Portsmouth 2 Sunderland 1: Utaka ignores club crisis to cheer Pompey

25 January 2010 12:55
Despite the High Court writs, crippling debts and their fans' pre-match protest, Portsmouth's players managed to keep the club in the FA Cup in front of only 10,315 spectators.[LNB]Perhaps fittingly, it was John Utaka, with his reported £80,000-a-week pay packet that says everything about the financial mismanagement of the club, who provided the goals.[LNB]Utaka said: 'The FA Cup is still a magic competition. For me, it is just as important as the League, and hopefully this win will also help us to start climbing the table because I believe we don't deserve to be where we are.'[LNB] Jumping for joy: Utaka celebrates in style after his goals against the Black Cats[LNB] But if this victory highlighted the Portsmouth players' resilience, it was a damning indictment on the state of Sunderland's current fortunes. Manager Steve Bruce described his side's defending as 'schoolboy stuff'.[LNB]Utaka was able to hold off the Sunderland defence to head Marc Wilson's ball over Craig Gordon for Portsmouth's equaliser after Darren Bent had put the visitors ahead.[LNB]Then the Nigerian latched on to a headed clearance from Younes Kaboul to fire Portsmouth into the fifth round.[LNB]Bruce said: 'The goals conceded simply aren't good enough at this level.'[LNB] PORTSMOUTH NEWS FRMO ACROSS THE NETArsenal's sorry Sol Campbell misses the honeymoon period again - just like at Notts CountyFA Cup fifth round draw: Southampton to host Portsmouth in plum tieStoke 3 Arsenal 1: Sol Campbell makes losing return thanks to Ricardo Fuller's double header[LNB]  

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