POMPEY 2010 REWIND: Part four
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Thursday 30 Dec 2010 16:42:00
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The year is nearly for turning and we've reached part four of our week-long look back at Pompey's 2010 highlights. This one is all about a Friday night goal feast against one of those teams we love to hate...

 

Well no one saw that coming. Except perhaps Steve Cotterill. Pompey's new boss claimed less than a week a go that 'someone was due a hiding' from his erstwhile goal-shy side. With just two goals in seven games few had much faith, but how he was repaid against Leicester.

Granted Pompey had a bit of a break when a harsh red card saw Vitor sent off for a professional foul, compounded by a deflected goal from the resulting free-kick to make it 2-0.


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Cotterill said: ‘We'll take the negatives from that game and highlight them. We have to be big But by then Pompey had shown themselves to be a rather different proposition from the team which lost to the same opponents four days ago.

On Tuesday night in the Carling Cup it had been the visitors out of the traps much the quicker, but this time Pompey were the sharper and deserved the lead given to them by Liam Lawrence after he converted a tenth minute penalty, after a needless handball.

Pompey were buoyed by the goal and hasd much of the possession, but Lloyd Dyer was a handful and he created a couple of chances for first Steve Howard who shot wide, then Andy King who saw a goal chalked off for offside.

The incident which chanced the game game in the 33rd minute when David Nugent bustled through on goal and was brought down by Vitor. It was a clear foul but there seemed to be some covering defenders around. No matter. Lawrence's low shot from the resulting free-kick skipped off a defender into the top of the net.

In effect that was game over. Leicester simply collapsed in the second half as Pompey finally got the goals their progressive play at Sheffield United and in the second half against Palace merited.

Lawrence was class and composure personified on the left, while Nugent's hustle and bustle, coupled with Dave Kitson's intelligent hold-up play flummoxed City.

The killer third goal came as Nugent's clever dummy gave Kitson space to turn and work space for a shot. Conrad Logan beat away the effort and Nugent's follow up, but the ball ran loose and Nugent rolled home from a tight angle.

Within a minute it was four as Leicester's defence conveniently parted and Kitson showed class to chip the ball into an empty net.

Steve Howard poked home a consolation, as Pompey failed to deal with a cross, but that looked like rock-solid defending compared to the farcical fifth when  a sliced clearance flew across the six yard box to present Kitson with an easy chance eight minutes from time.

The goal of the night came in to last minute as Michael Brown capped his best disaply of the season to slalom into the penalty area, round the keeper and score from an acute angle.

'Milan's coming home,' sang the Fratton faithful and it is fair to say his former club has a somewhat better basis to build on than his present club, which he is due to sell to a far-east consortium imminently.

Late injuries to Rocha and the impressive Hayden Mullins were the only blots on an otherwise perfect night. If this result doesn't kick start the season, nothing will.

Pompey: Ashdown; Ward, Mokoena, Rocha (Sonko 82), Dickinson; Lawrence, Brown, Mullins (Ciftci 75), Utaka; Kitson, Nugent (Kanu 78)

Leicester: Logan; Neilson, Morrison, Vitor, Berner; Oakley, Abe (Hobbs 36); Waghorn, King, Dyer (Fryatt 59); Howard

Referee: Keith Hill

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