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  • Portsmouth 3-1 Wolverhampton: Dindane,Doyle,Utaka,Brown scored

    The last game of Premier League football at Fratton Park, on Saturday 01/05/2010, for the foreseeable future saw a lively encounter and a 3-1 win for Portsmouth over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dindane first grabs score, Doyle then equalizer, but Utaka and Brown brings comfortable win for the host.

    Wolves had chances aplenty too, but goals from Aruna Dindane, John Utaka and Michael Brown were enough to give the relegated hosts the win.

    Kevin Doyle was the only man to score for Wolves, and Portsmouth’s victory owed much to the profligacy of the Wolves attack and the accomplished work of David James in goal.

    The two sides went into the game with little left to play for in the Premier League this season, and for the first quarter of an hour the contest was scrappy and uninspiring.

    The home side looked the livelier, but the visitors began to find their feet, testing James through a sharp free kick from David Jones and a flicked header from Doyle which Jody Craddock was only a bootlace away from tucking in.

    It was Portsmouth who took the lead, however. Brown floated in a free kick and Dindane was left in acres of space, picking a spot for his header past Marcus Hahnemann.

    Portsmouth grew in confidence but the visitors found the equaliser after 36 minutes. In echoes of the Portsmouth goal, Jones’s free kick found an unmarked Ronald Zubar. James made a sharp save, and then another to block the rebound from Doyle, but at the third attempt the Irishman beat the Portsmouth keeper.

    The home side restored their lead just five minutes later when Utaka, completely anonymous until that point, burst free of a challenge and fired a low drive from the outside of the area past an unsuspecting Hahnemann.

    At half-time Wolves manager Mick McCarthy signalled his attacking intent by bringing on Chris Iwelumo and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake soon after, but once more the game stuttered in a disjointed passage of play.

    Wolves fashioned better chances. Doyle kept James on his toes with a dipping volley, and then soon after rapping the post before Ebanks-Blake wasted the rebound.

    And Portsmouth punished their opponents with the third goal on the counter-attack courtesy of a low drive from Brown after a flick on from Tommy Smith.

    Still the chances rained down - Kevin Foley had acres of space only to fire a close-range shot straight at James, and then Ebanks-Blake again flashed a chance wide of the post from a good position.

    Frederic Piquionne blew a chance to strike Portsmouth’s fourth with time running down, but the hosts held firm and claimed all three points.

    Pompey remain rooted to the bottom of the table despite the win, while West Ham United and Wigan both have a chance to leapfrog Wolves in the table over the Bank Holiday weekend.
    Mark Patterson / Eurosport


    Team line-up:

    Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Zubar, Berra, Craddock, Elokobi, Foley, Henry, Mancienne, David Jones, Mujangi Bia, Doyle. Subs: Ikeme, Edwards, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Iwelumo, Milijas, Guedioura

    Portsmouth: James, Vanden Borre, Mokoena, Finnan, Sowah, Dindane, Brown, Hughes, Boateng, Utaka, Piquionne. Subs: Ashdown, Mullins, Diop, Smith, Kanu, Ward, Ritchie


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