Norwich 0 Portsmouth 2: Kitson and Halford strike as Pompey lay Carrow Road bogey

11 December 2010 06:06
Late goals from Dave Kitson and Greg Halford earned Portsmouth a first win at Carrow Road in 23 years. [LNB]Kitson slotted home from six yards in the 73rd minute after excellent play from strike partner David Nugent, who then won a penalty which Halford converted in injury time after he was fouled by Leon Barnett. [LNB] Late show: Greg Halford (second right) notched a second for Portsmouth[LNB]The Norwich defender, who this week agreed a permanent deal on a three-and-a-half-year contract when the January transfer window opens, was sent off for a second booking as a result to cap a miserable day for the home side. [LNB]Portsmouth were also indebted to goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown - who had a loan spell at Norwich in 2006 - after he pulled off several fine saves as City's six-game unbeaten run came to an end. [LNB]Norwich had to make one change with captain Grant Holt suspended after picking up his fifth booking in the 2-1 win at Derby last Saturday, with Simeon Jackson recalled to the starting line-up. [LNB]Portsmouth were unchanged from the team which beat Swansea 2-1 on November 26, the last time they played after their home clash with Burnley was postponed. [LNB]The visitors made a bright start and came close to taking the lead in the third minute. Barnett was penalised for a foul on Nugent and from the resulting free-kick on the edge of the box, Liam Lawrence's effort curled just wide. [LNB]Norwich should have taken the lead in the 18th minute. Chris Martin, making his 100th appearance for the club, flicked the ball on to Jackson, who was through one-on-one but could only shoot straight at Ashdown with his weaker foot. [LNB]Jackson headed a corner from on-loan midfielder Henri Lansbury over the crossbar moments later as the Canaries' confidence grew. [LNB]From then on, it was all Norwich but they failed to turn their dominance into goals. Barnett headed a David Fox corner over the crossbar before the latter fired high and wide from 30 yards. [LNB]Ashdown produced an excellent save to deny Martin in the 33rd minute and then held a stinging drive from Lansbury while Andrew Crofts failed to find the target moments before the break. [LNB]Portsmouth nearly made Norwich pay six minutes into the second half but Lawrence's 30-yard effort hit the post. [LNB]The home side responded and Ashdown pulled off another superb stop to keep out Wes Hoolahan's 18-yard drive before the Irish midfielder fired another effort from further out wide of the post. [LNB]Portsmouth took the lead 17 minutes from time following great play from Nugent, who eventually left Kitson with a simple opportunity from six yards - his first goal in nine games. [LNB]City responded immediately and Fox was foiled by Ashdown from 20 yards with the goalkeeper then in the right position to catch a header from Barnett from Fox's corner before Lansbury drilled just over from range. [LNB]Portsmouth wrapped up victory in injury time when Barnett saw red for a second booking after bringing down Nugent in the box and Halford made no mistake. [LNB] [LNB] Tony Adams in Azerbaijan: It could be worse... we could be in BurnleyAll the buzz of the npower League: King repays boss Boothroyd's trustLeicester 5 Doncaster 1: Rovers pay penalty as Foxes flourish after break[LNB]  Explore more:People: Liam Lawrence, Dave Kitson, David Nugent, Greg Halford, Jamie Ashdown, Leon Barnett, Chris Martin Places: Norwich

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