- Venue:Fratton Park
- Referee:Jones, M
Full Time: Portsmouth 3-1 Wolves. Portsmouth cruise to victory over a disappointing Wolves with goals from Dindane, Utaka and Brown.
Three minutes of added time to be played. Portsmouth look set for a confidence boosting win.
Wolves come forward down the right hand side and they have options in the box but Leonard Sowah makes a superb challenge to prevent the cross coming in. This boy is going to be some player.
A simple mistake from John Utaka as he works a short corner but is then flagged offside as he received the return ball.
Adlene Guedioura is introduced. Kevin Foley makes way.
Piquionne strikes a shot from just inside the box but he cannot feed the ball through a crowd of players and in the end I think it is blocked by Tommy Smith inadvertantly.
A swift Portsmouth counter attack ends in a through ball finding Smith in the channel but his shot is well saved by Hahnemann down to his left.
PORTSMOUTH 3-1 WOLVES. Michael BROWN gets on the scoresheet as he finishes into the bottom corner from twelve yards after a Smith knock down.
Foley tests James again as he curls the ball towards the far corner with his left-foot but the keeper is there to palm it around the post.
John Utaka breaks down the left hand side with trademark pace and cuts onto his stronger right foot before striking for goal but he skews it wide of the mark.
Doyle strikes an effort against the upright and it falls for Ebanks-Blake who has an open net with James already on the floor but the striker drags it wide. What a miss!
Papa Bouba Diop replaces Richard Hughes.
The rhythm of the game has been disrupted by the recent changes as both sides come to terms with slightly new systems and the substitutes get to grips with the game.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces Mancienne who has been poor. Ebanks-Blake will no doubt play in attack alongside Doyle.
Doyle tries a speculative and acrobatic effort from just inside the box but the looping strike is turned wide by David James. What a goal that would have been!
McCarthy is clearly getting frustarted on the sideline, particularly with Mancienne who once again plays a wayward pass and gifts possession to the home side.
Berra chops down Utaka in rather cynical fashion and is accordingly cautioned by Mike Jones.
The second period starts rather more cagily than the first half finished with both sides exchanging possession in the middle of the park.
The second half is underway.
Tommy Smith replaces Aruna Dindane.
Chris Iwelumo is brought on to replace Bia.
Joel Ward replaces Aaron Mokoena as Grant looks to give some experience to the youngster.
Half-Time: PORTSMOUTH 2-1 WOLVES. A first half that came to life after Dindane's 22nd-minute header ends with Portsmouth one goal ahead after Doyle's leveller was quickly cancelled out by Utaka's low strike. It's still all to play for!
Bia threads the ball into the path of Doyle but James races off his line to shut down the angle and block the shot. If Capello is watching he will certianly be impressed by the Portsmouth stopper's performance so far.
Boateng strikes a free-kick towards goal from twenty-five yards but the ball is blocked by the wall but the appeals for handball are waved away by the referee.
PORTSMOUTH 2-1 WOLVES. Portsmouth are back infront! Michael Brown finds UTAKA on the edge of the box and the Nigerian picks out the bottom corner with a fine finish.
PORTSMOUTH 1-1 WOLVES. A deep free-kick is headed goalbound by Zubar but James parries. It drops to DOYLE who strikes instinctively at goal but James is on hand to make a double save but it drops back to Doyle who forces it home from close range.
Another save from James but this one he knew very little about. Premier Legaue new boy Bia stings a shot in from the edge of the box but James gets his chin in the way and makes a fortunate block.
David Jones takes a free-kick from the left hand side and whips it in low with pace. The ball travels along the six yard line and somehow evades everyone and goes behind for a goal-kick. Any touch on that and it would have been a goal.
Avram Grant plays the politician as he responds to a chorus of requests for a wave from the home fans. Everyone in the ground will be praying that Grant is still at the club next season.
Piquionne makes a great burst into the box and strikes low from the right channel and forces another good stop from Hahnemann low and to his left.
Boateng comes close to doubling the lead as he strikes a shot with phenomenal power from range that forces Hahnemann to make a diving save.
PORTSMOUTH 1-0 WOLVES. The home fans go into raptures as Brown floats the ball into the box and picks out DINDANE who has ghosted in unmarked and he nods home from close range.
James concedes a cheap corner. Craddock comes in at the back post to meet Jones' corner but he cannot quite reach it with an outstretched foot.
The visitors have conceded possession again in midfield and Dindane has the chance to break down the touchline but his first touch is poor and the ball is lost to Elokobi.
Mokoena concedes a free-kick on the edge of his box and Jones will take. The ball is struck over the wall and dipping towards the corner but James scampers across his line to parry it wide. A superb save!
The game has gotten very scrappy in the last few minutes. Bia's delivery is well headed away by veteran defender Steve Finnan.
Bia cuts in off the left hand side and shoots right-footed with power, it takes a deflection that almost wrong foots James but the potential England number one gets back across to gather.
Brown's challenge in midfield is judged as overzealous by the referee and a free-kick is awarded but the long ball forward is easily dealt with by the Portsmouth back-line with only Doyle trying to hold the ball up.
The early pressure comes from the home side as they start positively but Michael Brown's cross from deep is smashed clear by Elokobi.
Mike Jones takes charge of this one and he gets us underway to a chorus of cheers from the Fratton Park faithful. No doubt the home players will want to impress in their final top-flight home game for the foreseeable future.
Mick McCarthy gives a first Premier League start to Mujangi Bia in midfield with Doyle playing the lone striker. Width and support will come frequently from Foley on the left and Jones and Henry will push forward from midfield.
Avram Grant names a strong side in an attempt to build some momentum going into the FA Cup Final in two weeks that includes teenager Sowah at left back. Utaka, Dindane and Piquionne head up the attack with Brown and Hughes bolstering the midfield.
Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Zubar, Berra, Craddock, Elokobi, Foley, Henry, Mancienne, David Jones, Mujangi Bia, Doyle
Portsmouth: James, Vanden Borre, Mokoena, Finnan, Sowah, Dindane, Brown, Hughes, Boateng, Utaka, Piquionne
Hello and welcome to Fratton Park where the already relegated Portsmouth take on the already safe Wolves in what will hopefully be a free-flowing encounter.
Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers meet at Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon in a game which has very little at stake.
Pompey have already suffered relegation to the Championship after a dismal campaign on and off the field while Wolves, under Mick McCarthy, have surprised many by securing their position in the Premier League following their title-winning promotion last year.
Portsmouth manager Avram Grant may opt to ring the changes for the hosts as they prepare to take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final next month.
Their unlikely run to the showpiece event has given their troubled fans something to cheer as they get set for a spell in the second tier next season.
Pompey have failed to win in their previous six league outings, collecting just three draws in the process.
Wolves on the other hand have lost just once in eight matches, and that came in heartbreaking fashion at Arsenal.
Nicklas Bendtner grabbed a last-gasp winner for the Gunners on April 3 but it has done little to dampen spirits at the Molineux-based club and they secured their Premier League status for another season with last weekend's 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers.
The unfortunate Michael Kightly is McCarthy's only injured player for the clash and he misses out with a persistent foot injury.
Pompey will be without Danny Webber (knee) and Hermann Hreidarsson (Achilles) while Nadir Belhadj (thigh) and Tal Ben Haim (groin) are big doubts for the south coast outfit.
Earlier this season, Portsmouth registered their first win of the Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win in the Midlands on October 3. Algeria international Hassan Yebda was the hero of the hour as he headed home the winner in the opening 20 minutes.
John Utaka scored his first goal for a year, and the 1,000th in Premier League history, to help Portsmouth secure a 3-1 victory against Wolves in their final top-flight match of the season at Fratton Park.
Aruna Dindane and Michael Brown were also on target as Avram Grant's already relegated side ended a seven-match winless run in style.
Kevin Doyle's eighth goal of the season proved to be no more than a consolation for the visitors.
FA Cup finalists Pompey took the lead in the 20th minute when Dindane rose unchallenged to head Brown's floated free-kick beyond Marcus Hahnemann and into the left corner of the net.
The goal seemed to spark a dull game into life and Hahnemann denied the hosts a second on 25 minutes, pushing away Frederic Piquionne's powerful right-foot shot following the Frenchman's marauding run.
Wolves came agonisingly close to equalising in the 29th minute when Geoffrey Mujangi Bia narrowly failed to connect to David Jones' teasing free-kick.
Mujangi Bia should have done better when he shot straight at David James after Karl Henry had tricked his way past Steve Finnan and pulled the ball back for the Belgian.
Doyle showed Mujangi Bia how it should be done ten minutes before the break. James pulled off a superb double save to stop headers from Ronald Zubar and Doyle but was powerless to prevent the Irishman bundling in the rebound.
Wolves' joy was short-lived though as Utaka cashed in on more sloppy defending from the visitors to restore Portsmouth's lead just four minutes later.
Utaka was given far too much freedom to cut in from the right wing before firing an unstoppable low shot past Hahnemann from the edge of the penalty area.
James needed to be at his best early in the second half to turn Doyle's acrobatic effort over the crossbar and Wolves should have been level on the hour when Doyle's shot rebounded off a post and the hapless Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scuffed his rebound effort wide when presented with an open goal.
Brown put the game out of Wolves' reach 23 minutes from time with a sweetly-struck right-foot shot from midway inside the box.
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