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Spurs slip up to hand Pompey final date

April 11, 2010

Frederic Piquionne celebrates breaking the deadlock at Wembley

Goals from Frederic Piquionne and Kevin-Prince Boateng have seen Portsmouth progress to the FA Cup final after battling their way past an unfortunate Tottenham Hotspur side at Wembley.

In a game hyped as being a walkover for Harry Redknapp’s men, cash-strapped Portsmouth were more than their equals with numerous chances throughout the 90 minutes. Piquionne was the wasteful culprit the majority of the time, but Spurs ‘keeper Gomes was also on top form. Spurs had more than their fair share of chances too, with Peter Crouch and Tom Huddlestone coming closest.

With neither side able to break the stalemate in normal time, it took just 8 minutes of extra time for on-loan Lyon striker Piquionne to put Avram Grant’s side ahead. An untimely slip on the much talked about Wembley surface from Spurs’ skipper Michael Dawson presented Piquionne with the easiest of his chances, and for once Gomes was left helpless. In a last throw of the dice, Redknapp brought on Eidur Gudjohnsen, no stranger to Wembley occasions after his days with Chelsea. Gudjohnsen had little impact, and in a last attempt to push forward and find a last gasp equalizer, gaps were left wide open in the Tottenham defence, and Aruna Dindane was allowed to burst through only to be brought down in the penalty area by Wilson Palacios, who received a yellow card as a result of the challenge. Perhaps in a different scenario and with a less sympathetic referee, the colour may have been a different one. Kevin-Prince Boateng confidently stepped up against his old side, and dispatched the spot kick to Gomes’ right side. Game over.

These were two teams bristling with similarities on the field, with Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar all turning out against their former side, and with the aforementioned Boateng amongst the Portsmouth ranks, there was plenty of reason for niceties to be shared, both pre-match, and after the final whistle. Despite such obvious on-field comparisons, the two sides could be no different off the pitch, and nobody is ignorant to Pompey’s trials and tribulations behind the scenes this season. People talk about the romance of the FA Cup in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounds, but no one can doubt that a little bit of that old adage rubbed off on the boys in blue today.

With Chelsea awaiting the winners of this tie in the final on the 15th May, it was written in the script somewhere, deep inside, that Avram Grant would be reunited with the club where he introduced himself to English football. Now, can he go one step further and produce the greatest cup story of recent times by leading relegated, depleted Portsmouth to FA Cup glory?

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Stratty permalink
    April 11, 2010 7:08 pm

    WE TAKE IT OUT ON THE AR5ENA1 ON WEDNESDAY!

  2. Neil permalink
    April 11, 2010 7:08 pm

    £798 million wembley cost biggest waste of money since the millenium dome, probablly the worst pitch in the world.

  3. George permalink
    April 11, 2010 7:16 pm

    Absolutely atrocious. I think I’d rather play on my front lawn than play on that ploughed up field.

  4. gary permalink
    April 11, 2010 7:38 pm

    tottenham r so crap and its so funny. cant even beat championship portsmouth. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha up the mighty hammers

  5. chris west ham boy permalink
    April 11, 2010 7:52 pm

    wat a great weekend. west ham win and the spuds loose. fantastic. your just a small club from arsenal

  6. whoo hooo permalink
    April 11, 2010 8:28 pm

    should av brought boateng back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ha ha ha ha ha ha enjoy work tomorrow spuds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. April 11, 2010 9:13 pm

    Once again, WDKF appears to attract the most backward of British football fans. In a futile attempt to balance the opinions of retards such as the imaginatively named gary, chris west ham boy and whoo hooo here’s my tuppence worth.

    Portsmouth were well worth their win today, what a roller coaster weekend for their incredible fans, relegated yesterday and a Cup Final date today. With luck, the travelling hordes from the south coast will enjoy a wonderful day in London next month, and, after an awful season have good reason to smile.

    As a Tottenham fan of many years, quite simply Pompey wanted it more today and deserve a second appearance on the potato patch in London HA9 next month.

    For the aforementioned retards why not show some humility. You really should be ashamed of your words here.

  8. George permalink
    April 11, 2010 10:54 pm

    Good words Kevin, thank you.

  9. chris west ham boy permalink
    April 12, 2010 1:56 am

    kevin u r a smelly spud

  10. George permalink
    April 12, 2010 11:47 am

    If you have nothing to contribute to this article then don’t bother commenting please. Thanks.

  11. April 12, 2010 3:50 pm

    Just amazing…but I guess this is the end of the road for Pompey as facing Chelsea is another level this season (the big boss :D )

  12. Maserati4200 permalink
    April 12, 2010 3:58 pm

    The pitch was shite, the ref was shite, the ITV commentary was shite, Spurs were shite (especially Crouch), Pompey were shite.

    All-in-all, it was shite.

    P.S. some of the comments above are also shite.

    Best wishes,

    S. H. Ite (a Spurs fan)

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