some space on the right hand side, but his cross into the box is to high for everyone and goes out of play.

3mins

Darren Bent chases the ball down with Ricardo Rocha and the Portsmouth man eventually wins the battle to clear away for his side.

2mins

Sunderland look to push forward through Alan Hutton, but the on-loan defender's touch lets him down and Portsmouth win possession.

1mins

Both sides go into this game remarkably out of form. Portsmouth have recorded just one point in their last six games, while Sunderland have gone 11 games without a win.

0mins

They are underway at Fratton Park where both Portsmouth and Sunderland will be desperate to record a win.

Match Preview

Portsmouth and Sunderland go head-to-head in the Premier League on Tuesday night with both teams in wretched form.

Avram Grant's Pompey were smashed 5-0 by champions Manchester United on Saturday and their cause was not helped when they managed to concede three own goals.

Anthony Vanden Borre deflected in a left-wing cross, Richard Hughes found himself in the way of a Michael Carrick effort and a howler from Marc Wilson demonstrated exactly why they are rooted to the foot of the table.

Portsmouth have now lost their last three games, without scoring, and their problems don't look like improving any time soon.

However, they may fancy their chances against Steve Bruce's floundering side as the Black Cats are without a win in nine Premier League fixtures.

They have failed to grab three points since their fine 1-0 win over Arsenal in November and have slumped to 13th position in the table.

Sunderland are likely to be without three key first-team players for the long trip to the south coast in midweek.

Defenders John Mensah (hamstring) and Anton Ferdinand (ankle) could both miss out with left winger Kieran Richardson suffering from a leg injury.

Beleaguered Pompey also have several concerns ahead of the crunch clash. Powerful front-man John Utaka and midfield enforcer Papa Bouba Diop (both hamstring) are set to sit out the match.

Aaron Mokoena (knee), Tommy Smith (groin), Hermann Hreidarsson (leg) and Michael Brown (back) remain unavailable.

In last season's fixture, Portsmouth secured a 3-1 victory at Fratton Park in their final game of the campaign.

Kenwyne Jones had opened the scoring for the visitors but they were soon pegged back as John Utaka restored parity on the hour mark.

A Phil Bardsley own goal put the hosts into the lead for the first time before Armand Traore fired home to secure the win.


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Match Report

Avram Grant was among four sendings off as Aruna Dindane's last-gasp goal earned bottom club Portsmouth a morale boosting point following a 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

Darren Bent's penalty looked to have condemned High Court-bound Portsmouth to their 18th league defeat of the season before Dindane's header five minutes into stoppage time.

Portsmouth manager Grant was dismissed along with home defender Ricardo Rocha and Sunderland pair Lee Cattermole and David Meyler after storming onto the pitch at half-time to vent his fury at hapless referee Kevin Friend.

Sunderland - without a win since beating Arsenal on October 21 - took the lead in controversial circumstances after only 12 minutes.

Bent raced in behind the Portsmouth defence to latch onto Kenwyne Jones' neat flick before appearing to be tripped by defender Rocha.

Referee Friend pointed immediately to the spot even though replays showed Rocha made no contact with Bent.

To add to Portsmouth's sense of injustice, Friend brandished a straight red card, initially to midfielder Hassan Yebda before correcting his mistake and sending off the bemused Rocha.

Friend's error seemed to spur on ten-man Pompey and the hosts were unlucky not to find themselves on level terms in the 22nd minute.

Frederic Piquionne headed Jamie O'Hara's centre into the path of Dindane and the Ivory Coast star turned beautifully on the penalty spot only to see his low right-foot drive diverted wide by Craig Gordon's outstretched left leg.

Grant was forced to watch the second half from the television gantry after being sent to the stands for furiously remonstrating with the hapless Friend as the teams went off for the interval.

Sunderland were also reduced to ten men within eight minutes of the re-start after Cattermole was booked twice in the space of five minutes.

Cattermole head already been shown a needless yellow card for over protesting at the award of a free-kick when he went in late on Dindane.

Bent should have put the game beyond Pompey's reach in the 65th minute, finding himself one-on-one with David James only to be denied by a brilliant flying save from the England goalkeeper.

The Black Cats were denied by the woodwork from the resulting corner as Matt Kilgallon's powerful half-volley came crashing back off James' right-hand post.

Substitute Meyler set up a nervy final four minutes for his side after joining the list of dismissals following a vicious elbow attack on Steve Finnan only a minute after coming on.

Meyler was made to pay when Dindane ghosted in at the back post to nod in O'Hara's cross.

Portsmouth

Sunderland

Corners

84

Fouls

1017

Goal attempts

129

Shots off target

76

Offsides

17

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